I am heartbroken to say that the Los Angeles Dodgers will not be World Series champions in 2017. The Astros, unfortunately, defeated the Dodgers in Game 7 with a final score of 5-1.
Let’s take a look at how it all went down.
All of Houston’s runs were scored off of Yu Darvish, who lasted just 1.2 innings. They got on the board in the first inning thanks to a George Springer double, a Cody Bellinger error, and a Jose Altuve groundout. Then, in the very next inning, starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. would bring in Brian McCann with a groundout and George Springer would hit a two-run home run.
Those five runs would be all that the Astros’ offense would be able to put up, with the Dodgers relievers being superb. Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Alex Wood combined for 7.1 innings of two-hit baseball. Unfortunately, the Astros’ five runs on Wednesday would be more than they needed to win the game.
The biggest story for the Dodgers was how they performed with runners in scoring position. The team went 1-13 with runners in scoring position and left ten runners on base. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig both went hitless, with Bellinger striking out three times. Bellinger also now holds the all-time records for the most strikeouts in a postseason series (17) and for the most strikeouts in an entire postseason (29).
The Dodgers’ only run came in the bottom of the 6th inning when Andre Ethier drove in Joc Pederson with an RBI single. The Dodgers were only able to collect six hits total on Wednesday, and even more frustrating is the fact that the Astros only collected five hits. Also frustrating, the Astros struggled with runners in scoring position, going just 1-10.
It was seven games of intense baseball and, unfortunately, it just didn’t swing the Dodgers’ way. How are you feeling right now? Let us know in the comments below. We can all talk through our feeling together.