Category Archives: Postseason

Washington stuns Houston to win WS

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In a World Series in which EVERY GAME WAS WON BY THE ROAD TEAM, Washington, the biggest WS underdog since 2007, stunned Houston by winning Game 7 6-2.

It is only the second time Washington, D.C. has the World Series Champ, and it’s the first time since 1924. That team then became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

This team started its existence as the Montreal Expos in 1969, and this is the first title in franchise history. This, the year after Bryce Harper, the face of the franchise the past few years, left to go to the Phillies in free agency.

Stephen Strasburg was named WS MVP.

Washington stunningly won the WS after starting the season 19-31. They didn’t even win their division. Down in the wild card game, they caught a break in the eighth inning against Milwaukee when Milwaukee’s RF overran the ball in trying to gun down a runner at the plate (the tying run) and as a result, the winning run came around to score.

Then in the NLDS, they took down the 106=win Dodgers. Down in the eighth inning of Game 5, they hit two HR off of Clayton Kershaw to tie the game and got a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in extra innings to win the game and series. They then swept the Cardinals in the NLCS.

In the World Series, they dispatched the 107-win Astros in unconventional fashion, winning all four games in Houston while losing all three games at home. Who’d have thought?

The Astros got off to a 2-0 lead. Yuri Gurriel hit a solo HR in the second off Max Scherzer, and Carlos Correa an RBI single in the fifth. Scherzer, who couldn’t start Game 5 because of a sore neck and who received a shot for the pain, started Game 7 and was not sharp, but kept his team in the game, giving up just two runs in five innings despite being in and out of trouble the whole time.

In the seventh, Washington took the lead with three runs. Anthony Rendon homered to cut the lead to 2-1. Juan Soto walked. Houston manager A.J. Hinch then pulled starter Zack Grienke, a move I wondered about at the time. Grienke had only given up the one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Reliever Will Harris replaced Greinke and gave up a two-run HR to Kendrick that hit the foul pole. 3-2 Nats, and they never looked back. Harris took the loss.

Patrick Corbin (who I wanted the Yanks to get last offseason when Corbin was a free agent) wound up with the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Per MLB.com, Kendrick is the first player with multiple go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later in winner-take-all games in a single postseason. He also is just the second player to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later while their team was trailing in a World Series winner-take-all game. The other was Hal Smith in 1960—the Bill Mazeroski game.

A walk to Adam Eaton, SB and RBI single by Juan Soto made it 4-2 Washington in the eighth.

The Nats tacked two more on in the ninth on a bases-loaded, 2 RBI single by Eaton. Washington got eight of their nine hits in the last three innings as Houston’s bullpen imploded.

 

 

 

WS Game 6. Take it to the limit. Washington forces a Game 7 with a 7-2 win.

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Never, in the history of the four major sports, has a road team won the first six games of a series (of course, football doesn’t have a best of 7).

Until now. Washington beat Houston 7-2 Tuesday night to force a seventh and deciding game tonight (Wednesday). The road team has won every game in the WS so far.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, inc. a 2-run HR, and drove in 5 runs. The HR came after a controversial call that went against the Nats and got manager Dave Martinez ejected—the first manager ejected from a WS game since Bobby Cox of Atlanta in Game 6 of the 1996 WS.

For Justin Verlander, another WS loss. The future HOF pitcher is now 0-6 in the World Series. ROY, CYA, MVP, 3 no-hitters, but no WS victory.

Stephen Strasburg went 8 1/3 IP for the win.

Besides Rendon, Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered for Washington. Alex Bregman hit one for Houston.

Max Scherzer, who missed his Game 5 start because of a neck injury, apparently feels better after getting a cortisone shot and is expected to start Game 7 for Washington. He’ll be opposed by Houston’s Zack Greinke.

 

 

WS Game 5. Scherzer scratched, Houston goes up 3-2 with 7-1 win.

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Washington ace Max Scherzer was scratched because of neck pain, and Houston took advantage of it for a 7-1 win in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.

The win means that the road  team has won each game of the WS so far and that Houston heads back to Texas with a 3 games to 2 lead in the series after having been down 0-2.

Scherzer got shots for the neck pain, and the Nats are hopeful that he can go in Game 7 if there is a Game 7. Sot

Gerrit Cole pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 run (Juan Soto HR), 3 hits, 9 K for the win.

Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer each had 2-run HRs.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Houston.

WS Game 4. Houston evens up Series, 8-1. Chapman AL reliever of the Year.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Houston has flipped the script. They came into Washington down 0-2 in the World Series, but have evened the Series up at two games apiece, and have Gerrit Cole  and Justin Verlander set up for Games 5 and 6.

Washington comes back with Scherzer and Strasburg.

Five Astros had two or more hits, including Alex Bregman, who had three, including a grand slam, for 5 RBI. Robinson Chirinos homered for the second straight game. Michael Brantley had 3 hits, and of course, Jose Altuve had two.

Anthony Rendon had two of Washington’s four hits.


Aroldis Chapman was named the AL’s Reliever of the Year—the Mariano RIvera Award—for 2019.

Milwaukee’s Josh Hader won the NL version of the award—the Trevor Hoffman Award.


The Surprise Saguaros lost the Arizona Fall League title to Salt River, 5-1, Saturday night. Surpirse was the team Yankees’ prospects played for in the one-month long Arizona Fall League.


Mickey Callaway, just fired as Mets’ manager, goes to the Angels to serve as Joe Maddon’s pitching coach.


Former MLB umpire Chuck Meriwether died of cancer, age 63.

WS Game 3. Houston gets win they needed, 4-1.

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Houston couldn’t afford to go down 0-3 in the WS and did not, beating Washington 4-1 in the first WS game in our nation’s capital since 1933.

Washington still leads the WS two games to one.

It’s the first time the road team has won the first three games of the World Series since 1996 (Braves/Yankees).

Twice, Jose Altuve doubled and scored for Houston. He was one of four Astros with 2 hits. The Astros, recognizing the need to win this game, used six pitchers.


San Diego filled their managerial void by choosing Jayce Tingler as their new manager.

ESPN may lose yet another broadcaster to the managerial reins. Aaron Boone to the Yanks in 2018, David Ross to the Cubs next year, and now Eduardo Perez is said to be the frontrunner for the Mets job.

Former Yankees coach Joe Espada, Houston’s bench coach, could be in line for the Giants’ job.

WS Game 2. Washington going home with 2-0 Series lead. Cubs choose Ross as mgr.

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The Washington Nationals, the biggest WS underdog since the 2007 Colorado Rockies (who got swept by Boston) are heading home after whipping Houston 12-3 in Game 2 last night.

In winning both games at Houston, Washington beat Gerrit Cole AND Justin Verlander. Verlander has now started six WS games in his career, and is 0-5.

Stephen Strasburg gave up a 2-run HR to Alex Bregman in the first inning, but nothing after that as he pitched six innings for the win.

Five different Nationals had two hits, as they banged out 14, including 3 HR.


The Cubs apparently have chosen ESPN broadcaster David Ross as their new manager, replacing Joe Maddon who has moved on to the Angels. Remember the surprise when the Yankees chose Aaron Boone two years ago? And Eduardo Perez (Tony’s son), an ESPN broadcaster, is still in the mix for some open managerial jobs, too.


The Arizona Fall League ends tomorrow, Friday. The Surprise Saguaros, which has some Yankees’ prospects, are 16-11, have clinched their division and will be playing in the Championship game on Saturday.  Stats for those prospects.

1B Brandon Wagner .212-2-21  19 games
C Donny Sands .188-1-7  14 games
CF Josh Stowers .121-1-3   19 games.
P Aaron McGarity 1-0, 0.87 9 games, 10 1/3 IP  14 K
P Glenn Otto  2-1, 1.35  5 starts, 20 IP,  20 K
P Daniel Bies 0-1, 4.50 10 IP, 14 K

 

 

WS game 1. Washington edges Houston, 5-4.

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First in war, first in peace and first to win a Game in the 2019 World Series.

Washington edged Houston 5-4 in Game 1 of the WS. It was the first WS game in franchise history for the former Montreal Expos, and the first win for a Washington team since the 1933 Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) won Game 3 of the 1933 WS.

After winning 20 straight decisions since the end of May, Gerrit Cole finally lost. Of course, Yankees fans wish that this loss would have happened in Game 7 of the ALCS. But Houston won the ALCS in six. What might have been.

Max Scherzer struggled (112 pitches in 5 IP) but got the win.

20 year old Juan Soto (he turns 21 on Friday) had 3 hits and 3 RBI, inc. a HR.

George Springer of Houston homered in his fifth straight WS game, setting a record.


CC Sabathia on Sunday posted a short letter, his goodbye to baseball.