Astros Steal the Championship

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Astros Steal the Championship

The Houston Astros close off their drought and win their first franchise championship in the 2017  World Series.

The Houston Astros close off their drought and win their first franchise championship in the 2017 World Series.

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The Houston Astros close off their drought and win their first franchise championship in the 2017 World Series.

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The Houston Astros close off their drought and win their first franchise championship in the 2017 World Series.

Devon McCoy, Staff Writer

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The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a game seven in the World Series against the Houston Astros, but ultimately fell short losing 5-1. Although the Dodgers were desperate for a championship after a 29-year drought, Houston fans definitely needed this victory in the midst of the grueling recovery process post-Hurricane Harvey.

 

Game seven went south when Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish allowed a leadoff double to George Springer of the Astros. The Astros wasted no time scoring. Third baseman Alex Bregman grounded out on a pitch from Darvish, driving in Springer, giving the Astros a one run lead. They tacked on another in the inning, jumping ahead by two runs.

 

The Astros stretched their lead with a surprising run batted in groundout from their pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., and a two-run home run from Springer. With this home run, Springer became the first player ever to homer in four consecutive World Series games. Darvish was left in for one more batter until Springer homered, which ended Darvish’s night. The home run was Springer’s fifth of the series, opening up a commanding five run lead for the Astros.

 

The Dodgers did push across a run during the sixth inning. Charlie Morton, Astro’s fifth starter in their rotation, got into trouble after giving up a single to Joc Pederson and walking Logan Forsythe. After getting catcher Austin Barnes to pop out to shortstop Carlos Correa, Andre Ethier’s single to right field got the Dodgers on the board.

 

That single, off the bat of Ethier, would be all the Dodgers could muster off the ‘Stros. The Astros kept the Dodgers’ offense, which was one of the best in baseball throughout the regular season, at bay as Morton shut the door, recording the final 12 outs to clinch the first ever World Series title for the franchise.

 

Victory for the Astros sent back positivity and optimism to Houston. The players’ resilience and efforts lifted the spirit of the city of Houston, a community still in the process of recovering  from Hurricane Harvey.

 

Regardless of which team won, it is impossible to look back at this seven game series as a disappointment, and even the diehard Dodger fans can tip their blue hats to the Astros. For the Dodgers, their World Series drought hits 30 years. The loss stings, but with the emergence of rookie Cody Bellinger and the core of their lineup set to return (Justin Turner & Corey Seager) and the resurrection of Yasiel Puig, they are, without a doubt, one of the favorites to lift the Commissioner’s trophy next season.

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