LOS ANGELES, Calif -As if we have not been spoiled enough by this Fall Classic, we get November baseball, a Game 7 to conclude one of the best World Series to have been played. We have had records broken with home runs hit in Game 5. Two extra inning affairs and so much excitement.
Things started quickly for the Astros in the first inning. George Springer led off with a double, scoring on a Dodgers throwing error by Cody Bellinger off the bat of Alex Bregman. Bregman would score on a Jose Altuve groundout, giving Houston a 2-0 lead.
Back at it an inning later, it was the Astros scoring three runs off the bat of Springer, a three-run shot to extend the lead to 5-0. This was Springer’s sixth of the postseason and fifth in the World Series. Scoring on the home run were Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez who both reached on a walk and double respectively. Springer talked about his home run and trip around the bases.
”I remember my plan and my approach was to get something out over the plate. Get something I could drive. If I was going to go down, I was going down on my own accord. I just remember swinging and hearing the sound of the bat, and I knew it was a good sound. Then I saw the flight of the ball. I got to first base and rounded third and got home and that was a crazy feeling. It’s a very surreal feeling because this is a Game 7. This is what you dream of as a kid. And for that to happen is indescribable.”
Like in Game 3, Los Angeles’ Yu Darvish failed to get out of the second inning. Springer’s home run knocked him out of the game. Brandon Morrow relieved Darvish to get the final out.
Morrow appeared in every single game in the World Series, tying a record held by Darold Knowles of the 1973 Athletics.
After Morrow, it was Clayton Kershaw’s turn for the Dodgers. He was able to keep the Astros offense at bay with his four innings, allowing only two hits with zero runs, and four strikeouts. He did have two walks, but they were intentional. All was done on a total of 43 pitches.
The Dodgers finally got on the board in the sixth with a single run, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Joc Pederson would start things with a single and scored on a single by Andre Either. That would be all the runs Los Angeles would score, as the Astros bullpen was able to shut the door.
Charlie Morton played a big role coming out of the bullpen. Like Kershaw did for Los Angeles he pitched four innings of two-hit baseball for Houston allowing just one run and was credited with the win.
The Astros in their 56th season of play won their first World Series title in franchise history. The win marks the fourth consecutive time that the winner has done it on the road. The last team to clinch the title at home was the 2013 Boston Red Sox.
With his play during the World Series, Springer was unanimously voted the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet. He became the eighth different outfielder and ninth overall to win this award.
For the series, Springer hit .379 (11-for-29) with five home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored, becoming the first ever player to reach those totals. He collected eight extra-base hits during this Fall Classic, after starting Game 1 with a 0-for-4 and four strikeouts. His effort surpassed Willie Stargell’s 1979 performance with the Pirates. His five home runs is a new World Series record for a player batting from the leadoff spot, eclipsing four by Lenny Dykstra during the 1993 series.
Not done with entering the record books, Springer homered in four consecutive Fall Classic games, becoming the first to do so. He joined Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson as the only other players to homer in four consecutive World Series games overall.
When asked A.J. Hinch to describe this Astros team, he replied with “Champion.”