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World Series Game 2 Recap: Astros Outslug Dodgers In 11, Even Up Series



The 2017 Fall Classic is tied at a game heading back to Houston.

Last night’s Game 2 was one of the wildest postseason games you’ll ever see, and maybe the most entertaining ever in the World Series. The Houston Astros walked away with a 7-6 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 11 innings, hitting four home runs in the final three frames to cap off a crazy night in LA.

History was made in the process:

Also combining for eight home runs, Houston and LA established a new World Series record. Five of the game’s eight dingers came in extras- another record.

Let’s recap this classic thriller:

The pitching matchup last night was Justin Verlander vs Rich Hill. Hill pitched four solid innings for the Dodgers, throwing 60 pitches and striking out seven allowing a lone run on an Alex Bregman single in the third:

The Dodgers caught a break on this play, as the ball went directly to Joc Pederson after hitting off Chris Taylor’s hat on the diving bid. Easily could have been a triple or inside-the-park-home run, more runs score, and it’s a big inning for Houston. Luckily for LA, that wasn’t the case.

Verlander meanwhile was cruising for the Astros, carrying a no-hitter through the first 4 2/3 innings having faced the minimum before Pederson came up with the bases empty:

The game remained tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth and Verlander still on the bump for Houston. Like Game 1, Taylor drew a two-out walk for the Dodgers in this particular frame. And for the second straight night, it proved to be costly for the Astros:

Corey Seager’s opposite field two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead and was one of two hits- both homers- they got off Verlander in his six innings of work.

Verlander struck out five and threw 79 pitches (49 strikes) in his outing.

The Dodgers maintained a 3-1 lead heading to the top of the eighth. Brandon Morrow began the inning for LA for his second inning of work. Leading off, Alex Bregman connected for a ground-rule double to right field off Yasiel Puig’s glove on the diving bid. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts wasted no time going to his closer Kenley Jansen for the six-out save following the hit.

Jansen allowed the inherited runner to score on a base-hit by Carlos Correa up the middle, but that was it. LA failed to score in the bottom half of the inning, and Jansen returned for the ninth facing Marwin Gonzalez leading off:

This was the first earned run of the postseason allowed by Jansen.

The game went to extras, and leading off the 10th, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa greeted Josh Fields rudely for the Dodgers. The two hit back-to-back dingers over the left-center field fence to give Houston a 5-3 lead. Yuli Gurriel then ripped a double, and that was it for Fields after six pitches.

More history was made:

Tony Cingrani came on for LA and stranded Gurriel, keeping it a 5-3 game.

Houston brought on closer Ken Giles to shut the door, after he worked the previous inning. Leading off for the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig hit a no-doubter home run to left. This made it 5-4 Astros. With two outs and two on, Game 5 NLCS hero slapped a base hit to right field tying the game. This was it for Giles.

Chris Devenski ended the inning for Astros, and the game went to the 11th. Brandon McCarthy came on for LA and allowed a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin before George Springer stepped up:

This proved to be the difference for the Astros. Devenski came on for the bottom of the 11th, and with two outs, allowed a home run to Charlie Culberson. This made it 7-6. Puig stepped up next for the Dodgers, and on a 3-2 changeup, struck out swinging to end the thriller.

Definitely one for the books last night. It lasted 4:19, LA used nine pitchers, Houston used five, Devenski picked up the win, McCarthy the loss.

Game 3 of the World Series shifts to Houston tomorrow night at 8 PM ET. Yu Darvish takes the ball for the Dodgers opposed by Lance McCullers Jr., who pitched the final four innings in the Astros’ clinching Game 5 of the ALCS.

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