179 games into the 2017 season and the Houston Astros season comes down to one game. The Astros and Los Angles Dodgers entered Wednesday night in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. One team would raise the Commissioner's Trophy and the other would be left wondering what could have been.
The Astros wouldn’t be the team left wanting anymore. The Astros won 5-1 on Wednesday to secure the franchise's first World Series title.
If the Astros could have asked for a perfect start to Game 7 it would have looked like what actually happened in the first two innings. George Springer opened up the game again former Ranger Yu Darvish with a sharp double down the left field line.
A throwing error between Cody Bellinger and Dravish with Alex Bregman charging down the first base line, allowed Springer to score. Bregman continued the aggressive start for Houston by stealing third base and scoring on a ground out by Jose Altuve.
Houston led 2-0 but the lead would grow to 5-0 by the second inning.
Like a flashback to the fifth inning in the fifth. Brian McCann reached to lead off the second and moved to third on a Marwin Gonzalez double. Lance McCullers Jr. grounded to first to allow McCann to score.
But Springer allowed Gonzalez to walk home after he rocked 3-2 fastball from Darvish 400-plus feet for his fourth home run in the World Series in as many games. He the first player ever to hit a home run in four straight games in the same series.
McCullers had just as much traffic on the base paths in the first few inning. He clearly was geeked up and couldn’t control his fastball. He hit three batters in his 2 1⁄3 innings of work. But he worked around a jam in the first inning with a ground out of Joc Pederson and a double play line drive by Chris Taylor in the second inning.
Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen combined to pitch five innings, shutting down the Astros offense. Kershaw allowed two hits and struck out four. Frankly, Kershaw looked far sharper then Darvish even on extremely short rest.
Brad Peacock entered the game and got out of the third inning jam left by McCullers and pitched a clean fourth inning.
Peacock struggled in the fifth inning and was replaced by Francisco Liriano to get Cody Bellinger. Liriano was successful for the second time in the World Series to get Bellinger. Chris Devesnki was able to get Yasiel Puig to hold the Dodgers off the board through five innings.
The Dodgers would get a run in the sixth inning off a Andre Ethier pinch hit single. But Charlie Morton settled down after allowing the first two batters to reach in the sixth. He struck out Chris Taylor and getting Corey Seager to ground out.
Morton, the Game 4 starter and making only second career relief appearance, continued to dominate in the seventh and eight innings. Morton retired eight batters in a row to enter the ninth inning.
Morton was pitching well enough that he remained into the game bat to start the ninth inning. Morton returned for the ninth and finished the job, and the Astros stormed the field.