By Robert Musantry,
Sports Business Writer
The 2017 World Series has come to a close, with the Houston Astros taking the series 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. This series was very back and forth, with no game being won by more than four runs and two one-run wins coming in extra innings. It came down to a decisive Game 7, with the Astros coming out on top in Los Angeles.
Coming into the series, the Dodgers had beaten the defending champion Chicago Cubs in just five games to become National League champions, whereas Houston needed the full seven games to claim the American League title over the New York Yankees. The teams then squared off in Game 1, with stars Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for LA and Houston, respectively. The Dodgers, playing in front of their home crowd, took Game 1 by a score of 3-1. This was just the beginning of a very competitive series.
Game 2 gave fans their first taste of extra innings for the World Series, with the teams requiring 11 innings to decide a winner. The teams also combined for eight home runs in this game, with 10 of the 13 runs scored off the long ball. The Astros would be victorious after a George Springer home run in the top of the 11th, evening the series at one game apiece.
Then, the series shifted to Houston for Game 3, where the Astros would take a relatively straight-forward 5 to 3 win. This was followed by the Dodgers winning Game 4, evening the series once again, with neither team able to take a larger series lead. The final game in Houston would be the craziest of the entire series. Game 5 saw 25 runs come across the plate, and another seven home runs hit. The Dodgers looked good early, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. The Astros, however, would storm back to tie the game at 4 runs each, and then again later at 8 runs for both teams. Houston took their first lead of the night in the 7th inning, taking an 11-8 lead. The Dodgers tied the game back up at 12 in the top of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. The tie would not last too long, however, as the Astros scored in the bottom of the 10th to walk-off and take a 3-2 series lead.
The series then shifted back to LA, and the Dodgers took full advantage, winning Game 6 by 3 runs to 1, handing Justin Verlander his first loss of the 2017 postseason. The stage was set for a thrilling Game 7, with both teams looking to pull out all the stops to win a championship. Game 7 lived up to the hype, with Houston jumping to an early lead and never looking back. The Astros won the game 5-1, receiving their first World Series title since the team was founded in 1962. The series was notable for breaking records, including most combined home runs (25) and most home runs by one team (15, Astros).
This series showed the true meaning of the term “Fall Classic” and will go down as one of the best World Series of all time.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 7th print edition.
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