Washington Nationals overcome odds to win first World Series

Washington Nationals overcome odds to win first World Series

Washington Nationals overcome odds to win first World Series

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named World Series MVP. Everything you worked for in your life.

"It's just surreal, and to be able to do it with this group of guys is something", Straburg said, his family, including his kids, standing by his side on the field at Minute Maid Park. It's the franchise's first world championship. "What a dream come true".

A 6-2 loss to the Nationals in Game 7 is not what the Astros had in mind.

Juan Soto added an RBI single in the eighth, driving in Adam Eaton and extending the Nationals lead 4-2, and Adam Eaton picked up a pair of RBIs in the top of the ninth to make it 6-2.

With Greinke and Scherzer grunting on every pitch, Game 7 was a classic duel from the start. "It was gutsy", reliever Sean Doolittle said. It was stay in the fight, that was our motto.

Scherzer was done after the fifth, but he had done his job to keep it close.

Scherzer knew he was getting better once he made it through the flight to Houston, then had another round of treatment at the hotel. "I could tell the cortisone was working. He was available, and I felt it was a game that he was going to come in had we tied it or taken the lead".

For the Astros, who brought baseball into the Space Age with their far-out Astrodome and AstroTurf, and helped zoom the game into the galaxy of the Analytics Era, it was a startling end.

Down 2-0 in the seventh, Washington (93-69) started to roar back on a solo homer from Anthony Rendon and a go-ahead two-run shot by Howie Kendrick off Houston starter Zack Greinke. Michael Brantley led off with a single and moved to second base as Gurriel grounded out for the second out of the inning. But they were stranded out after a popped-out bunt, a grounder and a liner.

Scherzer pitched five innings Wednesday night and labored most of the way.

When Soto followed with a one-out walk, manager AJ Hinch decided to make a move. "He was a warrior coming back from being hurt".

Just look to the Nationals, who beat the odds to topple the mighty Astros and win the World Series. I learned a lot more about the game from [manager] A.J. "I took it as far as I could".

As valiant as Scherzer's effort was, though, he was clearly operating at a significantly lower level of effectiveness than usual, and manager Dave Martinez still let him slog through 103 pitches over five innings. With four walks and three strikeouts, he ended a streak of 257 consecutive starts (regular season and postseason) without more walks than strikeouts.

For all that irritation, he finally gets a ring.

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