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

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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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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights

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In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark

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Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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