The epic Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Astros and Dodgers will be remembered for a long, long time.
Game 2 was a roller coaster of emotions for the Astros and their fans. What started as a mirror image of Game 1 turned into a historic game full of drama. And tacos were somehow involved.
Also, the Astros finally earned their first win in the World Series, and have tied the series as they head home for three games this weekend. What was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel, slowly developed into a display of offensive firepower.
Justin Verlander took the mound for the Astros last night and he pitched well. But the veteran pitcher fell victim to a pair of long balls from Joc Peterson in the fifth inning and Corey Seager in the sixth inning. This would lead to Verlander exiting the game after six innings pitched and the Astros staring down a 3-1 deficit against the vaunted Dodgers bullpen.
Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ closer, entered in the eighth inning after fellow reliever Brandon Morrow gave up a double to Alex Bregman. Carlos Correa made it a one-run ballgame with an RBI single. After a solid inning of work from Joe Musgrove, the Astros entered the top of the ninth needing one run to tie, two to win. Marwin Gonzalez would answer with a solo home run off Jansen, sending this game to extra innings.
What an at-bat by Gonzalez, right?!
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa went back-to-back with home runs in the tenth inning to help th Astros retake the lead.
Go ahead and rewatch that highlight a hundred times; it’s definitely worth the time.
However, Ken Giles returned in the bottom of the inning to give it right back. After giving up a home run to Yasiel Puig, Giles walked Logan Forsythe with a 1-2 count. He then threw a wild pitch sending the runner to second. Kike Hernandez followed with an RBI single. The game would, unfortunately, continue.
Cameron Maybin drew a walk to start the eleventh inning, and would steal second to get into scoring position. Not only did Maybin create pressure for the Dodgers on the basepaths, his effort also set up the very next big hit. Oh, free tacos.
After a rough postseason, George Springer drove the ball deep over left-center field to give the Astros a 7-5 lead!
This game has nearly everything!
Chris Devenski was send back out to close out this game. But the Dodgers did not go quietly. Charlie Culberson would hit a solo home run to cut the lead to one. After a long battle with Puig, Devenski got him swinging for the last out of the game.
This game had it all. Great pitching, great hitting and great suspense. This win puts the Astros in great position heading home for the series. With the offense showing life tonight, there is plenty hope moving forward. Game 3 takes place Friday at Minute Maid Park with Lance McCullers on the mound. You Darvish gets the start for the Dodgers.
**Statistics courtesy of MLB.com**