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Houston Astros Champions

November 10, 2017

This year’s World Series was one for the ages. I’m not going to act like it wasn’t partly because the baseballs are different and hitter-friendly because it’s pretty obvious that is the case. However, many baseball fans, including myself, tuned in to watch at least part of all seven games because these two teams were so intriguing.

There was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had not been in the World Series since 1988. The Dodgers are often called “the Hollywood team” with their good-looking star pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and their lovable team owner: Magic Johnson. The Dodgers would win a Major League Baseball best of 103 games during the regular season and dismantle the Diamondbacks and Cubs on their way to winning the National League pennant.

Then, there was the Houston Astros, who had never won the World Series in their 57 years of existence. A team that was the worst in baseball just a few seasons ago used tanking and great drafting to become an offensive powerhouse. The Astros won 101 games in their regular season and acquired pitching ace Justin Verlander but were overshadowed by the Indians’ 22 game win streak towards the end of the regular season. The Indians blew a 2-0 lead to the Yankees in the American League Division Series, and the Astros took down the Red Sox in four games and then the Yankees in an eventful seven games to clinch a World Series berth.

In Game 1 of the World Series, the Astros’ offense stalled and Houston starter Dallas Keuchel gave up three earned runs. The Dodgers would take a 1-0 series lead as everyone thought they would. Game 2 looked like it was going to go to the Dodgers as well. The team held a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning, but the Astros scored in the eighth inning and another in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. The Astros’ offense would carry them to a 7-6 victory to even the series.

The series moved to Houston, Texas for the next three games with the series tied 1-1. Thanks to a couple errors by the Dodgers and a four-run second inning, the Astros would take the lead in the series 2-1 after a 5-3, Game 3 victory. The Astros struck first in Game 4 as they took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, but in the next inning, the Dodgers came right back and scored one of their own to tie the game. The Dodgers would score five runs in the ninth inning to seal the victory and even the series once again.

Game 5 was by far the most interesting game of the entire playoffs. Each team had 14 hits, and they combined for 25 runs. The Dodgers had a four-run lead in the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Astros drove in four runs to tie the game. Each team would score three runs in the fifth and the Astros would score four more in the seventh inning. Going into the ninth inning, Houston led 12-9, but L.A rallied for three runs to send the game into extra innings. Astros infielder Alex Bregman would drive in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth to give the Astros a walk-off win, ending an incredibly intense game.

We all knew early on in the series that this game was destined to go seven games. In Game 6, Rich Hill and the L.A bullpen shut down the Houston offense, and the Dodgers walked away with a 3-1 victory. Compared to last year’s World Series Game 7 between the Indians and the Cubs, this Game 7 was pretty uneventful. The Astros scored five runs in the first two innings and the Dodgers were only able to drive in one run in the bottom of the sixth. The Astros would easily win Game 7, 5-1 and win the first World Series in the team’s history.

This World Series was special because it was a fight between Hollywood and the underdog team who was the worst in baseball just four seasons ago. We got to see 6’4’’ Clayton Kershaw dominate opposing hitters, but we also got to see 5’6’’ Jose Altuve hit dingers against the league’s best pitchers as well. The Astros won this series just a couple months removed from a hurricane that bulldozed through their city and destroyed many parts of the city that the players and fans live in and love so much. Houston deserves to enjoy this championship.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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