Astros power 3-2 lead heading back to LA

-Nick Pooler

In a game that was talked up to be a pitchers dual, turned into a run fest. The Dodgers and Astros found themselves in another game coming down to the wire with the Astros coming out on top yet again with their power. Although they needed ten innings, their big power surge came in the bottom of the seventh when Brandon Morrow of the Dodgers came on for his fifth consecutive game where he met George Springer on a lead-off home run. This was followed by an Alex Bregman single and a Jose Altuve double that scored Bregman. The next batter Carlos Correa blasted a towering two-run home run into the left field bleachers for his fifth of the postseason. Tony Cingrani came on and stopped the bleeding at 11-8 to end the seventh. The scoring began in the very first inning when Logan Forsythe hit a line-drive two-run single to left field. Later in the inning Forsythe stole second and on a wild throw Enrique Hernandez came into score to make it 3-0. This lead was made larger in the top of the fourth when Austin Barnes singled to left to make it 4-0 Dodgers. The Astros finally got to Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth when Correa doubled scoring Springer. Yuli Gurriel, electrified the home crowd with a three-run home run to tie the game at four. Rookie first baseman for the Dodgers Cody Bellinger came right back in the top of the fifth to continue the power surge with a three-run home run of his own. But just as the series has gone, Altuve came right back in the bottom half with his very own three-run home run to tie the game at seven apiece. Right before the Astros big inning in the bottom of the seventh, Bellinger tripled in the top half when he hit a line-drive to center that Springer dove for and the ball went under his glove. This play scored Hernandez making it 8-7 Dodgers. After the Astros come back they relied on one of their favorites, Brad Peacock to lead the way the rest of the game. He started the top of the eighth with a strikeout on Barnes. After his early success, Joc Pederson decided to put a jolt in his plan as he drilled a double off of the left field wall that just missed a home run. Dodgers lead-off hitter Chris Taylor then stepped up as he got drilled by 1-1 pitch right in his side. This put a man on first and second with one out. After hitting Taylor, AJ Hinch, Astros Manager, made his way to the mound as he took out Peacock and put in right handed reliever Will Harris. Harris’s first batter faced was one of the Dodgers best Corey Seager as he came up with a big chance to change the game as he prevailed. First pitch swinging, Seager doubled into the left center gap scoring Pederson and making it an 11-9 game. Harris then tried to bounce back against one of the top hitters in baseball Justin Turner. With first base open and two men on, the Astros surprisingly decided to not intentionally walk him. Instead, Harris pitched aggressively to Turner getting him to line-out to Josh Reddick in right field. With Reddick’s strong arm the Dodgers elected to not send Taylor on third. Two on two out the Dodgers went with pinch hitter Andre Ethier over Hernandez and the Astros pulled their own substitution as it was the end of the day for Harris. Chris Devenski made his entrance with a big at-bat in the making. After two pitches, Devenski got out of it getting Ethier to ground out to first to end the threat and survive the top of the eighth. The Astros padded onto their lead in the bottom of the eighth when an unlikely power surge came off the bat of catcher Brian McCann making it 12-9 Astros and putting an end to Cingrani’s night. Ross Stripling came on for the Dodgers looking to get out of the inning without any more harm. Springer welcomed him into the game with a line drive single to right field. But Stripling put an end to that quickly getting Bregman to ground into an inning ending double play. With closer Ken Giles confidence all the way down, the Astros had some conflict going into the ninth on who to have close out this slug fest. They elected to stick with Devenski. Bellinger lead off the ninth with walk, not the ideal start for the Astros. Forsythe stepped up for the Dodgers in a big chance to help out his team as he already had a double and a single. Devenski got him swinging on four pitches. Yasiel Puig who is known for big moments came to the plate for Los Angeles. Puig, lived up to his name as he reached out and pulled a Devenski changeup over the left field fence. This made it 12-11 Astros with one out in the ninth. With Puig’s home run, it set a record for most home runs in a World Series with 22. Barnes stepped in for the Dodgers hoping to keep the game alive. Barnes ripped a ball into the left-center gap, Springer chased it down and Barnes slid into second for a double as Altuve dove to tag him out and missed by less than a second. With the tying run on second and one out, Pederson grounded out to Correa although he did advance the tying run to third. This brought up the speedy lead-off hitter Taylor. With Barnes looming 90-feet away at third, Taylor stepped up for quite possibly the biggest at bat of his career. Devenski brought the count to 2-2, the whole Houston crowd came rising to their feet. Chris Taylor comes up with the biggest hit yet as he smacks a line drive single to center field scoring Barnes. The wild game was not ending yet as the score was now 12-12. Seager flied out to center to end the inning. It was now up to Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers to send this game to extra innings. Jose Altuve lead off the ninth for the Astros as he drilled a deep fly ball to center that was tracked down by Pederson. Correa came up next as he fouled out to Bellinger at first as Bellinger lunged into the crowd to make the catch over the reaching fans. Gurriel stepped up next as he just missed a walk-off home run smashing a stand up double off the left field wall. Reddick now stepped in with a chance to win the game and give his team a 3-2 series lead. The speedy Cameron Maybin who was acquired at the trade deadline for the Angels came on to run for Gurriel. Reddick did not prevail as he flied out to left field. This extended the game into extra innings which is the last thing that these teams needed as neither of them can afford to waste anymore pitching. Joe Musgrove stepped out to the mound for the top of the tenth. Turner led off the inning with a line-out. Ethier than singled to left field to give the Dodgers a base runner. Bellinger could not keep his bat hot as he just came short of his second home run but in the end flew out to deep center field. Forsythe grounded out to shortstop as Musgrove and the Astros survived the top of the tenth. Jansen headed out for his second inning of work. The Astros threatened in the bottom of the ninth when McCann got hit by a pitch and Springer walked. With two outs, Hinch made the decision to run Derek Fisher for McCann as the winning run on second. Bregman stepped up needing just a single to win the game. Bregman previously hit a home run off of Jansen in game 4 last night. Bregman finally sent the game home as he ripped an RBI single into left field scoring Fisher. After a game that lasted five hours and seventeen minutes that included 25 runs and 28 hits. Alex Bregman and the Astros go on the road back to Los Angeles with a 3-2 series lead.

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