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Nationals take World Series Championship Home

Another baseball season has come and gone. The Arizona Diamondbacks had another tough season, ending almost fifty-fifty in wins and loses. But the season continued on to the World Series, seeing the Houston Astros face off against the Washington Nationals from October 22nd to the 30th. 

Game 1 ended with the Nationals defeating the Astros 5-4. Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel drove in the first two runs of the game with a deep left-field hit against Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. Soon after this, Scherzer threw seven straight strikeouts, quickly followed with fellow teammates Ryan Zimmerman (first baseman) and Juan Soto (outfield) tying the game with a home run each. The game turned in the National’s favor in the fifth inning as Soto once again brought in third baseman Anthony Rendon and centerfielder Victor Robles to give their team a three-run lead. While the Astros were able to bring the game to 5-4 during the seventh inning, but ultimately, the Nationals stole the first game of seven of the World Series. 


Game 2 started out with a bang as Rendon brought in two early runs courtesy of a hard double to left field. However, Astros’ third baseman quickly tied the game with a two-run home run that barely made it out of the field. After a few innings of commentary play, thanks to Astros’ ace pitcher Justin Verlander’s impeccable pitching. Unfortunately, as Verlander’s pitch began to wind down, the Nationals managed to gain two more runs before Verlander was relieved by Ryan Pressly. Unfortunately, the Nationals gave the Astros a fight that eventually ended in a 12-3 win, securing their second World Series game. 


The Astros took these two loses in stride, tightening up their fielding and batting in the third game. Jose Altuve and George Springer led the charge against the Nationals with two steals and two doubles respectively, while their defense closed up against Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Roberto Osuna stepped in to pitch for the Nationals in the ninth inning, allowing a single to the outfield before ending the game with a strikeout and a final winning score of 4 to 1. 


With only one game under their belt, Astros Manager AJ Hinch surprisingly put in rookie pitcher Jose Urquidy against the leading Nationals. Urquidy, in his time on the mound, struck out four batters and didn’t allow a single run. At bat, Houston players Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel gave their team a two-run lead in the first inning that would last throughout the game. Taking advantage of their lead, the Astros brought in five more runs throughout the rest of the game, eventually ending in an 8 to 1 win. 


Now playing in the Astros home field, the Nationals still couldn’t find their footing in the Series as the Astros took thirteen hits from the four pitchers that followed former D-Back, Patrick Corbin. The highlight of the game came from Bergman, who brought in the second franchise grand slam, giving the Astros a seven-run lead. The game was visited by President Donald Trump, who was offered the chance to throw the honorary first pitch but turned it down for security reasons. The game ended with a final score of seven to one, the Astros tying up the series wins. 


Game six was the most tense game thus far. Whoever won this game would have the advantage in the final game of the series. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg made it through eight-and-a-third innings and only allowing two runs out of the five hits during his time on the mound. The National’s streak didn’t end there, with an RBI single by third baseman Anthony Rendon, one of five that he would make before the game ended. Houston battled back hard, bringing center-fielder George Springer with a sacrifice fly by second baseman Jose Altuve and a solo homerun from Bregman to give their team a 2-1 lead. This lead would only last so long, as during the fifth inning, Nationals players Adam Eaton and Juan Soto both hit solo home runs, giving the team a winning lead of 3-2. 


The final game of the series and the 2019 MLB season. The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals both had three of the seven games won, and whoever won this game won it all. The game was one of continuous streaks. Astros’ pitcher and former D-Backs pitcher Zack Grienke was a one-hit-pitcher until the seventh inning, when Astros’ started Anthony Rendon managed to get a homerun off his bat. At this point, the tide of the game changed completely in the Nationals favor as Howie Kendrick struck a two-run homerun against the right field pole, bringing the game to 3-2. The Nationals kept their reputation for having late runs strong, earning the final three winning runs throughout the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. The game came to an explosive end as Nationals reliever pitcher Daniel Hudson made the final strikeout to Michael Brantley, giving the team their first ever franchise World Series Title.