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Astros bring home first World Series trophy to Houston

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games to win their first ever World Series

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Ben Brooks, Reporter

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Founded in 1962, the Houston Astros finally have reached the highest point a team can hope for in Major League Baseball. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a climactic seventh game and won the World Series, giving them the title and bragging rights as the best team in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers came into the playoffs with an MLB best 104-58 record, while the Astros finished third overall in the league with a 101-61.

Houston knocked out the 93-69 Boston Red Sox three games to one, while the Dodgers swept the 93-69 Arizona Diamondbacks three to zero. In the second round, the Astros faced the 91-71 New York Yankees, who have won an astounding 27 World Series Championships over the team’s illustrious 114 year career. After losing the first two, the New York Yankees won three in a row, putting the Astros in an uncomfortbale position needing two wins in a row. An eighth inning from star second baseman Jose Altuve helped secure the Astros 7-1 win, bringing the fate of who was going to the World Series down to game seven.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers cruised by the defending champion Chicago Cubs four games to one, securing their spot in their 19th World Series, and their first since 1988. Back in Houston, game seven was on. Home runs from Altuve and Designated hitter Evan Gattis along with a masterful pitching performance from Charlie Morton gave the Astros the 4-0 win, placing them in the teams second world series ever, and looking for their first win.

In game one, star Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters in seven innings pitched as the Dodgers cruised for a 3-1 win. game two proved to be one of the more memorable recent games, as outfielder George Springer’s two run home run in the 11th inning won the game for the Astros 7-6. Lance McCullers JR. led the Astros to a 5-3 win in game three to give the Astros the 2-1 lead. But the Dodgers struck back in game four, winning 6-2 as Designated Hitter Joc Pederson knocked a home run off of Joe Musgrove in the ninth inning.

Most baseball games are 3-2 or 5-4, as baseball is a rather low scoring sport. Game five ignored that trend, as the Astros hit a whopping five home runs to beat the Dodgers 13-12 in ten innings, giving the Astros a 3-2 series lead and putting them one game away from their first win in program history, The Dodgers, however, had other plans, as they rallied in the sixth inning of game six to win 3-1, tying the series at three and bring it all down to a game seven in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, November first, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager grounded out to Jose Altuve with two outs in the ninth to end the game. The scoreboard read Astros five, Dodgers one. After dealing with Hurricane Harvey and a baseball team that hadn’t ever won the world series, the city of Houston was victorious. The Astros were World Series champions four games to three. George Springers’ record tying five World Series home runs helped earn him Most Valuable Player honors. And finally, after 55 years of disapointment, the Astros were World Series champions.

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