By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Nationals were going to be happy with a split of the first two games of the World Series. Instead, the team is going back to Washington, D.C. with a two game lead.
The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Washington won 12-3 over Houston at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
With the win, the Nationals are now 2-0 in their best of seven series. The series will resume on Friday night in the nation’s capitol.
The next three games of the series will be at Nationals Park beginning Friday, and if necessary, through Sunday night. Game 6 and Game 7 will be back in Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30 if necessary.
The game was broken open in the seven innings. After Kurt Suzuki started the inning with a 381 foot home run off of Justin Verlander, the Nationals scored five more runs following a pitching change.
Things started to unravel when Howie Kendrick reached base with a single. Víctor Robles scored on the play to make it 4-2, before Asdrúbal Cabrera singled to shallow center field that scored Juan Soto and Trea Turner for a 6-2 lead.
Ryan Zimmerman — Mr. National as he is called — then reached base on an infield single. Kendrick and Cabrera scored on the play after a throwing error by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.
The very next inning, Adam Eaton hit a two-run home run to right field that also scored Robles. Shortly thereafter, Cabrera singled to center field that scored Soto to make it 11-2.
Michael Taylor hit a home run to left field to make it 12-2.
Martín Maldonado hit a 409-foot home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to make it 12-3.
The Nationals led just 2-0 before the offensive explosion late in the contest. Anthony Rendon doubled to left field that scored Eaton and Turner for the lead in the first inning.
Bregman followed that up in the bottom of the first inning to tie the contest at 2-2 with a 411-foot home run that also scored Michael Brantley.
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg received the win. He is now 1-0 in the World Series.
He went six innings and allowed two runs (two earned runs) on seven hits, including a home run. Strasburg also struck out seven batters and walked one.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander received the loss. He went six innings in the losing effort, as he allowed four runs (four earned runs), including a home run), on seven hits.
Verlander struck out six batters and walked three.