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The Classic World Series

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The 2017 World Series could be defined as one of the greatest to ever occur. A great matchup between the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League Champion Houston Astros produced seven dramatic and thrilling games to determine the world champion. Each team’s journey to the Fall Classic was a bit different. The Astros began their quest by beating the Red Sox in the division series then followed up with a shocking League Championship Series win against the New York Yankees in a wild seven-game affair. Meanwhile, for the Los Angeles Dodgers, their journey to the World Series was a bit more relaxed, as they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the best-of-five division series. They then advanced to the NLCS, where they defeated the defending World Champion  Chicago Cubs in five games in a rematch of the previous year’s league championship series. Game 1 between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers started off with a bang. In the bottom of the first inning, a homerun was hit by Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor. It was his third home run of the postseason. That home run helped the Dodgers win Game 1 by a score of 3-1.

In Game 2, Houston got on the board first with a base hit by Alex Bregman, putting the Astros up 1-0 in the third inning. But the Dodgers started a rally. A solo homerun by Joc Pederson tied the game up in the bottom of the 5th inning, making  Game 2 a 1-1 game. One inning later with a man on first base, Dodgers infielder Corey Seager hit a home run, scoring Chris Taylor making the score 3-1 Los Angeles winding down the 6th inning. Deep in the 8th inning, a Base hit by Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa cut the Dodgers lead to 3-2. In the top of the 9th the Astros tied the game up with a solo home run by Marwin Gonzalez.  In the 10th inning A solo home run by Astros infielder Jose Altuve gave the Astros a 4-3 lead in the middle of the 10th. Soon in that inning Astros went up 5-3. Putting the pressure on the Dodgers, bottom of the 10th Dodgers show some hope with a home run by Yasiel Puig bringing the game closer with a 5-4 leader. A Wild Pitch by the Astros pitcher gets the game tying run on second base. Moments later, Enrique Hernandez hits a line drive to right field. Bringing in the game tying run. Tying the Game at 5-5 in the Bottom of the 10th. In the top of the 11th a man on second base George Springer hits a homerun giving Astros the lead 7-5. Dodgers would soon get a home run giving them a deficit 7-6. But it wasn’t enough as Astros pitching staff closed the game, tying the Series 1-1.

Game 3 was played in Houston and the Astros would put on a clinic in the first 3 innings. Putting on a show shutting out the Dodgers from innings 1-4. Scoring 4 runs before the bottom of the 3rd inning. Dodgers would rally back after that getting three runs in before the bottom of the 7th inning. However, time wasn’t on their side as the innings were winding down. By the bottom of the 8th the score was 3-5 Astros still holding onto the lead. But, Astros pitcher Brad Peacock brought the heat in the bottom of the 9th. A pop out to center field sealed Game 3 for the Astros giving the win and giving them a series lead 2-1.

Come Game 4, the Los Angeles Dodgers had revenge on their mind. The Game was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning. Great Defense was played by both teams throughout the entire game. But, Astros broke the silence first with a solo home run by George Springer. Big hit in the 7th inning by, Bellinger putting the game tying run on 2nd base. Next up, Logan Forsythe would come up big for the Los Angeles Dodgers with a line drive to center field bringing home the tying run in. Then the tide just kept on rolling for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they busted this close tied game and put it out of reach with a onslaught of six runs winning Game 4 by the score of 6-2, tying the series at two a piece.

This was practically the biggest game of the series, as the winner of Game 5 would have a 3-2 series lead, giving that potential remaining team one more win. To take all the marbles, Game 5 was all about offense as more than three home runs occurred in this game. By the top of the 9th inning, the Dodgers tied the game with a base hit by infielder Chris Taylor, bringing the tying run home. Another game going into extra innings, after a popout to end the 9th inning soon into the bottom of the 10th. Catcher Brian Mccann was up to bat. A 2-2 count, Bryan was hit by a pitch, putting the game winning run on first base. Soon after that, a Base hit by an Astros player brought the Game winning run to second base. Finally, Batter Alex Bregman hit the pitch out into center field, bringing the game winning run home. It was a walk off win for the Houston Astros giving them the lead 3-2 in the series.

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