EXTRA innings. Home runs. Yo-yoing lead changes. Game 2 of the 2017 World Series had it all. A record-setting offensive display when the going got tough turned this game on its head and what seemed like a fairly mundane game of baseball quickly became one that we won’t ever forget. Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, you can still respect an epic seesawing battle like this one.
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TO kick things off it seemed like both starting pitchers Rich Hill and Justin Verlander were going to dictate how this game was played. However, the deadlock was broken when an Alex Bregman single allowed his teammate Josh Reddick to score the games first run in the third inning.
FROM there any control that the pitchers had of keeping this a low scoring affair went out the window. The Dodgers seized their chance in the bottom of the 5th with the games first home run to right center field courtesy of Joc Pederson. LA’s shortstop Corey Seager followed his lead an innings later with a massive two-run bomb giving his squad a 3-1 advantage.
IT seemed like the game was set to stay at 3-1 much like Game 1 as we reached the 8th inning. Astros All-Star Carlos Correa had other ideas hitting an RBI to narrow the deficit 3-2 followed by Marwin Gonzalez’s first home run of the postseason, off the previously lethal Dodgers closer Kenly Jansen. After a scoreless 9th inning we ended regulation at three apiece and then the fun really began.
WITH extra innings on the agenda, Houston’s superstars rose to the occasion that was in front of them. Pint sized stud Jose Altuve, who may just be the best player in baseball, nailed the go-ahead home run off Josh Fields to open the 10th inning. The damage wasn’t done there with Fields sacrificing a 427-foot monster (the longest home run of the night) in Houston’s next at-bat courtesy once again of Carlos Correa. Suddenly the Dodgers found themselves down by two and in danger of letting the Astro’s even the series at one.
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WITH a chance to win it Ken Giles stepped up to the mound facing Yasiel Puig. His fourth pitch to ‘The Wild Horse’ gave us yet another home run, this time over 400 feet to the left. With two outs, the Dodgers stayed alive via an RBI single from Enrique Hernandez and Giles looked like he was on the verge of letting the game slip away with scores once again locked 5-5. With a runner on second, Chris Devenski took over from Giles and managed to get Chris Taylor to fly-out meaning things weren’t over yet.
CAMERON Maybin (who entered in the 10th inning) made his way to first and then stole second with George Springer at-bat. He was in a perfect position to see Springer hit his first playoff home run since Game 2 against Boston in the ALDS and most importantly help move Houston in front again 7-5. McCarthy was able to retire three consecutive batters without conceding any more runs, giving LA some sense of hope.
THERE was still a final twist to come with a World Series record eighth home run coming off Charlie Culberson’s bat after the Dodgers already chalked up two outs. Devenski then faced Puig for a tense final at-bat of the game with his ninth pitch to him proving to be the final one of the game. That meant that after 55 years in the competition the Astros finally had a World Series win to their names but boy did they have to earn it.
IN a match that had it all, it’s hard to see the teams living up to those extreme heights in the now best of five series as we shift to Houston. The momentum generated from the Astro’s star trio of Altuve, Correa and Springer gives them the world of confidence heading into Game 3 and if they can complete a clean sweep of games at home (where they are 6-0 these playoffs) then they could capture the franchises maiden Fall Classic trophy. Los Angeles isn’t going to go down without a fight though and after a quiet game from October heroes, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor expect a bounce-back performance. One thing is for sure, with superstars from both squads on each side of the ball loading the 2017 finale, make sure you don’t miss another pitch.
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