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Astros Walk Off In Extras: A Late Recap Of Sunday Night’s Thrilling Game 5




The Houston Astros are up 3-2 in this year’s World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Game 6 tonight in LA.

If you didn’t watch Sunday night’s thrilling Game 5, you missed maybe the wildest game in the history of the Fall Classic. Seven total dingers and three comebacks by the Astros. And maybe most shocking of all, the ineffectiveness of both starting pitchers- Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Astros’ Dallas Keuchel. After a solid Game 1 duel, more of that was expected in Game 5- but it was a slug-fest instead.

Houston walked off in 10 innings, 13-12.

We apologize that this recap is posted a day later than usual (power/electricity issues in New England), but we wouldn’t be doing this website justice if we didn’t go over the insanity that occurred Sunday night in Houston. Let’s begin:

With three quick runs off Keuchel in the first inning before Kershaw had to throw a pitch, the Dodgers were off to an ideal start in the tie-breaking game, 3-0.

The Dodgers’ ace was all as advertised through the first three frames:

With another run in the top of the fourth inning to chase Keuchel from the game, the Dodgers were up 4-0. And when Kershaw’s on the mound? That’s usually good news for them:

Kershaw allowed two of the first three runners to reach in the bottom of the fourth, before a Carlos Correa double put Houston on the board. 4-1 Dodgers at that point. Up next stepped Yuli Gurriel:

Just like that.

Gurriel’s blast was the eighth home run Kershaw has allowed this postseason, which marks a new Major League record.

That was all for the Astros in the fourth inning. Luckily for Kershaw, his team was ready to pick him up following that rough frame. Cody Bellinger especially:

With 67 pitches through four innings and staked to a new lead, Kershaw went out to begin the fifth. It started off well, as he got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out and Brian McCann on a strikeout looking. He then walked George Springer and Alex Bregman, and that was it for Kershaw after 94 pitches.

Kenta Maeda relieved Kershaw with two outs to face Jose Altuve as the tying run, and it didn’t go as planned:

We’re just getting started!

Following no scoring in the sixth inning, the game remained 7-7 heading into the top of the seventh. Brad Peacock was on for his second inning in relief for the Astros. With one on and one out, he allowed a go-ahead triple to Bellinger that rolled all the way to the wall as it got by Springer on the diving bid. 8-7 LA.

Springer redeemed himself in the bottom half of the inning to lead off against Dodgers’ reliever Brandon Morrow, working in his fifth straight World Series game:

Morrow threw five more pitches. Spanning those pitches was a single to Bregman, RBI double to Altuve, and two-run big fly for Correa:

That was it after six pitches for the overworked Morrow. 11-8 Astros.

LA got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 11-9, but reliever Chris Devenski came on with the tying runs in scoring position and two outs to retire pinch-hitter Andre Ethier.

Houston got that run back the bottom half, as Brian McCann picked up his first dinger of the playoffs for a solo shot off Tony Cingrani, who retired the last three outs for LA in the seventh.

Looking for the save, Devenski allowed a two-run shot to Yasiel Puig over the wall in left. This made it 12-11 Astros. It was also the 101st home run in the MLB postseason this year, and 22nd of this World Series- both records.

After an Austin Barnes double and Joc Pederson groundout, Devenski was still in line for the save with one out to go. But he had to face the NLCS co-MVP:

The Astros failed to score in the bottom half, and Joe Musgrove came on in relief to begin the 10th. Working around a one-out single, he was able to do his job.

Kenley Jansen came on for his second inning after a 12-pitch ninth. Like Kershaw did in the fourth inning, he retired the first two in order; but trouble followed. After hitting McCann (Derek Fisher pinch-ran) and walking Springer, it was all on the line for Bregman:

After 5 hours and 17 minutes of pure entertainment, the Astros and their fans went home happy.

It was the second longest game in World Series history.

With their dramatic victory, Houston became just the fifth team to overcome three deficits (4-0, 7-4, 8-7) in a World Series game to win:

What. A. Game. Game 6 can’t possibly top that; can it?

We’ll find out tonight! Game 6 shifts back to LA for a 8 PM ET start time on FOX, and we’ve got you covered as well on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily! Stay tuned for an official Game 6 preview, coming before the first pitch!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio



Cavan Biggio

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Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A



Drew Storen

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Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians



Neil Ramirez

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Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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