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Washington stuns Houston to win WS

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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 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.

Yanks to find out ALCS opponent tonight. NLCS set as both home teams lose Game 5 in stunning fashions.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks will find out their ALCS opponent tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Houston Astros in Houston at 7 PM. If Tampa Bay wins, the Yanks have home field throughout the playoffs as long as they stay in (see below). If Houston wins, Houston does.

The NLCS is set as it’ll be St. Louis and Washington. Both away teams stunned the home opponents in the deciding Game 5 of their respective series.

St. Louis scored TEN runs in the top of the first inning and beat Atlanta 13-1. Ten in the top of the first. Talk about sucking the air out of a stadium right away. How would you like to have a ticket to that game, just settle in your seat, and THAT happens?

The defending two-time NL Champion Dodgers got knocked off, 7-3, in 10 innings by the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers blew a 3-1 eighth-inning lead. Since the Dodgers had a better record than the Yankees, the Yankees will now have WS home-field advantage IF Houston gets knocked out by Tampa Bay or the Yankees.

Clayton Kershaw’s postseason struggles continued. Pitching in relief, he gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto that tied up the game in the eighth. Kershaw has a 2.44 career regular season ERA, but it’s two runs higher in the postseason.

Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth to win it. Even going back to their days as the Montreal Expos, it’s the first time the franchise has won a postseason series since the Montreal Expos beat the Phillies in the 1981 Eastern Division strike-enforced playoff.

Stunning endings, both of them, and the way Washington beat Milwaukee in the WC game and now here against the Dodgers, you wonder…

 

 

Washington stuns Milwaukee with 3 in 8th, win NL WC game, 4-3.

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The late Bill Buckner may have company. Washington scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun Milwaukee and win the NL WC game, 4-3. They’ll face the Dodgers in the NLCS.

The Brewers got 2 runs in the first on a 2-run HR by Yasmani Grandal, and another in the second on a solo HR by Eric Thames.

The Nationals cut it to 3-1 in the third on a solo HR by Trea Turner.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Michael Taylor was ruled HBP. It was questionable whether the pitch hit his hand or the bottom of the bat first. It was ruled the hand. An out later, Ryan Zimmerman blooped a broken bat single into center, and then Anthony Rendon walked to load up the bases for the Nationals.

Juan Soto singled. In his haste to get to the ball and make a play at the plate, hopefully to cut down the tying run, Brewers’ RF Trent Grisham overran the ball, which not only allowed the tying run to score, but cleared the bases, putting the Nationals up 4-3–a lead they held on to in the top of the ninth.

A devastating and stunning loss for the Brew Crew.  Washington’s Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings of relief and wound up with the win.

Minor League Report. Rain, Rain, Go Away for AAA and AA.

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AAA: SWB’s game was suspended with SWB batting in the bottom of the first after Syracuse scored a run in the top of the first. Resumption today.

AA: Trenton’s game was ppd. Makeup today, 4/27.

High A: Tampa (9-13) lost 5-3. An error by SS Oswaldo Cabrera led to three unearned runs for Clearwater. Tampa got just five hits.

Low A: Charleston (10-12) won 8-3. SS Wilkerman Garcia 3 hits. 2 hits each for CF Brandon Lockridge, C Josh Breaux, DH Eric Wagaman, 3B Kyle Gray and LF Canaan Smith. 2 RBI for Breaux and for RF Junior Soto.

Starting P Luis Gil 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 8 K. (W, 1-1, 1.04)