2017-11-02 / Sports

BASEBALL’S BEST

Game five was one for the ages
By LAMAR GARRARD
baseball historian

“A World Series trophy is something to behold” ... Willie Stargell, Hall of Fame player and two-time World Series winner.

Well the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been giving us a World Series that has been a nail-biting, roller coaster, up and down and all around sit on the edge of your seat kind of series!

This past Sunday night saw the two teams enter the fifth game tied at 2-2. Some people called game two the zaniest World Series game ever. Houston had an extra inning come-from-behind win 7-6 with a record eight homers hit in that slugfest.

Well, “we ain’t seen nothing yet,” as they say, until the Sunday game. I was prepared to see Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw take out the Houston batters like he did in the first game when he chalked up 11 strikeouts. Kershaw and his opposing pitcher, Dallas Keuchel left the game before five inningswere up

The Dodgers started the game in the first inning with a 3-0 lead. They added run number four in the fourth inning and the the Astros’ bats exploded in the bottom of the fourth with a homer by Gur r iel that scored Altuve and Correa who had singled and doubled.

The fifth inning was explosive as both teams scored three more runs to be tied at 7.

It seemed like every time a leadoff hitter was walked, someone would hit a home run. The Astros gave up two walks when Dodger first baseman Bellinger clouted a three-run homer to take the lead. In the bottom of the inning, Houston’s MVP candidate, Jose Altuve, hit a three-run smacker to tie the game.

The ball seemed to fly out of the park. Even easy pop ups that normally would stay in were somehow leaving the yard. The speculation during the series was that the ball is “juiced” or lively and many pitchers complained that the ball was slicker and not easy to grip. Put that with Houston’s small dimension outfield and you are in for more hits and runs that you can count.

In the seventh inning, Bellinger again propeled the Dodgers to an 8-7 lead with a triple. In the bottom of the seventh, the Astros scored four runs on two homers, a single, and a double to go ahead 11-8.

In the ninth inning with the score at 12 apiece, the game went to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th the drama intensified.

With two outs, McCann was hit by a pitch, Springer walked, and Fisher came in to run for McCann. Defensive standout third baseman Bregman delivered a walk-off left field single to secure a climactic and heart-attack-type win for the Astros.

The five-hour-plus marathon produced 28 hits including six home runs.The 43,000 fans saw each team use seven pitchers all trying in vain to keep the ball inside tiny, tiny Minute Maid Park.

As you read this we will have a new World Champion which I will write about next week.

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