Houston Walks it off; Forces Game 6
George Springer hit the first pitch of the game out, and from that point on it looked as if the Houston Astros were locked in. In a must-win game to keep their World Series hopes alive, the Astros delivered once again. Houston deployed a platoon of pitchers, doing everything they could to keep the game close and the Rays off-balance. They combined for 11 strikeouts and 3 runs on 7 hits. Carlos Correa delivered the walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th, a shot he called when he told Astros manager Dusty Baker “Walk-off” as he was heading out to the on-deck circle.
The Rays managed to put 3 runs on the board all by way of the long ball. This included Randy Arozarena’s 6th postseason home run, a rookie record. Once again game 6 is a must-win for the Astros, but as mentioned before I had predicted the Rays to win the series in 6 so don’t be surprised when the Rays punch their ticket to the World Series.
Kershaw’s postseason woes continue; Braves win bigly
For the first five innings, the Braves and Dodgers dueled back and forth. 22-year-old Bryse Wilson got the nod to start for the Braves and pitched the best game of his life to date going 6 innings with 5 strikeouts, giving up only 1 hit and 1 run. Marcell Ozuna was all the offense that the Braves needed for the night going 4-5 with 2 home runs, a double, and 4 RBIs.
Clayton Kershaw looked to have taken control as well, only giving up 1 run through the first 5 innings. But like many postseason games of the past, he was called out for 1 inning too many as the Braves couldn’t miss what he had left to give, putting up a 6 spot to take the lead 7-1. The Dodgers lost the wind in their sail after that, as the Braves coasted to a 10-2 win expanding their series lead to 3 games to 1. One more win will send the Braves to the World Series and once again see the Dodgers eliminated from the postseason empty-handed.