What a game. The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped Game 2 of the World Series to the Houston Astros, with a final score of 7-6.
The first run of the game came from an Alex Bregman RBI single in the top of the third inning. Other than that hiccup, Rich Hill was fairly solid. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander only allowed two hits in his six inning of work, but those costly offerings lead to a pair of home runs during his stressful outing Wednesday evening.
Many fans wondered why Joc Pederson had been inserted into the Dodgers’ lineup during the postseason after a sub-par regular season, but took full advantage of the opportunity. Pederson was a big part of the teams’ success during the 2016 season, especially when hit a huge home run against the Washington Nationals during Game 5 of the 2016 NLDS. Well, he recaptured that moment by hitting a critical home run when the Dodgers were down by one run, igniting the offense in a pivotal point of Game 2.
Corey Seager was placed back into his original spot of the batting order after going 2-3 in Game 1. The decision to move him up was rewarded in the bottom of the sixth inning when Seager hit a bomb against Verlander over the left field wall, putting the Dodgers in from 3-2.
The excitement on Corey Seager’s face says it all.
Rich Hill battled against a potent Houston offense, but was pulled after pitching four innings during his start. He did well by tallying seven strikeouts against the Astros, and keeping the opposing attack in check during that span. Kenta Maeda replaced and would end up going 1.1 innings of one-hit baseball.
With how well the Dodgers’ bullpen has been, it was looking like this game was in the bag. Tony Watson and Ross Stripling would make an appearance on Wednesday before Brandon Morrow took over in the top of the 7th and shut down the Astros’ offense. Then in the top of the eighth inning, Morrow gave up a leadoff ground rule double to Alex Bregman. Kenley Jansen would be called upon for the 6-out save and gave up an RBI single to Correa, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to just one run. In the ninth inning, Marwin Gonzalez hit a home run over the left-center field wall, tying the game at 3-3.
The Astros weren’t done after that.
Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa, both hit solo home runs in the top of the 10th off of Josh Fields to extend the lead to 5-3. However, Tony Cingrani came into the ball game and held that score till the Dodgers were able to respond in the bottom of the 10th.
Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run as a lead-off hitter in the top of the 10th. NLCS Game 5 hero Kike Hernandez entered the ballgame as a pinch hitter, and hit an RBI single to left-field with two outs, taking second base on the throw home. Astros closer Ken Giles escaped the inning when Chris Taylor flied out to centerfield, after a miscued pick-off attempt to second base.
Believe it or not, the game was not over yet. Brandon McCarthy took over on the mound for the top of the eleventh inning and gave up a two-run home run to George Springer. Then, in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson answered with a solo home run, putting the Dodgers within one run. Unfortunately, Yasiel Puig would strike out to end the madness.
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