Houston Astros Reach the Promised Land

Carlos Correa - Houston AstrosAfter a poor performance in his last outing Yu Darvish controversially gets the start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 7. He faces a familiar face in Lance McCullers Jr, who has performed well for the Houston Astros in this series. George Springer went to work immediately off of Darvish with a stand up double. Alex Bregman reached on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger, which also scored Springer and the first run of game 7. Bregman advanced to second and would then steal third base. Bregman scored off of a Jose Altuve RBI ground out, to make it 2-0 Astros. In his first at bat, Yulieski Gurriel tips his hat to Darvish after making an obscene racial gesture towards the Dodger pitcher after hitting a home run off of him earlier in the series.

Although a double by Chris Taylor and McCullers hitting Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig to load the bases the Dodgers come up empty and strand all three base runners. This will become a repeating and fatal habit. Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann both reach to give the Astros base runners at second and third in the top of the second. McCullers helps himself with a RBI ground out that scores McCann, making it 3-0 Astros. Springer follows and adds to his personal hit parade with a two run shot to make it 5-0 Astros. Brandon Morrow comes in to relieve Darvish after another terrible performance.

Clayton Kershaw comes in to pitch for the Dodgers in the third inning. He is able to retire the Astro hitters in order. Brad Peacock is substituted for McCullers also in the third. Peacock is taken out in the fifth and is replaced by Francisco LirianoLiriano faces one hitter and one hitter only. He successfully does what he is called upon to do and is able to get Bellinger to ground out. Chris Devenski comes in to face Puig, and successfully gets out of the inning.

Kershaw was in a bit of trouble in the sixth when Carlos Correa reached on a single and was moved to third by groundouts by Gurriel and McCann. After two back to back questionable intentional walks the Astros have the bases loaded with Cameron Maybin stepping up. The plan works when Kershaw gets Maybin to fly out.

Charlie Morton comes in for the Astros in the sixth. Joc Pederson reaches on a single and Logan Forsythe draws a walk. Andre Either gets the RBI single to make it 5-1 Astros. Once again the Dodgers leave men in scoring position when Taylor strikes out and Corey Seager grounds out after shattering his bat sending Morton dodging shrapnel on the mound.

Kenley Jansen comes in to pitch for the Dodgers in the seventh. An impressive sliding catch my Taylor in center helps Jansen as he gets out of the inning. Alex Wood replaces Jansen in the eighth and has no problem keeping the deficit for the Dodgers at 4.

Now heading into the bottom of the ninth the Dodger trial the Astros 5-1. Morton stands between them and any prayer for forcing extras. For the Astros and the city of Houston there has been so much pain and suffering that could be temporarily healed by Morton with three more outs. Chase Utley hits for Wood and strikes out. Taylor and Seager are both thrown out by Altuve to end the series and give the Houston Astros their first World Series Championship in team history with a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers. Just moments before midnight the Houston Astros climb the mountain and reach the promised land. After years of struggling and pain as a team and the more recent pain in the city of Houston, it is joyous bliss for a wounded city. Although temporary, it can heal the hearts of those who have lost everything. Proving that our great pastime is much more than just a game.

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