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The offense. The lead changes. The clutch hits. The unbelievable plays. The incredible drama. Game 5 of the World Series featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros on Sunday had it all.
A game that figured to be a pitcher’s dual between Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel quickly turned into quite the opposite. The game stretched well over five hours, making it one of the longest World Series games in MLB history — Game 3 of the Astros-Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series lasted a postseason record 14 innings and 5 hours, 41 minutes.
Both teams in Sunday’s showdown combined for 28 hits and used 14 pitchers. There were seven total home runs. Just when it seemed one team had things all wrapped up, the other came firing back with improbable at-bats and clutch hits.
In the end, it was the Astros winning it in the 10th inning, with third baseman Alex Bregman connecting on a two-out walkoff RBI single to give his team a 13-12 victory.
The fireworks started with the Dodgers moving ahead 2-0 in the first inning, and then 4-0 in the fourth on a Austin Barnes RBI single. During the bottom half of the inning, though, the Astros responded with vengeance. They scored four-straight runs in the inning, capped with a 3-run home by Yuli Gurriel to tie it and send the sold-out crowd at Minute Maid Park into a frenzy. That elation was short-lived, however. The next time the Dodgers stepped up to the plate, rookie phenom Cody Bellinger connected on a 3-run homer of his own. The blast put L.A. up 7-4, and sent Houston on its heels. But like he’s done time and time again, Jose Altuve came to the rescue. With two runners on base, Altuve sent another homer into the stands, tying the game once again at 7-7.
The game wasn’t even close to over there, though. Bellinger came to the plate again in the 7th inning and connected again on a pitch, which got past a diving George Springer in center field. Springer’s dive rolled all the way to the fence and scored one as Bellinger was safe on third base. The hit gave the Dodgers an 8-7 lead, but Springer made up for his costly play during his next at bat with a homer. His 7th-inning homer started a Houston rally that ended with an Carlos Correa 2-run homer.
After a Corey Seagar double cut the Dodgers deficit to two runs, at 11-9, Brian McCann’s solo homer in the bottom of the 8th seemingly put an end to the game. That’s until the Dodgers came to the plate in what seemed destined to be their final at-bats of the game.
With their backs against the wall, Yasiel Puig belted a 2-run homer to left field to make it 12-11. Austin Barnes followed with a clutch double, and a ground out moved him to third base. With two outs and down to their last strike, Chris Taylor was the hero this time. He delivered an RBI single that sent the game into extra innings.
The improbable circumstances had many on social media saying Game 5 was one of the best games ever. So, is that true? Do you think that Game 5 of the World Series was the best game in history? Answer below in the poll:
It was the longest game in World Series history already, and
The incredible Game 5 came is just one of the amazing games thus far in the World Series. And that comes after what many deemed to be one of the best World Series’ of all time last year, when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games. Game 7 of that series was ranked by many as one of the best World Series games of all time.