World Series: 6-run inning lifts Washington Nationals to 2-0 series lead

Here we breakdown everything that happened in the Washington Nationals 12-3 Game 2 win over the Houston Astros in the World Series on Wednesday night.

In what started out as a fabulous pitching dual between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros in Game 2, broke open in the seventh inning.

After Stephen Strasburg battled through six innings to keep the game tied at two, the Washington Nationals offense caught fire with a six-run seventh inning to lift the Nationals to a Game 2 win and a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Both pitchers dealt with early inning struggles before settling in.

The Washington Nationals jumped all over Justin Verlander in the first when the first three batters reached, including a two-run double from Anthony Rendon to put the Nats on top 2-0.

Stephen Strasburg, who has struggled in the first a lot in his career, continued that trend in the bottom half giving up a one-out double to Jose Altuve. However, Altuve was cut down trying to steal third.

But then Michael Brantley singled and scored on a home run from Alex Bregman to tie up.

Both teams threatened in the third, but Juan Soto was stranded after a two-out double and the Astros couldn’t take advantage of an error by Trea Turner.

Strasburg ran into some trouble in the sixth after giving up a one-out double to Yuli Gurriel and then intentionally walking Yordan Alvarez.

He went to full counts on both Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker, but he got Correa to pop out on a broken-bat bloop and struck out Tucker to end the threat.

With the momentum shifting to the Nats dugout, Kurt Suzuki led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run to give the Washington Nationals a 3-2 lead.

Justin Verlander then walked Victor Robles and that would be the last batter he’d face in this game.

Ryan Pressly came on and got the first two batters out that he faced and then intentionally walked Juan Soto to load the bases.

And that’s when the floodgates were opened.

Howie Kendrick singled to third base on a ball that was just barely out of the reach of Alex Bregman, bouncing off his glove. That would have gotten the Astros out of the inning with just a one-run deficit if Bregman can field it cleanly.

But the inning continued and Asdrubal Cabrera opened the game up with a 2 RBI single up the middle to make it 6-2.

A wild pitch put runners at second and third and they’d score on an infield single to Bregman after he threw the ball away at first.

The Washington Nationals took an 8-2 lead and took all of the air out of the Houston Astros and their home crowd.

They score three more and the final score would be 12-3.

The Washington Nationals now go back home with a 2-0 series lead after taking down the top two candidates to win the AL Cy Young award.

Next: How Nats win the World Series

After an off day on Thursday, these two teams will clash in Washington in Game 3 of this 2019 World Series on Friday night.

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