Words by Jason Cordner
It’s a shame someone has to lose in this World Series. After five hours and 17 minutes and more than 400 pitches, the Houston Astros won Game 5 of the World Series and took the series lead 3-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2017
Both teams kept the score close throughout the game and hit a combined total of seven home runs. With the score tied 12-12 at the end of the ninth, the game headed into extra innings. A line drive to left field by 23-year-old Alex Bregman ended the game with pinch runner Derek Fisher scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. With a final score of 13-12, Houston won its last home game of the 2017 season.
Five different Astros players homered in Game 5, including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann and George Springer. Three of those were game-tying homeruns.
The two teams have now combined for 22 homeruns in the Series, setting a new record for most home runs in a World Series. Additionally the total number of homers hit in the postseason is at 101, which is the most in a single postseason according to ESPN.
For those who stayed up well into the early morning, to watch the conclusion of this epic game 5, MLB tweeted a little message to pass along to job.
— MLB (@MLB) October 30, 2017
The series now heads back to Los Angeles. The Astros will send Justin Verlander to try to close out the Dodgers. The Dodgers had their chances to win game 5, so don’t expect them to go out without a fight. Especially with the last two games if necessary, in LA. The first pitch of Game 6 is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:20 p.m.