The Houston Astros entered Tuesday’s Game 6 of the 2017 World Series with a chance to secure the franchise's first world series champion.
But it wasn’t meant to be. The Astros would fall 3-1 in Game 6 to setup a Game 7 in Los Angeles.
Houston appeared primed to secure that championship with RHP Justin Verlander on the mound. Verlander was 9-0 in his 10 appearances (nine starts) since being acquired by the Astros entering his second start in the World Series.
For the most part, Verlander did his job. Through the first five innings, Verlander allowed just one hit and struck out eight.
But it wasn’t enough with the Astros unable to push across runs six times with runners in scoring position through seven innings.
The Dodgers would get two runs in the sixth inning off Verlander. Verlander allowed a lead off single to Austin Barnes and hit Chase Utley with a breaking ball in the dirt.
Chris Taylor came through with the hit of the game, smacked a ball the other way for double down the right field line, scoring Barnes and putting Utley on third. Utley would score on a sacrifice fly.
The Astros’ one run was result of a George Springer solo shot in the third inning to put Houston up 1-0 at the time.
The Astros' best offensive chance to add to the lead came in the fifth inning. Marwin Gonzalez put two runners in scoring position with no outs with a double. But Rich Hill rebounded from a 3-0 count to strikeout Josh Reddick then follow that up with a strikeout of Verlander. After an intentional walk to Springer, Brandon Morrow retired Alex Bregman with two pitches.
Just to twist the knife deeper, Joc Peterson hit his second home run off Joe Musgrove in the seventh inning to make the Dodger lead two runs at 3-1.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eight inning and Kenley Jansen entered. Unlike game 4 or 5, Jansen had a clean two innings.