If you missed that Game Five of this year's World Series last night, and chances are you did if you live east of the Mississippi and had to get up for work or school on Monday morning, here's how it played out:
- It was 4-0 Dodgers in the top of the fourth inning with Clayton Kershaw pitching.
- It was 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth.
- It was 7-4 Dodgers in the top of the fifth.
- It was 7-7 in the bottom of the fifth.
- It was 8-7 Dodgers in the top of the seventh.
- It was It was 11-8 Astros in the bottom of the seventh.
- It was 11-9 in the top of the eighth.
- It was 12-9 in the bottom of the eighth.
- It was 12-12 in the top of the ninth.
- Astros walk-off 13-12 in the bottom of the tenth.
- The Astros hit five home runs, the Dodgers hit two.
- Perhaps the best player on either team, George Springer, made a bonehead play in the outfield that caused the Dodgers to take the lead in the seventh inning.
- Springer then led off the bottom of the seventh by hitting the first pitch he saw about nine miles for a home run that tied the game, and sparked a four run rally for the Astros.
- Each team used seven pitchers.
- Each team started it's best pitcher. Kershaw was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning. Dallas Keuchel was knocked out in the fourth.
- Each team's bullpen was abominable.
- The game lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes, and ended at close to 1:30 AM in the East.
It was a game that took too long to play, that featured marginal to awful pitching, that featured some glaring mistakes by the managers, and it just may well have been the most exciting and dramatic sporting event, not just the most exciting and dramatic baseball game, that I have seen in, I don't know, ten years, twenty years? Name me something comparable. I'm willing to listen and argue the point with you.
And this Game Five comes four days after an eleven inning 7-6 Astros win in Game Two that was similarly exciting and almost epic, but Game Five topped it in spades.
Me, I was watching the Steelers game and switching the the baseball game during commercials. I did see the Jose Altuve three-run homer that tied it at 7-7 in the fifth inning. The Steelers game ended at around 11:30 or so, and I then switched to the Series game, which by then was only at the end of the sixth inning. Little did I realize what was to come over the next two or so hours. As I said, it may have been the most compelling and dramatic baseball game ever, considering what was at stake.
Just how this game will sit in the pantheon of All-Time Great Games will depend on who ends up winning the World Series. If Houston prevails, then this one becomes one of the Top Two to Five games ever. If the Dodgers win, then Game Five becomes an interesting historical footnote with each passing year.
So, how does it end? The Series now goes back to LA with Houston up 3-2 and Justin Verlander pitching for them. You have to like their chances, and given how the Astros bullpen has been, I am guessing that AJ Hinch will make him pitch until his arm falls off. I like Houston's chances in Game Six, but if it goes to a seventh game, well, I had called for the Dodgers in seven at the outset, so I guess that I will stand by that.
Regardless of how it ends up, these two teams have thus far, given us a World Series for the ages.