The dynamic offenses of the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers have lived up to the billing thus far in this year’s world series. Some have already gone as far as to say last nights crucial game 5 was the greatest world series game in it’s history. Considering the world series has been an american and baseball tradition for over a decade, this is a monumental statement. I don’t know if I could quite go to that extent and proclaim it the great world series game ever, but it was an instant classic. Games 2 and 5 of this fall classic in particular are two that will be talked about amongst baseball fans for years to come.
The strength of both of these talented teams is on the offensive end with the bats. With 23 total home runs in this series, breaking an all time world series record with potentially two games left, these bats are hotter than we’ve ever seen in late october. And although Houston’s bullpen is below average, in the grand scheme, this offensive clinic is very impressive given the star power of the pitching on both sides. Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Yu Darvish, and Kanley Jansen, just to name a few.
Last night in a critical game 5 from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the game fittingly needed extra innings to decide a winner. This marks the second time a game in this world series advanced into extras.
The Dodgers looked to be off and running on Houston’s home field early on, as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead. A comfortable cushion considering Kershaw, who has been outstanding for the Dodgers this postseason, was on the bump for Los Angeles. However, in the bottom of the 4th inning the Astros would respond in a big way with four runs of their own. Houston First baseman Yulieski Gurriel highlighted this burst of offense by jacking a three run homer off Kershaw, driving himself and star teammates Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa home.
I have felt every human emotion in the last 5 hours. That's baseball. God I love this game. #WorldSeries
— Denise Brown (@denisebrownLA) October 30, 2017
The following inning the fireworks would on get hotter. In the top half the Dodgers would get a three run dinger from outstanding rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger. Up 7-4, the Dodgers were once again in command. However the Astros bats simply could not be stopped, as the offense responded yet again, Altuve smacked a three run shot of his own. You couldn’t script this game the way it played out, the offensive showcase and back and forth pattern of the game was baffling to see.
As the game entered its latter stages, the scoring pattern was very similar to the beginning. The two teams continued to trade runs, but with two more bigs home runs by Correa and veteran catcher Brian McCann, the Astros entered the top of the ninth looking to close out game 5 and take a 3-2 series lead with just three outs remaining. This young Dodgers squad continued to show resiliency and refuse to lay down. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig hit a two run home run over the left field wall, cutting the Astros lead to one. And with two outs and a runner on third, lead off hitter and center fielder for the Dodgers Chris Taylor hit an all time clutch RBI single right up the middle to tie the game at 12.
Free baseball to decide this critical game would ensue, and the Astros rode the wave of momentum their proud fan base gave them, and third baseman Alex Bregman capped off an amazing game with an RBI single, scoring the 13th and game winning run to knock off the Dodgers. After a wild one in H-Town, the Astros now travel back to Los Angeles, and will try to capture the organizations first world series title on halloween night in game 6.
Some say baseball is a dying sport in the present day due to the game’s slow nature. Last night’s game concluded at 1:45 am eastern time, totaling over five hours of game time. Although this is an issue on the MLB’s hands, this series is doing baseball a huge service, revitalizing fans interest with an offensive and home run display this sport hasn’t ever seen in it’s glorified history.