2017 World Series Game Two (Inches Away)
Literally inches, that’s how close the Dodgers were to being up 2-0 in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros. After finally breaking their NLCS curse, going 8-1 in the playoffs, the Dodgers were inches from being up 2-0.
How do I know they were inches from being up 2-0? I was there. ALCS MVP Justin Verlander had the Dodgers looking like a Little League team and then the Dodgers used the longball to knock him out of the game gaining a 3-1 lead through eight innings.
Up to that point, the Dodgers bullpen had not given up a run for 28 straight playoff innings. Reliever Brandon Morrow threw a pitch to Astros Alex Bregman who laced a slicing flyball to right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Puig dove for the low line drive which hit his glove and bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. Wasting no time, manager Dave Roberts brought in closer Kenley Jansen who promptly got an out. Jansen would give up a hit though scoring Bregman and ending the scoreless streak. The Dodgers were still winning but the margin was just a run.
When the ninth inning started that one run deficit disappeared as the first batter Marwin Gonalez hit a hanging cutter over the centerfield fence.
In extra innings, the teams would put on a home run derby as the Astros hit three to the Dodgers two. Thus provided the winning 7-6 margin for the Astros, tying the series sending it back to Houston.
Losing game two didn’t cost the Los Angeles Dodgers the World Series but had Puig made the catch and saved the bullpen, a later games outcome might have been different.