World Series Game 7 didn’t end well for the home team, and the Los Angeles Dodgers now start back at square one.
After having one of the best seasons in recent memory and one of the best ever as a team, the Los Angeles Dodgers did what we thought they could — choke. No, it didn’t come in an early round of the post-season, but rather at a time when everything seemed like it would work out for them.
Two games at home despite trailing 3-2 in the World Series, and they got the first part of the job right, but couldn’t finish. Instead, Yu Darvish’s start ended up being another disaster, as he allowed all of Houston’s scoring in the first two innings.
A single by Andre Ethier in the sixth inning got Joc Pederson home, but the Dodgers were unable to get any other players across home plate. The Dodgers left a total of ten players on base, and it came back to haunt them.
With the loss, the Dodgers fell a game at home short of ending their near 30 year drought without a championship. On the flip side, Houston wins it’s first ever World Series title as a franchise.
While the series was one for the ages, hindsight is always 20/20 — and looking back, it’s hard to watch all of the times that the Dodgers had a chance to gain an edge. Back to Game 2, they were three outs away from going up 2-0 in the series before Houston stormed back to send it to extras and eventually go back home with a draw.
Then in Game 5, perhaps the best game of the series and of the season, Los Angeles and Houston exchanged multiple offensive blows before the Astros pulled off a miraculous win by a score of 13-12 and also in extra innings.
This now leads to a time of reflection for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and hopefully it brings them to a point where they can figure out where they went wrong. Not only did they let their team down, but the entire city and a generation of fans who thought maybe their long, awful wait was over.
Unfortunately, it’s not over yet — and the Houston Astros are now the champions of the baseball world.