Thought game 2 was crazy? Last night’s game 5 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros may be one of the greatest and most entertaining World Series games of all time.
This five hour and 17 minute contest, which marks the second longest game in World Series history, finished with the Astors coming out on top 13-12. For what many thought would be a pitchers duel between Houston’s Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, this game proved to be the exact opposite totaling 25 runs before all was said and done at Minute Maid Park.
“Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game. “It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game, the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd. Just exactly what you expect to come to the park with Keuchel and Kershaw pitching.”
Los Angeles came out ready to go as they took an early 4-0 lead. This lead trickled away as Yuli Gurriel knocked a three run, score-evening home run in the fourth inning. Los Angeles extended the lead in the top half of the fifth inning but it was short-lived due to another score evening, three run home run off Kenta Maeda from Jose Altuve.
Altuve continued spearheading this hitting attack through a go-ahead double following a George Springer game tying home run in the seventh inning. The eighth inning saw much of the same from the blazing hot Astros lineup when Brian McCann homered for the first time this postseason, giving Houston a 12-9 lead.
With the score tied at 12 in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Astros found themselves with two men on. Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen had hit McCann and walked George Springer to put two men on early.
Coming up to the plate next was Alex Bregman, who had the chance to finalize one of the greatest games in world series history.
“That guy lives for stuff like this,” Springer said of Bregman. “He loves it. I noticed he was digging in the box a little harder. He wanted to be the guy to do it.”
“Springer had a huge at-bat and walked right before me,” Bregman said. “I took one more swing on the on-deck circle and I looked to [Carlos] Correa. Correa said, ‘It’s your time.’ And then I thought, what’s your approach going to be? I saw [Jansen] last night and he threw more a slider and I was fortunate enough to put a good swing on it and hit it out of the yard. And I basically eliminated the slider.”
This is the exact approach Bregman took as he saw a 92 mph cutter on the low and outside portion of the plate which he lined into left field. Derek Fisher, who had pinch run for McCann at second, came wheeling around third and was comfortably safe at home.
Minute Maid Park erupted into pure pandamonium as the Astros took a 3-2 series lead heading back to Los Angeles.
“In the midst of it, it’s hard to separate yourself from it, especially when it’s a game you’ve pitched in,” Astros closer Collin McHugh said. “I have family waiting outside that will probably let me know how exciting it was.”
This game will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.
Game 6 is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:20 p.m. on FOX.