In the history of the World Series, game six may have some of the most memorable moments. From the ball going through Bill Buckner’s legs to Joe Carter’s walk-off home run in 1993, Tuesday night’s seventh inning may have joined those moments.
After a controversial call against the Washington Nationals, one swing of Anthony Rendon’s bat forced a game seven in a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros.
How It Happened
Rendon started things off on a strong note for the Nationals with an RBI single to center field, scoring Trea Turner. The Astros responded though in the bottom frame with a sac fly from Jose Altuve followed up by a solo shot by Alex Bregman to the Crawford Boxes to take an early 2-1 lead.
The Nationals took back control of the ballgame in the fifth with a pair of home runs by Adam Eaton and Juan Soto, making it a one-run ballgame. Things got controversial in the seventh inning when Trea Turner was ruled out on batter interference. After a lengthy on-field delay to confirm the interference, Rendon increased the Nationals lead to 5-2 with a two-out, two-run home run.
Rendon followed that up in the ninth with a two-run double to center field to slam the door shut on a potential rally.
Big Number: 5
Five RBIs just off the bat of Anthony Rendon was absolutely huge against the Astros ace in Justin Verlander.
Player of the Game: Stephen Strasburg
The Nationals pitcher was on the brink of history with a potential complete game, allowing only two runs off of five hits and striking out seven on the evening. It’s even crazier when you realize the two runs for Houston were both scored in the first inning. After a rough first inning, Dave Martinez made some great adjustments and he was able to force a game seven thanks to a great performance .