Wasted opportunity again. This time for Los Angeles.
Two on, one out in the first. No runs.
Two on, one out in the second. No runs.
Two on, no outs in the third. No runs.
Two on, one out in the fifth. No runs.
Two on, no outs in the sixth. One run.
And then, after that, they were done. The Dodgers bats had all the chances in the world. But they couldn’t do it. And they couldn’t undo Yu.
Yu Darvish dropped his meat in the dirt for the second time this World Series. He didn’t make out of the second inning again. He threw 47 pitches. On only one did an Astros batter swing and miss. Ten batters, five runs. He became only the second pitcher ever to go fewer than two innings in two World Series starts. And his big game meltdowns continued.
But it didn’t really matter the way the Dodgers’ offense responded.
Now, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have the entire off-season to explain why he didn’t start Alex Wood, one of the key rotation pieces all season long that helped them win 104 games in the regular year. Instead, he started new-comer Yu Darvish. Never get into a van with a stranger. It’s a lesson we all learned in kindergarten.
In the end, the Dodgers could score only one run. And the Astros brought the first-ever World Championship to the state of Texas.
They waltzed through an awful American League West. They walked all over an over-rated Boston Red Sox team. They survived a dangerous New York Yankees team. They slugged it out with an equally scrappy but poorly managed Los Angeles Dodgers team.
Congratulations to the Houston Astros.