While it’s been over a week since it happened, for the first time in their franchise history, the Houston Astros have won the World Series. It was an uphill climb against the best team in the regular season of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Houston had to win two extra-inning games on the road and then at home on route to their first championship.
After a 3-1 loss in the first game at Dodger Stadium, the Astros won the next game in an 11 inning slugfest, where a record eight homeruns combined were hit in the 7-6 final. Going back to Houston for the next three games, the Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. took to the mound and stymied the Dodgers, allowing for the offense to go off on the Dodgers’ starter, Yu Darvish. That game ended in a 5-3 finale. However, the next night did not prove to be just as easy, with Los Angeles getting to the Astros’ bullpen enough to claim a 6-2 victory, tying the series at two games apiece. The next night was another slugfest and an even more back and forth brawl between the two best West Division teams, rocked by a walk-off victory in extras with the final score being 13-12 Astros. Upon returning to Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers reclaimed their mojo in a 3-1 victory to beat ace pitcher Justin Verlander in game six, bringing the series down to the last round that is game seven.
Starting the game for Los Angeles, Darvish did not have good command right out of the gate, as Astros outfielder George Springer jumped on his mistakes twice for a double in the first inning and then a home run in the second. Despite only lasting less than three innings for Houston, McCullers Jr. was able to keep the Dodgers off the board despite the many men they left on base and would leave throughout the majority of the contest. Starter Charlie Morton came in as a reliever and pitched four innings of one-run ball to help Houston shut down the Dodgers’ offense and claim their first title in their 56-year history.
Springer walked away the World Series MVP honors, having batted 11 for 29 with five home runs in the series. As if winning the World Series was not enough, shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, during the celebration. With their festivities the past Friday, Houston is now looking stronger than ever in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Congratulations, Houston. You have lifted up your trophy.