For baseball fans, last night’s epic World Series game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers was one for the ages.
The pleasure of watching the top two teams in the league for all of last season match players and wits for 11 innings almost makes it worthwhile to endure the 162-game regular season that features some quite inept teams serving as cannon fodder for the six or so teams that actually have some post-season potential.
The end of the game was particularly compelling.
When the Dodgers took a two-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of a two-run homer off the bat of shortstop Corey Seager, it looked like a redux of game one, where the Dodgers took a late lead, and then turned the game over to its bullpen, when set-up man Brandon Morrow and closer Kenley Jackson, who set down the Astros’ batters in game one with barely a hint of stress.
That was not to be the case last night. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Rich Hill, after just four innings of work.
The relief corps got the Dodgers out of the seventh inning with the two-run lead intact, but the Astros scraped out a run in the top of the eighth to make it tight.
Houston tied the game in the top of the ninth to make the score 3 – 3.
In the top of the 10th the Astros’ Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back homers to give Houston a two-run, 5 – 3 lead.
Los Angeles closed it to 5 – 4 with a moonshot by Yasiel Puig and then pushedanother run across when Enrique Hernandez drove in the tying run with a two-out RBI single.
The wildest moment of the night was when the Houston reliever Chris Devenski attempted a pick-off play at second. His wild throw might have gone into centre field and allowed Hernandez to advance to third and possibly score, but the throw hit the second base umpire and prevented Hernandez form advancing.
The drama continued in the 11th. Houston once again went up by two runs, making the score 7 – 5.
Los Angeles scored another run in the bottom of the 11th, but the game ended in Houston’s favour when Devenski struck out Puig in a nine-pitch at-bat.