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.