By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor for US Daily Review
October baseball things happened Wednesday night in Los Angeles as game two of the World Series was a back and forth affair until the end.
For a second consecutive day, the Los Angeles weather was unseasonably warm at the beginning of game two.
For a second consecutive day, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a 3-1 lead late in the contest.
The Dodgers were on the cusp of closing out the Houston Astros before the Astros inched back into the game with a run in the 8th and another in the 9th, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on closer Kenley Jansen to get a six out save. Jansen got out of a minor jam in the 8th, allowing a run to score that was already on base when Jansen entered the game. But after having closed out Tuesday night’s victory, getting six outs proved too difficult for Jansen when he allowed a homerun to Astros outfielder Marwin Gonzalez to tie the game at three.
Late inning heroics were the order of the day until the end.
Back-to-back homeruns by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa in the 10th inning gave the Astros a two-run lead heading to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 10th, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig hit his first homerun of the World Series. The Dodgers were not done there as they would manufacture another run to tie the game at five and send it to an 11th inning.
Astros centerfielder George Springer did not allow the game to stay tied for long as he hit a two-run homerun to put the Astros up 7-5.
The Dodgers would meekly answer with a homerun in the bottom of the 11th, but it was too little, too late for the Dodgers as the Astros evened the Series at a win each.
The two teams will be off Thursday as the series now shifts to Houston for the next three games.