The Houston Astros became world champions this past Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The Astros won their first World Series in the franchise’s history, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. This Series, however, was no ordinary World Series. It featured two of the best World Series games ever seen in Games 2 and 5.
Game 2 was the better of the two games, and I don’t know how anyone can dispute that.
The game featured seven home runs in the 10 innings played, and it was a true back-and-forth battle.
The Dodgers started the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning followed by another in the fourth. Houston responded with a four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth, featuring a three-run shot by Yuli Gurriel. L.A.’s response? A three-run homer of its own in its next at-bats. Houston’s response to that? You guessed it, a three-run home run hit by José Altuve. Four home runs later, the bottom of the ninth came and went, and the two powerhouse lineups found themselves tied 12-12.
The Astros held until third basemen Alex Bregman hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Game 2 was the basis on which the Houston Astros learned they were fully capable of beating the Dodgers and winning the Series. Game 5 was nearly as exciting.
Instead of defending its home turf, Houston traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers and their crowd.
As was the case for the entire series, Game 5 was another home run extravaganza, with eight home runs, or four a piece. It just so happened that six of those homers were in the ninth inning or later. In the top of the 10th, Houston hit back-to-back home runs, courtesy of Altuve and Carlos Correa.
Despite putting pressure on the Dodgers, the home team responded with two homers of their own from Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernández.
Houston answered with a two-run shot in the top of the 11th from World Series MVP George Springer. This time around, the two-run lead was enough, even with a Charlie Cluberson dinger in the bottom of the 11th. These two games were what did it for the ‘Stros. Even though Games 2 and 5 were the highlights of the Series, the Series as a whole was one for the record books – literally.
This year’s Game 7 was the first in which both teams’ starting pitchers were pulled before completing three innings (record). George Springer had four consecutive games with a home run (record), had five home runs throughout the Series (tied record) and recorded 29 total bases (record). There were 14 players who hit home runs (record), and there were a whopping 25 home runs hit between both teams (record).
The sheer amount of home runs and extra bases hit during this World Series made it so not only did we have exciting games, but it got to the point where watching the games was so nerve-racking because it was common knowledge that anyone could hit a home run at any time.
Even considering the volatile lineups both teams feature, it was somewhat surprising how many home runs and extra base hits there were, as neither team’s pitching rotations were weak by any means.
While the Astros were the underdog victors in this year’s World Series, some individual Astros provided us with awesome stories in themselves.
José Altuve brought a great win to Venezuela, a country that’s desperate for a win.
Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend after winning Game 7, and Evan Gattis won a World Series ring 10 years after holding a janitorial position and battling addiction.
For a team that, just a short time ago, was the worst team in the MLB, it sure is a Cinderella story for the Astros to win the World Series.