It appeared as if the Washington Nationals were going to get mowed down by the Houston Astros in Game 7 on the road at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
Once again, Washington showed reselience. Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer off of Zack Greinke in the seventh-inning. Greinke walked Juan Soto the next at bat and Houston’s Manager A.J. Hinch yanked Zack Greinke after 80 pitches.
On the next at-bat, Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer off of Will Harris to give the Nationals the lead for good and they defeated Houston by a score of 6-2.
Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP for Washington. This is the first time in World Series history that the road team has won all seven games in a series. This is also the first time in franchise history that the Washington Nationals have won the World Series.
In the second-inning, Yuli Gurriel hit a solo homer off of Max Scherzer for the Astros.
Carlos Correa had an RBI single in the fifth-inning for Houston.
The other runs that were scored in this game was on a Juan Soto RBI single in the eighth-inning.
I don’t understand why Houston did not intentionally walk him in the first place.
Adam Eaton also had a two-run single in the ninth-inning for Washington.
Patrick Corbin (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Nationals. He pitched three innings and gave up two hits. Corbin didn’t walk anybody and he struck out three batters.
Will Harris (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Houston Astros. He did not record an out. Harris gave up two hits and one run.
Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two hits and two runs. Greinke walked two batters and struck out three.
Max Scherzer was the starting pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Scherzer also walked four batters and struck out three.
He pitched a couple of days after he had issues with neck. The Washington Nationals did not lose a game this postseason when Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer started in a game.
This has to be one of the greatest World Series title stories of all time. This team was 19-31 back in May and it appeared as if manager Dave Martinez was going to lose his job. He also had some heart issues that caused him to miss time at one point during the regular season.
This team has a couple of key free agents that they will look to keep in the offseason in third baseman Anthony Rendon and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
One of the biggest questions for the Houston Astros will be why didn’t Gerrit Cole come into pitch for an inning or two in this game?
He will also be a free agent and it will be interesting to see if Cole returns or not. Other than that and Justin Verlander being a free agent, everybody else will be back.
Manager A.J. Hinch said before the game that everyone but Justin Verlander would be available to pitch.
The championship parade for the Washington Nationals will be on Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Both of these teams will be early favorites to win the 2020 World Series.