The Los Angeles Dodgers Force Game 7 With Win Over Houston Astros
Folks, we will have what all say is the best two words in sports history, Game 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a Game 7 on Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory in Game 6.
The Dodgers were facing a tough task in taking on Justin Verlander, the ace who was undefeated in an Astros uniform. The wily veteran starter, Rich Hill took the bump for the crew from Hollywood.
Both starters were sharp early and matched zero's through two innings.
In the third inning is when we finally had a break through in the scoring as center fielder George Springer tagged Hill to the opposite field over the right field wall for a solo home run. 1-0 Astros.
At that point it felt like that might be all the Astros needed for their ace to take them to the promise land. However, if we've learned anything from this series it's that right when you think you can predict it, it goes the other way.
Houston was close to adding on to their lead in the 5th inning when they loaded the bases against Hill with two outs and having only thrown 58 pitches Dave Roberts pulled him from the game. Again, it would be in the hands of the Dodgers bullpen and the constantly used Brandon Morrow to face Alex Bregman. Morrow was able to force Bregman to ground out to shortstop and the lead remained at one.
As the game grew older you felt the nervous energy in the Dodger faithful throughout the stadium, hoping, wishing, praying that their team would be able scratch something against Verlander.
In the sixth inning Justin Verlander's metal began to crack... Austin Barnes started it up with single and then Chase Utley pulled a savvy veteran move by letting a pitch hit him. Two on, no outs and the Hollywood crew was in business.
From there Los Angeles wouldn't waste anytime, as the lineup turned over to the top and the very reliable Chris Taylor. Taylor greeted the Houston ace with a slicing double down the right field line that tied the game at one.
Following Taylor was shortstop Corey Seager and he drove one deep to right-center that ended up becoming a sacrifice fly. The Dodgers had the lead, 2-1.
Verlander was through six innings using 93 pitches to get there but in the top of the seventh inning after Josh Reddick walked, Manager A.J. Hinch decided it was time to pinch hit for his ace. Oh the tough decisions in a National League park. The move didn't pan out as pinch hitter Evan Gattis grounded into a fielders choice and the Stros would be turned away again in the seventh.
Joe Musgrove relieved Verlander in the seventh and was greeted rudely by outfielder Joc Pederson with an opposite field home run. The lead bumped up to 3-1.
We weren't sure if we'd see Dodgers closer Kanley Jansen for a six out save but Manager Dave Roberts went to his horse in the eighth and he locked it down.
Game 7 is set for 7:20pm on Wednesday. It will pit two right-handers against each other. For the Houston Astros it'll be Lance McCullers and for the Los Angeles Dodgers it'll be Yu Darvish.