Astros win 2017 World Series
Three years ago, Sports Illustrated published a magazine cover saying that the then last place Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Just like Babe Ruth way back in the day, they called their shot and then smashed it out of the ballpark, because on November 1, the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to become the 2017 World Series Champs.
The series was an absolute fireworks show of offense with 25 total home runs, a World Series record, and it was back and forth all series, producing a few instant classic games.
The series started under the 103 degrees Los Angeles heat in Game 1 with both clubs starting their aces; Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel for the Astros. A leadoff home run by Chris Taylor and a sixth inning go-ahead two-run home run by Justin Turner powered the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory in the quickest World Series game played since 1992 at two hours and 28 minutes long.
The next day, the clubs engaged in a classic game that featured eight total home runs between the two teams, a new record for most home runs in a single world series game. The game would go to extras with eventual series MVP George Springer hitting the go-ahead, two- run home run in the top of the 11th. The Astros would hang on to win, holding off an attempt at late game heroics by Dodger Charlie Culberson to win 7-6 to tie the series at 1-1.
As the series shifted to Houston, the Astros bats would stay alive. They jumped on Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in the second inning, scoring four runs, and then holding on to the lead to come away with a 5-3 win give the Astros the 2-1 series lead.
Game 4 was a tightly contested 1-1 match before the ninth inning. But in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers found their stride with Cody Bellinger hitting a go-ahead RBI double off of the Astros’ Ken Giles. His teammates followed his lead to add four more runs off a sacrifice fly by Austin Barnes and a three-run home run by Joc Pederson. The Astros were held to only two hits in this contest as the Dodgers evened the series up with a 6-2 win.
In a pitching rematch of game one, with both teams pitching their ace, a fan could expect Game 5 to be a relatively low scoring affair. However, that assumption could not be further from what actually happened. In an absolutely classic back and forth show of offense, this was the premier game of this series and it was probably one of the most entertaining baseball games in recent history.
The Dodgers jumped to an early 4-0 lead but in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to an RBI double by Carlos Correa and a three-run home run by Yuli Gurriel, the score was all tied up.
The Dodgers retook the lead in the next inning off a Cody Bellinger three-run home run only for the Astros’ Jose Altuve to counter with his own three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
An RBI triple by Cody Bellinger gave the Dodgers the lead in the top of the seventh, but the Astros responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to give them their first lead of the game. Each team added a run in the eighth to make the score 12-9 heading into the ninth.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run home run in the ninth to bring the Dodgers within one run. Down to their last strike, Chris Taylor hit a single up the middle which drove in Austin Barnes to tie the game.
The game would go to the tenth inning where the Astros’ Alex Bregman singled in the winning run to give the Astros the walk-off 13-12 win. This gave them a 3-2 series lead and put them one win away from winning their first World Series title in franchise history.
Game 6 would go back to southern California, with the hometown Dodgers against a wall and in a must-win situation. They came up huge in this situation, fighting to a 3-1 victory behind a two inning save from Kenley Jansen and a home run by Joc Pederson in the seventh inning.
With the Dodgers’ Game 6 win, this series would be sent to the two greatest words in sports: Game 7. It was the first World Series Game 7 to ever be played at Dodger Stadium and the Astros would make the most of the early part of it, scoring five runs in the first two innings behind good base-running and bad fielding by the Dodgers, as well as a two-run home run by George Springer. The Astros pitching staff would take it from there, allowing only one run and forcing the Dodgers to go 0-9 with runners in scoring position through the first five innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Corey Seager grounded out to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, securing the first World Series championship in Astros history.
David Pepin, a junior, studies English. He is a Copy Editor for Le Provocateur.