Nationals Win World Series Against Astros for First Time in Franchise History

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.

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Nationals Win Game 6; Force Game 7

With the Washington Nationals leading 3-2 in the seventh-inning on the road in Game 6 over the Houston Astros, there was a ton of controversy.

Trea Turner hit a shallow ground ball to third base and there was a supposed throwing error. Turner would have been at second base and Yan Gomes would have been at third base with no body out, but Trea Turner was called out because he was supposedly out of the baseline and it was a terrible call.

They reviewed it for 10 minutes and the play was upheld. Everyone went nuts in Washington’s dugout and everyone was also in an uproar until Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer off of  Will Harris and the Nationals won Game 6 over Houston by a score of 7-2.

Washington Manager Dave Martinez was ejected after the top of the seventh-inning. This was the first time since 1996 that a manager was ejected in the World Series. That manager happened to be Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves.

Rendon also hit a two-run double in the ninth-inning to give them some insurance.

They also scored in the first-inning on an Anthony Rendon RBI single. He beat the defensive shift on that hit.

Jose Altuve hit a sacrifice fly for the Astros in the first-inning. Alex Bregman also hit a solo homer off of Stephen Strasburg in the first-inning.

Adam Eaton hit a solo homer off of Justin Verlander in the fifth-inning for the Washington Nationals and so did Juan Soto.

Stephen Strasburg admitted to tipping pitches in the fist-inning and he settled down after that.

Strasburg (2-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched 8.1 innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Stephen Strasburg walked two batters and struck out seven.

Justin Verlander (0-2) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and three runs. Verlander walked three batters and struck out three.

He has never won a World Series game in his career before.

After the game, Joe Torre spoke about the incident. Trea Turner was called out because Torre claimed it had nothing to do with the baseline. He was called out because Turner knocked off Yuli Gurriel’s glove.

It kind of made sense at the end, but there are a lot of people that are upset still at that call. People better hope that Game 7 is not like that at all.

This will be the third time in four years that there will be a Game 7 in the World Series. In this decade, Game 7’s have happened the past five-out-of-10 years. This will be the second Game 7 that the Houston Astros will appear in in the World Series.

This will be the first Game 7 that the Washington Nationals will appear in in the World Series. I am very interested to see how this game plays out. Anything can happen in these kinds of games. It is usually unpredictable and fun.

The first six games of this series has been won by the road team. That is the first time ever something like that has happened in either the MLB, the NHL, the NBA, or the NFL.

Speaking of the first six games in this series, the first six games have been average at best and people are hoping Game 7 could potentially be epic.

Another thing that occurred in this game was that Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto both carried their bats down to first base after hitting homers.

The projected pitchers for Game 7 on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas will be Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for Washington and Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for Houston.

 

 

Astros One Win Away from World Series Title

The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals series was tied at two entering Game 5.

Max Scherzer was supposed to pitch in Game 5 for Washington, but he couldn’t pitch due to neck spasms.

Manager Dave Martinez hopes he could pitch in a Game 7, if necessary and Joe Ross started in his place. He gave up two homers in the game and Houston won Game 5 by a score of 3-2.

Yordan Alavarez hit a two-run homer in the second-inning for the Astros off of Joe Ross.

Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the fourth-inning for Houston off of Joe Ross.

Juan Soto hit a solo homer for the Nationals off of Gerrit Cole in the seventh-inning.

Yuli Gurriel had an RBI single in the eighth-inning for the Houston Astros.

George Springer hit a two-run homer for Houston in the ninth-inning off of Dakota Hudson.

Gerrit Cole (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched seven innings and gave up three hits. Cole walked two batters and struck out nine.

Joe Ross (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Ross walked two batters and struck out one.

This is the first time since 1996 that the road team in the World Series has won the first five games of the series.

Houston will look to win its second World Series title in franchise history on Tuesday night. Washington will hope to force a Game 7. The series is also heading back to Houston, Texas at Minute Maid Park.

The Game 6 projected starting pitchers will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for the Washington Nationals and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for the Houston Astros.

Astros Even World Series Against Nationals

The Houston Astros had a 4-1 lead on the road in Game 4 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals in the seventh-inning.

Alex Bregman came up with the bases-loaded and he hit a grand slam off of Fernando Rodney and he delivered the blow in Game 4 and Houston won by a score of 8-3 over Washington.

Bregman went 3-for-5 in the game and he finished with five RBI’s in the game.

His other RBI came in the first-inning. Yuli Gurriel also had an RBI single in that inning as well.

Robinson Chirnios hit a two-run homer for the Astros in the fourth-inning off of Patrick Corbin.

Juan Soto had an RBI groundout in the sixth-inning and Gerardo Parra scored from third base.

Jose Urqudiy (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Houston. He pitched five innings and gave up two hits. Urqudiy struck out four batters.

He pitched a lot further than Manager A.J. Hinch probably expected.

Patrick Corbin (0-1) was the losing pitcher for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. Corbin also walked two batters and also struck out five.

The series is now tied at two games a piece. The road team has won the first games of the World Series.

Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., but it will be interesting to see if it is played because of the rain that is expected in the forecast.

The projected pitching match up will be Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

Nationals Bust Game Open in Game 2 Win over Astros

Game 2 between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros was very competitive until the seventh-inning.

With the game tied at two, Kurt Suzuki hit the go-ahead solo home run in the seventh-inning off of Justin Verlander.

Washington scored a combined nine runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth-innings in a 12-3 win over Houston.

Howie Kendrick had an RBI single in the seventh-inning, Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run single in the seventh-inning, and Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run single in the seventh-inning.

Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer for the Nationals in the eighth-inning off of Josh James. Asdrubal Cabrera also had an RBI single in that inning.

Michael Taylor hit a solo homer off of Chris Devenski in the ninth-inning for Washington.

Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer off of Jay Guerra in the ninth-inning for the Astros.

The other runs that were scored in this game was on a two-run double by Anthony Rendon in the first-inning for the Washington Nationals.

Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the first-inning off of Stephen Strasburg for the Houston Astros.

Strasburg (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. Stephen Strasburg also walked one batter and struck out seven.

Justin Verlander (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched six innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Verlander also walked three batters and struck out six.

Washington leads this series 2-0 and this is a major shock to the baseball world. There has only been three teams in MLB history that have came back from an 0-2 deficit after losing the first two games of the World Series at home.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 3 on Friday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. will be Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

 

 

Nationals Take Down Astros in Game 1 of the World Series

The Washington Nationals have not played in a week after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. They would be on the road for Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Washington’s bullpen bended late in the game, but they did not break as they survived in Game 1 over Houston by a score of 5-4. They have  won their last seven games.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run double for the Astros in the first-inning.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run for the Nationals in the second-inning off of Gerrit Cole.

Juan Soto also hit a solo homer for Washington in the fourth-inning off of Gerrit Cole.

The Washington Nationals scored three runs in the fifth-inning on a Adam Eaton RBI single and a Juan Soto two-run double.

George Springer hit a solo homer in the seventh-inning for Houston off of Tanner Rainey. He also hit an RBI double in the eighth-inning. If Springer had ran out the ball, he could have had a triple and Jose Altuve could of had a sacrifice fly on the next at bat.

Sean Doolittle recorded his first save of the World Series for Washington. He pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one batter.

Max Scherzer (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Scherzer walked three batters and struck out seven.

Gerrit Cole (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Houston Astros. He pitched seven innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. Cole walked one batter and struck out six.

This was his worst start since August 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays at home. In that game, he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up six hits and four runs. Gerrit Cole walked one batter and struck out 14.

The projected pitching match up for Game 2 on Wednesday night will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for Washington and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston.

Toronto Raptors Prevail in Overtime against the New Orleans Pelicans

It was opening night in the NBA. The Toronto Raptors would receive their championship rings before the game and the 2019 NBA Championship Banner was also raised.

There would be no more Kawhi Leonard for Toronto because he left for the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency in the offseason.

Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 34 points on 42.3 percent shooting along with 18 rebounds, five assists, and one block in a 130-122 win in overtime over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Fred VanVleet also scored 34 points on 66.7 percent shooting for Toronto. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded two steals.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, but he only shot 26.7 percent from the field. He was 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Lowry tied the game at 117 with two made free throws with 29.2 seconds remaining in regulation. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded two steals.

O.G. Anunoby scored 11 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds for the Raptors. Toronto had 23 bench points and Ibaka scored 10 of them,

New Orleans had a much different look to this team entering the game. They don’t have Anthony Davis anymore.

Brandon Ingram led the way for the Pelicans with 22 points on 42.1 percent shooting. He grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.

J.J. Redick scored 16 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.

Jrue Holday scored 13 pints on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, and blocked two shots.

Lonzo Ball struggled with eight points on 28.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded five assists.

This team scored 65 bench points. Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart each had 15 points off the bench.

The biggest lead in this game for the New Orleans Pelicans was 11 points. The biggest lead in this game for the Toronto Raptors was eight points.

Zion Williamson did not play in this game for New Orleans because of a knee injury and he will be sidelined for the next several weeks.

NBA fans and Pelicans fans are going to have to wait to see him make his NBA debut.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

New Orleans will host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night in their next game.

Toronto will be on the road against the Boston Celtics on Friday night in their next game.

 

The Houston Astros are heading to the World Series for the second time in three Seasons

With the New York Yankees tying the game at four in the top of the ninth-inning on a two-run homer by D.J. LeMahieu off of Roberto Osuna, the Houston Astros needed to find some heroics themselves.

New York’s closer Aroldis Chapman retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth-inning and he walked George Springer with two outs.

Jose Altuve was the next batter up and he saw a curveball and crushed it to left-center and it was a walk-off two-run homer that sends Houston to the World Series for the second time in three seasons, in a 6-4 Game 6 win over the Yankees.

Altuve was the ALCS MVP in this series and it would not be surprising to see him win the World Series MVP if the Astros were able to find a way to beat the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Houston struck first in Game 6 in the first-inning on a three-run homer by Yuli Gurriel off of Chad Greene.

Gary Sanchez had an RBI single for New York in the second-inning.

Gio Urshela hit a solo homer for the New York Yankees in the fourth-inning off of Jose Urquidy.

Alex Bregman had an RBI groundout in the sixth-inning for the Houston Astros and it allowed Jose Altuve to score from first base.

Roberto Ozuna (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston and he also blew a save in this game. Ozuna pitched one inning and gave up two hits and two runs. He also struck out two batters.

Aroldis Chapman (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this gamr for New York. He pitched 0.2 innings and Chapman gave up one hit and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out one.

Chad Green was the starting pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and three runs. Green walked one batter and struck out one.

Brad Peacock was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. Peacock walked one batter and struck out two.

The New York Yankees season ends in disappointment. This team won 104 games during the regular season and their expectations of winning the World Series fell short.

General Manager Brian Cashman needs to find a way to acquire or sign some starting pitching in the offseason.

The Houston Astros are in the World Series for the third time in franchise history. They will look for their second World Series title in franchise history. Houston won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

The Astros beat them in a Game 7 on the road by a score of 5-1.

Game 1 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will be on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The projected starting pitchers for this game is unknown.

Astros Are 1 win away from Heading Back to the World Series

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees was supposed to be played on Wednesday night but because of the rain, it was moved to Thursday night.

With Houston trailing 1-0 in the third-inning, George Springer hit a three-run homer off of Masahiro Tanaka and the Astros never looked back. They won Game 4 over the New Yoek by a score of 8-3.

Houston delivered the official blow to the Yankees in the sixth-inning when Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer off of Chad Green.

Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York was dead silent.

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer for New York in the sixth-inning off of Josh James.

Yordan Alavarez reached base on a fielding-error by Gleyber Torres and it allowed Alex Bregman to score from third base in the eighth-inning.

Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the ninth-inning for the Houston Astros.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 0.2 innings and Pressly walked one batter and he struck out two.

Mashario Tanaka (1-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Tanaka walked two batters and struck out one batter.

Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 4.1 innings and Greinke gave up three hits and one run. He walked one batter and struck out five batters.

Houston is one win away from the World Series. If they win Game 5 on Friday night, this would be the second time in three seasons that the Houston Astros would be heading to the World Series.

They won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston won the series in seven games on the road.

One of the biggest problems in this series for the New York Yankees has been trying to score with runners on base. Dating back to Game 2, they are 0-for-14.

They also committed three errors in Game 4.

The projected pitchers in this game will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston and James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) for New York.

 

 

Nationals Advance to World Series for First Time in Franchise History

The Washington Nationals were on the verge of reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history heading into Game 4 at home of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Washington scored seven runs in the first-inning and that is all they would need to score in a 7-4 victory in Game 4 over St. Louis.

This is the first time in franchise history that the Nationals are heading to the World Series.

The only other franchise to have yet to reach a World Series in franchise history is the Seattle Mariners. They have not reached the playoffs since 2001.

Washington scored those runs in the first-inning on a Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly, a Juan Soto RBI double, a Victor Robles RBI single, a Yan Gomes two-run single, and a Trea Turner two-run single.

Yadier Molina hit a solo homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth-inning off of Patrick Corbin.

St. Louis was able to score three runs in the fifth-inning on a Tommy Edman RBI groundout which allowed Harrison Bader to score and a two-run double by Jose Martinez.

The Cardinals did have some chances in later in the game. Matt Carpenter pinched hit in the eighth-inning with two outs and he grounded out.

Patrick Corbin (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Washington Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Corbin walked three batters and struck out 12.

Dakota Hudson (0-1) was the losing pitcher for St. Louis. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up five hits and seven runs. Hudson walked a batter and he did not strike out anybody.

Daniel Hudson recorded his second save of the series for Washington. He pitched 1.1 innings and Hudson walked a batter.

The Nationals will either play the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series which begins next Tuesday, October 22. Washington will be on the road to start the series and they will have to wait for their opponent. It will either be at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or at Minute Maid Park, in Houston Texas.