World Series Recap

Scott Johnson, Viewpoints Editor

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The Houston Astros are finally World Series Champions! They got their first championship in the franchise, this year, during their 55th season. George Springer was named MVP for the series and Carlos Correa proposed to his wife moments after the win. Many things culminated for the Astros this season for them to beat the Dodgers for the World Series title.


Game one started in 103°F weather, which is now recorded as the hottest World Series game ever played. Clayton Kershaw started pitching for the Dodgers against Astros pitcher, Dallas Keuchel. Chris Taylor hit a home run on Keuchel’s first pitch of the game. The Astros responded in the fourth inning with Alex Bregman also hitting a home run. In the sixth, Justin Turner hit the go-ahead two-run home run for the Dodgers. Keuchel struck out 11 in seven innings, and Kenley Jansen got the save for the Dodgers. The two-hour, 28-minute game ended up being the shortest World Series game since 1992. The final score was 3-1.

World Series: L.A. Dodgers: 1 Houston Astros: 0


Game two was a long game with Dodgers pitcher, Rich Hill and Astros pitcher, Justin Verlander  going against each other. The Astros scored first with Bregman driving in Josh Reddick in the third. Hill struck out seven batters in four innings, but was replaced in the fifth by Kenta Maeda. Joc Pederson tied the game with a home run in the fifth, and Corey Seager hit a two-run home run in the sixth for the Dodgers. Verlander had two hits, in six innings pitched. Correa drove in the second run in the eighth, and Marwin González hit a home run in the ninth to tie the game once again. The game went to extra innings, and both José Altuve and Correa hit home runs off of Dodgers pitcher, Josh Fields in the tenth inning. In the bottom of the inning Yasiel Puig hit a home run off of Ken Giles, and Enrique Hernández drove in Logan Forsythe to tie it again for the Dodgers. Springer hit a two-run home run to take the lead for the Astros in the 11th inning. Charlie Culberson homered off of Chris Devenski, and he struck out Puig to end the game.The Astros set a record for most combined home runs in a World Series game, and they won their first ever World Series game. The final score was 7-6.

World Series: L.A. Dodgers: 1 Houston Astros: 1


Game three took place in Houston for the first time in the World Series as Yu Darvish and Lance McCullers Jr. squared off to try and give their team a lead in the series. The Astros scored four runs in the bottom of the second with a home run by Yuli Gurriel and RBIs by González, Brian McCann, and Bregman. Pitcher, Yu Darvish was replaced after 1⅔ innings. The Dodgers scored a run in the third as Seager grounded into a double play after a loaded bases from three straight walks from McCullers. Evan Gattis scored an RBI single in the fifth, and the Dodgers added two in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Puig off a wild pitch. McCullers pitched 5⅓ innings allowing three runs off four hits. Brad Peacock then replaced him completing 3⅔ innings with no hits and four strikeouts. It was the longest hitless relief outing since Game four in 1964. Gurriel made a racial gesture in the dugout after his home run. He stretched the sides of his eyes and mouthed the Spanish word chinito, which means “little Chinese Boy”. Gurriel apologized knowing it was offensive in Japan, where he played and where Darvish is from. As consequence, Gurriel is suspended for the first five games next year without pay. The final score was 5-3.

World Series: Houston Astros: 2 L.A. Dodgers: 1


Game four was the second of three played in Houston for the series with Alex Wood pitching for the Dodgers and the Charlie Morton pitching for the Astros. Springer homered in the sixth off Wood for the first run of the game. Wood only allowed one hit in 5⅔ innings. Forsythe drove in Cody Bellinger to tie the game in the seventh. Morton struck out seven and allowed three hits and a run in 6⅓ innings. Bellinger drove the go-ahead run in the ninth off Giles, and the Dodgers added four more on a sacrifice fly by Austin Barnes and a three-run homer by Pederson. Bregman homered in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough for the Astros for a win. That game, the Dodgers tied up the series. Both pitching coaches said that the baseballs being used for the World Series were slicker than the regular season baseballs. Pitchers said that the difference made it more difficult to throw their sliders. The final score was 6-2.

World Series: Houston Astros: 2 L.A. Dodgers: 2


Game five was the last game in Houston for the series, and it had Kershaw and Keuchel pitching against each other in a rematch of Game one. Forsythe singled off Keuchel in the first inning and brought in two runs. A third run was then scored from a throwing error by Gurriel. Barnes singled allowing Forsythe to score, making it 4-0. Keuchel lasted only 3⅔ innings for the Astros allowing five hits and four runs. The Astros scored with an RBI double by Correa followed by a three-run home run by Gurriel to tie the game. Bellinger hit a three-run home run off Collin McHugh in the fifth. Altuve responded back with a three-run home run off Maeda to tie it up once again. Kershaw lated 4⅔ innings allowing six runs on four hits. A triple made by Bellinger, that resulted in an error made by Springer, scored Hernández. Springer hit a home run to tie the game again. Bregman scored on a double from Altuve, and Correa hit a two-run home run to further their lead. Seager doubled in a run to, once again, tie the game, and McCann hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth. Puig hit a two-run home run in the ninth to break the World Series home run record of 21 home runs set back in 2002. Chris Taylor drove in Barnes to tie the game. In the tenth, McCann was hit by a pitch, Springer was walked, and Bregman singled to bring in the winning run. The Astros became the first team to come back twice from three runs in the same game. The game lasted five hours and seventeen minutes making it the second longest World Series game after Game three of the 2005 World Series game. The final score was 13-12.

World Series: Houston Astros: 3 L.A. Dodgers: 2


Game 6 was back in L.A. with Verlander and Hill squaring off again once again pitching for their teams. Springer hit a home run off of Hill in the third making it his fourth of the series. The Astros loaded the bases in the fifth but didn’t score a run. Hill pitched 4⅔ innings with five strikeouts and four hits. In the sixth, Taylor tied the game with an RBI double and Seager hitting a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers the lead. Verlander pitched six innings with nine strikeouts and three hits. Pederson hit a home run in the seventh, and Jansen got the save for the Dodgers to tie the series. Andre Either set a Dodgers franchise record with his 50th career postseason game.

World Series: Houston Astros: 3 L.A. Dodgers: 3


Game seven had everything on the line for both teams with the loser getting nothing and the winner receiving the champion title. It was the first World Series Game 7 in Dodger Stadium. It was also the first time since 1931 that a series went to a Game 7 with both teams holding at least 100 wins. The pitchers for this game were McCullers for the Astros and Darvish for the Dodgers. Springer opened the game with a double and scored on an error made by Bellinger. Bregman reached second on the error, stole third, and scored on Altuve’s groundout. McCann scored on a groundout hit in the second. Springer then hit a two-run home run, which made it his fifth in the series. Darvish only lasted 1⅔ innings until Morrow relieved him by pitching the remaining seven innings. McCullers lasted only 2⅓ innings allowing three hits and a World Series record four batters. Either scored Pederson on a single in the sixth which made that the Dodgers’ only run. Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings of relief, and Morton pitched four innings of relief to earn the win. The game ended when Seager grounded to Altuve, who threw it to Gurriel to end not only the game, series, season, but their 55-year drought. The Astros became the third straight road team to win a World Series Game seven as well as the fourth consecutive team to end the Series on the road (2014 Giants. 2015 Royals, 2016 Cubs). Springer won the World series MVP Award.

World Series: Houston Astros: 4 L.A. Dodgers: 3. Astros win series.


The teams tied in runs with 34 apiece, the Astros with more hits with 56-47, the Dodgers with more errors with 4-2.

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