The Underdogs Pull Through

Jackson Muskrat and Mason Woods

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The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros world series finals were played in both stadiums in Washington and Houston, starting on October 22 going through October 30. In this series, all 7 games were needed to have a team come out on top. During game seven the Astros put up two runs in the first and fifth inning. The seventh inning was when the tables turned, the Nationals put up three runs to be in the lead three to two. In the last two innings the Nationals put up three more runs while the Astros could not find home. Adam Eaton helped the Nationals win by having two RBI’s while Howie Kendrick held the same stat. The two who helped contribute to the Astros were Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa. 

Game 4 was the game that everyone thought was going to change the result of the Nationals taking home the title. Going into game 4 the Astros were behind in the series 2-1, after game four they ended up tying the series up. People thought it was over for the Nationals considering they lost 8-1 in game four. On top of that, this was their first time contending in the world series. Part of the Astros success in game four was from their pitcher José Urquidy, who contributed in 4 strikeouts. 

Having the Nationals be in the World Series for the first time makes some people believe that other teams should have replaced them. We interviewed a New York Yankees fan who was upset about them losing in the semifinals game to the Astros. He shared his thoughts with us and said, ”I believe the Yankees would have performed better and made a better challenge for the Nationals”(Schunder). 

Game 2 was a game where the Nationals really made a statement. Through 6 inning the 2 teams were tied 2-2 and neither team had scored since the first inning. Then in the top of the seventh inning the Nationals blew the game open and scored 6 runs that included a Kurt Suzuki solo home run. The nationals scored 4 more runs over the next 2 innings and won the game 12-3. This gave them a 2-0 lead in the series and really made people believe they had a good shot of winning the World Series.

Game 5 was a huge game for the Astros. Astros ace Gerrit Cole had an outstanding performance pitching 7 innings and only gave up 1 run off of a solo home run from Juan Soto in the seventh inning. The Astros piled on with three two run home runs from Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa, and George Springer throughout the game to give the Astros a 7-1 win. 

Game 6 was a must win for the Nationals. They were down 3-2 and if they lost then the series would be over. Stephen Strausburg put on a dominating performance pitching 8 and one third of an inning and only giving up 2 runs. Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was a key factor in the win with 5 RBIs. This forced the anticipated game 7.