Alex Bregman knocked a home run into the Crawford Boxes in the first inning of Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night to put Houston on top. This series has been very weird. To make that call in the seventh inning of an elimination game in the World Series? Yet several hours after throwing pitches on level ground in the outfield, Scherzer briefly warmed up in the bullpen during the seventh inning as if he could have entered in relief.
It was a move that garnered a ton of criticism during and immediately after the game. The twist for the heavy-hitting Astros is they may prefer to play this game in Washington. "If it's in the rules that I did the wrong thing, then so be it, but I think this stage is too big and too important to a lot of people to have every avenue not taken advantage".
It is hard to imagine the pitching lining up better for the Nats going into game seven. Gomes has proven to be the more effective hitter during the postseason, though, going 6-for-21 with two doubles and three RBIs in nine games entering tonight.
It had been building inside of him, bubbling under the surface from the moment a bewildered Trea Turner walked off the field and back to the Nationals dugout following one of the most head-scratching interference calls you'll ever see. Rendon added a two-run double in the ninth. Only two pitchers in Major League Baseball history had a better number over at least 40 innings, Sandy Koufax and Mariano Rivera.
With two outs in the first inning, the Astros' third baseman and presumptive American League MVP crushed a solo home run to left field off Strasburg that gave Houston a 2-1 lead. He was practically untouchable.
Turner sprinted down the line, as the Astros pitcher fielded it cleanly and threw to first base. "Turner was just inside the foul line - although the rule raises the question of where exactly Turner is supposed to run on his final step to the bag", ESPN reports. Gomes and Turner each advanced one base on the play.
"Torre said Turner was called out because he interfered with Gurriel trying to catch the ball by running into Gurriel's glove". There was a ridiculous umpiring controversy and then a ridiculous replay-review controversy. Eaton and left fielder Juan Soto each hit solo homers, taking the lead at 3-2. After some argument from Martinez and the Nationals, umpires went to the headsets for 4 ½ minutes before upholding the call. He is 0-2 with an ERA north of 5.00.
After all, Verlander tossed just five innings in which he surrendered three runs on five hits.
Suzuki has gone 3-for-30 with one homer and one RBI in 10 games. For game six, he predicted an Astros win and a few other misses.
For any average fan of baseball, this has been an insanely boring series.
In the bottom of the first inning with the game tied at one, the Houston Astros third baseman launched a go-ahead solo shot, and (understandably) visibly was sacked up. Only one game was decided by a single run. With an average ticket price of $1,262 for Game 6, that number could jump even higher for tonight's winner-take-all Game 7.
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