Dodgers defend home turf; force game 7

-Nick Pooler

The Los Angeles Dodgers brought their pitching and defense Tuesday night as they defeated the Astros 3-1. Justin Verlander received his first loss as an Astro. The Astros got off to a hot start when George Springer kept the power going with his fourth home run of the series to give the Astros an early 1-0 lead. The Dodgers used a big sixth inning where Chris Taylor’s bat struck again lining a double into right scoring Austin Barnes to give them the lead. The very next batter Corey Seager just missed a go-ahead three-run home run but came up short. Instead it was still very productive as it scored Barnes on a deep sacrifice fly to right. Behind the great pitching of Rich Hill, who was pulled in the fifth inning while striking out five. Hill’s departure did not sit well with the home crowd as they booed manager Dave Roberts on his way out to the mound. Roberts plan paid off as reliever Brandon Morrow got the out to get out of the inning. Morrow, Tony Watson, Kenta Maeda and Kenley Jansen combined for 4.1 innings, 2 hits, 0 earned runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts to continue the stellar play of their bullpen. The Dodgers held on to this lead but Joc Pederson decided he wanted some insurance and shot off an opposite field solo home run in the seventh¬†inning off of reliever Joe Musgrove. This gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead that they held onto. Jansen recorded the two inning save to pick up his second of the series. Game seven will be played tomorrow night in a thriller on the first day of November. The Astros will send Lance McCuller’s Jr to the mound as the Dodgers will send Yu Darvish to the hill. This will be a great way to end a stellar season.