By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Nationals are going to remember Oct. 30, 2019 for a very long time. In fact, that is the day they won their first World Series Championship.
The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 6-2, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The road game won every game in this series, including the critical Game 7.
Washington won the series, 4-3. The Nationals moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005.
Before their move, the franchise was based in Montreal, Canada as the Montreal Expos. This franchise was born in 1969.
This is the second World Series for a Washington, D.C. based team. The Washington Senators won the 1924 World Series over the New York Giants.
Washington is the sixth straight road team to clinch the World Series on the road. The last home team to win at home was the 2013 Boston Red Sox.
Stephen Strasburg was named the World Series MVP. He went a perfect 5-0 in the postseason, including a Game 6 win on Tuesday.
The Nationals put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth inning. Adam Eaton singled to center field that scored Yan Gomes and Víctor Robles for a 6-2 lead.
One inning earlier, rising star Juan Soto hit a two-run home run to right field. Eaton also scored on the play for a 4-2 lead.
Howie Kendrick gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead when he hit a two-run home run off of the foul pole in the top of the seventh inning. Eaton also scored on this play, as well.
Anthony Rendon put Washington on the board with a 374-foot home run in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Astros went up 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Carlos Correa singled to shallow left field that scored Yuli Gurriel.
Houston lead 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when Gurriel hit a 389-foot home run.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer received a no decision after going five innings. Patrick Corbin – who signed with the Nationals in the off-season – received the win.
Corbin went three innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three batters in the three scoreless innings.
Astros starter Zack Greinke went 6 1/3rd innings. Yet, he received the no decision.
When Greinke left the game, things fell apart with the Astros bullpen. Will Harris received the loss after allowing one run (one earned run), including one home run, on two hits in 0.0 innings. He failed to get an out during his five pitches.