Looking Back on the 2019 World Series

Alex Johnson, Staff Writer

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Should the Nationals Have Won the World Series?

The 2019 World Series is a best out of seven games to end the 2019 season, played from October 22 to October 30 It was played between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The Nationals ended up defeating the Astros in the series, four games to three, to verify their first World Series win in establishment history. Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after the series.

Game 1: Max Scherzer (WSH) vs. Gerrit Cole (HOU)

In the bottom of the first, Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run double, giving the Astros a 2–0 lead. In the top of the second, Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run to cut the Astros’ lead to 2-1. Juan Soto began the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run to tie the game, 2–2. Adam Eaton drove in a run in the top of the fifth, advancing two hitters later by a Juan Soto two-run double, giving the Nationals a 5–2 lead. In the bottom of the eighth George Springer hit a double scoring two, trimming the Nationals’ lead to one. Sean Doolittle was able to get the save and the Nationals win game one.

Game 2: Stephen Strasburg (WSH) vs. Justin Verlander (HOU)

Anthony Rendon drove in two runs with a double, putting the Nationals up early. Alex Bregman tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. leading off the top of the seventh, Kurt Suzuki hit a home run to put the Nationals ahead, 3–2. After the pitching change Washington scored five more runs in the seventh off Ryan Pressly, extending their lead to 8–2. With a six-run lead, Strasburg was removed before the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth inning, a two-run home run by Adam Eaton plus an RBI by Asdrubel Cabrera extended the Nationals’ lead to nine runs. A ninth-inning home run by Michael Taylor pushed the lead to 12–2. Martin Maldonado hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth, but reliever Javy Guerra still shut them out with a final score of 12–3.

Game 3: Anibal Sanchez (WSH) vs. Zack Greinke (HOU)

In the second inning, Josh Reddick drove in Carlos Correa as Houston scored the game’s first run. In the third inning Jose Altuve doubled, then scored on an infield single by Micheal Brantley giving the Astros a 2–0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Zimmerman walked then was driven in by a Victor Robles triple, cutting the Astros’ lead to 2–1. Houston restored their two-run lead in the top of the fifth, as Altuve doubled and was then driven in by Brantley. Greinke left with two outs in the bottom of the fifth The Astros extended their lead to 4–1 in the top of the sixth, as Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run. The Astros brought in their closer Roberto Osuna to pitch the bottom of the ninth getting the Astros first win in the series.

Game 4: Patrick Corbin (WSH) vs. Jose Urquidy (HOU)

The Astros scored early, recording two runs in the first inning. Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, extending Houston’s lead to 4–0. Urquidy was pulled after five innings, having held the Nationals scoreless, retiring nine straight batters Washington scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, coming on a Juan Soto ground-out with the bases loaded and one out. A grand slam by Alex Bregman in the seventh inning extended Houston’s lead to 8–1. With the Astros holding their lead with no further scoring, the Astros evened the series, 2–2.

Game 5: Gerrit Cole (HOU) vs. Joe Ross (WSH)

A two-run home run by Yordan Alverez in the top of the second inning gave the Astros an early lead. In the top of the fourth, Carlos Correa hit another two-run home run, extending Houston’s lead to 4–0. Juan Soto narrowed the lead to 4–1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. Yuli Gurriel drove in a run in the top of the eighth to restore the four-run lead. George Springer’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth stretched Houston’s lead to 7–1. With Ryan Pressly allowing no baserunners in the bottom of the ninth, The Astros won game five.

Game 6: Justin Verlander (HOU) vs Stephen Strasburg (WSH)

Starting pitchers were Justin Verlander for Houston and Stephen Strasburg for Washington. Rendon drove in a run in the top of the first, giving the Nationals an early 1–0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Jose Altuve and a solo home run by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the first gave Houston a 2–1 lead. Fifth-inning solo home runs by Adam Eaton and Juan Soto gave the Nationals a 3–2 lead. Soto also carried his bat to first base after homering, mimicking Bregman. A two-out, two-run home run by Rendon pushing Washington’s lead to 5–2. Rendon drove in two more runs in the top of the ninth with a double, extending the Nationals’ lead to 7–2. Strasburg left with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Sean Doolittle relieved Strasburg, and allowed a two-out double to Carlos Correa, but nothing further, and the Nationals evened the series to force a final game seven.

Game 7: Max Scherzer vs. Zack Greinke

A solo home run by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the second inning gave the Astros an early 1–0 lead. Carlos Correa hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 2–0. Greinke had given up only one hit before Anthony Rendon’s solo home run in the top of the seventh cut the Astros’ lead to 2–1. With Harris Coming in he gave up a two-run home run to Howie Kendrick, giving the Nationals a 3–2 lead, which they never relinquished Roberto Osuna pitched the eighth inning for Houston, when Juan Soto drove in Adam Eaton with two outs to give Washington a two-run lead. The Nationals extended their lead to 6–2 in the ninth inning, with two runs scoring on a one-out single by Eaton with the bases loaded. With Patrick Corbin having pitched three scoreless innings in relief for Washington, Daniel Hudson came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and retired the side winning the World Series for the Nationals

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The Nationals surround their manager Dave Martinez as the Washington Nationals hoist the World Series trophy. The Nationals clinched the World Series with a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7.