Rate This Thread - Dodgers 3 Astros 1 (World Series Game 6).


Like this thread? Help the BGR community grow by sharing it with your friends.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-01-2017, 12:50 AM
Westside's Avatar
Westside Westside is online now
Hall of Fame


Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 6,932
Likes: 1,870
Liked 980 Times in 655 Posts
Westside is on a distinguished road
Default Dodgers 3 Astros 1 (World Series Game 6)
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers beat Houston's best and in doing so, L.A. made good on Yasiel Puig's promise that there will be a Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.

After managing only one baserunner in five innings against the Astros' Justin Verlander, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored twice on the Houston Astros' ace in the sixth and held on for a 3-1 win on Tuesday to force a seventh game to decide the World Series.

Rich Hill pitched effectively in a short outing, holding Houston to George Springer's solo home run in the third in 4⅔ innings. It was the same scenario as in Game 2. Hill pitched well. So did Verlander, but he ultimately departed with his team behind. In Game 2, the Dodgers' bullpen couldn't nail it down.

In Game 6, it did.

Brandon Morrow, who gave up four runs and failed to retire a batter during Houston's thrilling 13-12 win in Game 5, inherited a bases-loaded, two-out jam when he came in for Hill. He responded, getting Alex Bregman to ground out to shortstop Corey Seager. Morrow has pitched in all six games of the series.

Lefty Tony Watson came on for Morrow and after hitting a batter, he got Marwin Gonzalez on a soft liner with two on to end the sixth.

Kenta Maeda, who had at least one doppelganger in the stands wearing a replica of his jersey on Halloween night, escaped a two-on jam by getting Jose Altuve to ground out to end the seventh.

That left it to L.A. closer Kenley Jansen to get the last six outs, just as he aimed to do in Game 5 when he gave up a run for a third straight outing, matching a career high. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that he preferred to limit Jansen to a conventional three-out appearance, but he opted to go with his stopper early once again.

The fevered crowd at Chavez Ravine exploded when the opening notes of "California Love" blasted from the ballpark's formidable sound system, signaling Jansen's entrance. It's a ritual the fans have shared with their closer countless times over the years, but never has it meant more than it did Tuesday.

Jansen said moments after he took the loss in Game 5 that he had already moved on and was "looking forward to Tuesday." He pitched like it.

Jansen dispatched the Astros with only seven pitches in the eighth. Then he got the last three outs in order as well, this time on 12 pitches, finishing up with three strikeouts among his six outs.

Verlander mowed down the Dodgers for five innings, giving up only Puig's second-inning single and striking out eight. Out of nowhere, the L.A. offense came to life in the sixth. Austin Barnes greeted Verlander with a solid single. Chase Utley, who entered the game 0-for-14 in the postseason, was hit in the foot by a pitch. Chris Taylor flipped an opposite-field double to score Barnes. And Seager drove Houston right fielder Josh Reddick to the fence to drive in Utley with a sacrifice fly.

Just like that, the Dodgers had the lead and Verlander was done after he was replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning.

Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers a precious insurance run in the seventh, taking Astros reliever Joe Musgrove deep with an opposite-field shot to left. He became the first Dodger with extra-base hits in five straight World Series games.

Besides Springer's homer, Hill mostly matched Verlander pitch for pitch on a cool evening when the ball wasn't jumping out of the park as it did last week when the games were starting with temperatures in triple digits.


After the Dodgers' devastating Game 5 loss, Puig stood before reporters and said, "This is not going to be finished Tuesday. There's going to be Game 7."

Puig singled in his first at-bat Tuesday but otherwise had a quiet night. Nevertheless, he proved to be more soothsayer than braggart after his team returned to the sort of stifling run prevention that got them 104 wins during the regular season and 10 more -- so far -- in the playoffs.

The Dodgers have lost all six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. They haven't won a championship in 29 years. Franchise pitcher Clayton Kershaw has never won a championship.

On Wednesday, the Dodgers have a chance to erase all of that bad history on the first November game ever played at Dodger Stadium. Just as Puig said they'd have a chance to do.

http://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/p...t-force-game-7
Send a private message to Westside Add Westside to Your Contacts Top of page Reply With Quote

Click Here to become a member and join in on the discussions at BGR. Our membership is always 100% FREE.

Reply

  BGR-Kentucky High School Sports - BlueGrassRivals » Professional Sports » MLB

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -9. The time now is 03:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.