Image: Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles and Houston – The Houston Astros baseball team won its first World Series to become the World Champions! The 5 to 1 victory in Game 7 of the World Series brought the World Championship in baseball to Houston for the first time in history.
The Astros’ offense was mighty throughout the game while the Astros’ bullpen put on a stunning display of professional pitching that Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, and Roger Clemens would admire. The victory for the Astros during Game 7 was almost never in doubt.
In the first inning, as a result of Dodgers’ first baseman Cody Bellinger’s throwing error, Astros’ mighty third baseman Alex Bregman turned what would have been a ho-hum single into a double with a run batted in for centerfieldman slugger George Springer. Within a few minutes, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the heart and soul of the Astros organization, grounded out to first but set up Bregman’s score. At the end of the first inning, the Astros dominated the game at 2 to 0, after the Dodgers suffered three quick outs.
The Astros sluggers continued their domination over the Dodgers pitching staff during the second inning. When pitcher Lance McCullers grounded out, brilliant catcher Brian McCann scored and put left fielder Marwin Gonzalez on third base. That, of course, set the perfect situation for Springer to hit a massive 467 foot 2-run home run to put the Astros up 5 to 0 by the end of the second inning.
Despite all of the scoring against him during the first two innings, lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched an amazing performance. It’s not surprising considering that Kershaw holds three Cy Young Awards and the second lowest hits per nine innings pitched in Major League Baseball history.
While the Astros had left many base runners stranded in Game 6, in Game 7 the Dodgers suffered that experience. In the bottom of the 6th inning, pinch hitter Andre Ethier singled to right field to allow Dodgers slugger and left fielder Joc Pederson to score. With a quick end to the inning thereafter, the Dodgers left second baseman Logan Forsythe stranded on second base.
The bottom of the ninth was the most tense several minutes in Houston sports history. Pitcher Charlie Morton finished the game for the amazing Houston Astros. Morton struck out the first pitcher swinging. He was just smoking the Dodgers’ batters. The Astros became the World Champions at 10:59 p.m., Central Standard Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Astros franchise began in 1962 as part of the National League. The team switched to the American League in 2013. They won the National League Pennant once in 2005. Of course, they won the American League Pennant this year.
A.J. Hinch is the Astros’ Manager.
Orbit is the team mascot. He is a lime-green space creature with orange antennae that end in baseballs. He has served as the mascot since 1990.