Nationals Look to Sweep Again


Marissa Valenzuela, A&E Editor

The Washington Nationals crushed the Houston Astros with a final score of 12-3.

In Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday Night at Minute Maid Park, Washington took s a 2-0 lead in a best of seven series. They will host Game 3 in D.C. on Friday Night.

Going up against star pitcher of the Astros, Justin Verlander,  Washington made a definite upset when they broke the game with a six-run in the seventh inning. Kurt Suzuki the hero in Game two, smashed a 381 foot home run in the seven inning. Suzuki’s solo home run cane off of Verlander who had struck out six in six innings pitched.

Houston We have a problem

Though very hard to believe, the game was tied 2-2 up till the sixth inning. Both Strasburg and Verlander each giving up two quick runs but wore it down to keep it tied after that. Then came the top of the seventh, the moment that may come to define the series. It began with Verlander on the mound and ended with two Astro pitching changes and seven Washington batters reaching the base.

Also to note, Houston had their first intentional walk of the season. Along with third baseman Alex Bregman, who is an MVP candidate, not making two plays. Six runs crossed the plate tonight and the Nationals dugout did a whole lot of celebrating. As mentioned, Suzuki got the celebration started with his out of the park home run. But five batters later, having walked Juan Soto to load the bases, Howie Kendrick was awarded an infield single and RBI to have the nationals lead 4-2. Asdrubal Cabrera, who earlier in the night had three bad at bats against Verlander, hit a two run single to center to validate his presence that night. Ryan Zimmerman has grounded to third, which Bregman threw away, allowing two more runs to score and finish a six-run rally.

Note that the Nationals had an equally impressive 5-4 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Thanks to a great effort from Stephen Strasburg and a late explosion of run against Astros bullpen; the Nationals need only two more wins to hold Washington’s first World Series title in 95 years.