By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor for US Daily Review
Late October is baseball is living up to the hype thanks to both the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Down two games to one, the Dodgers evened the World Series at two games with a late-inning run-scoring spree on Saturday night. The Astros for their part only got two hits all night: Both were solo homeruns.
Both starting pitchers went well into the Saturday evening affair, each only allowing one run in their efforts. The game was tied at one heading to the ninth.
The ninth inning produced six runs. Late October baseball is something else.
The Dodgers hammered away at the Astros bullpen by committee, capping the scoring when Joc Pederson hit a three-run homeun, the final three runs of the five runs the Dodgers would score in the ninth.
Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen with a five run advantage would give up a homerun to Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, only the Astros second hit in the ballgame. Then Jansen closed the door for good.
The 6-2 final score does not tell the story of the starting pitchers, Charlie Morton and Alex Wood. Morton struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, the one run the Dodgers scored on him was manufactured when Cody Bellinger scored from second base on a Logan Forsythe single. Wood took a no-hitter into the sixth, losing it on the other Astros hit, a homerun by George Springer.
The two teams will meet Sunday for the final game of the season in Houston, but Saturday’s win by the Dodgers assured that the Series will be returning to Los Angeles on Tuesday night.