Matt Slocum/ AP Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann jumps in the arms of starting pitcher Charlie Morton after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3.
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LOS ANGELES– From laughingstock to lift off.
George Springer and the Houston Astros soared to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the very first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
Betting a city still recuperating from Hurricane Harvey, and using an H Strong logo design on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the reward that had avoided them because they started in 1962 as the Colt.45 s.
For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Video game 7 rapidly ended up being a November car as Houston scored 5 runs in the very first 2 innings off an inefficient Yu Darvish. Hardly the enjoyment fans felt throughout the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.
Well, other than for everybody wearing intense orange.
Jose Altuve, one of 4 carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after changing from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Arena from the start. Charlie Morton ended up with 4 outstanding innings of relief for the win.
Springer led off the night with a double against Darvish, and quickly it was 2-0.
Springer struck his fifth homer– connecting the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley– when he linked for a record 4th game in a row, making it 5-0 in the 2nd.
That was plenty for Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily put his 4th batter of the video game, and started a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead.
Forever understood for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be kept in mind as champions, finally, in their 56th season.
The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Groups from the Lone Star State had actually won most every major crown– Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, champions in college football, and guys’s and women’s hoops– except the World Series.
Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and enhanced by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general supervisor Jeff Luhnow finished the climb that some forecasted.
Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014– after Houston had lost more than 100 video games for three straight years– that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and included an image of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.
Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Champion Series. The Astros signed up with the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a set of Game 7s in the same year.
For the Dodgers, the mission to win a Series for the first time because 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or supervisor Dave Roberts.
Long time ace Clayton Kershaw offered 4 nothing innings of relief for Los Angeles, however it was far too late. Exactly what the Dodgers really required was a much better starter than Darvish, somebody more like the lefty who threw out a ritualistic very first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.
After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger tossed past Darvish for a mistake, permitting a run to score. Bregman strongly stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.
A double by Marwin Gonzalez assisted set up perhaps McCullers’ most significant contribution, a slow grounder for his very first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.
That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for crowning achievement. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.
Just once have the Dodgers clinched a crown in the house, that being available in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to end up a sweep. They have actually never won Video game 7 of the Fall Timeless at their own park, dating more than a century earlier to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.
As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Arena was delegated repeat the unfortunate, but enthusiastic cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.
Just 106 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training.