About that seventh inning…
There is so much to unravel in this seventh inning.
But once again, it was Kurt Suzuki who got things started as he led off the inning with a monster home run to give the Nats a 3-2 lead.
Suzuki also got the fifth inning rally started in Game 1 with a leadoff walk.
After the home run, Verlander walked Victor Robles and was taken out of the game at 107 pitches.
And you really can’t blame Astros reliever Ryan Pressly. He quickly got two outs and it looked like he was going to escape this jam and keep it a one-run game.
But after an intentional walk to load the bases, things got out of hand … quickly.
In what is by far the biggest play of the game, in my opinion, Bregman was unable to come up with a groundball between third and short.
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It would have been a difficult play, but it’s one that Bregman probably makes 9-out-of-10 times.
Instead, the ball kicks out of his glove and the Nats take a 4-2 lead.
And then the wheels fell off for the Astros as Cabrera drove in two to make it 6-2, and then Bregman allowed another run to score on a throwing error.
The Nationals scored 6 runs in that seventh inning and put Game 2 on ice.
It’s an old cliche, but this is sometimes a game of inches. And if that ball that Howie Kendrick hits to Bregman is even half an inch closer to the third baseman, there is no telling how the rest of this game plays out.
As it is, the Washington Nationals did all of the little things right in this game, while the Astros didn’t.
And that’s the biggest reason why the Washington Nationals are going back home with a 2-0 lead in the World Series.