2017 World Series Game 7

After 6 incredible games the World Series came down to an anti-climatic finish.  The Houston Astros took control from the first pitch.    In the top of 1st inning, George Springer got a double and when Alex Bregman hit a ground ball to third, Springer would scored on a Cody Bellinger throwing error.   After a Bregman stole base, Jose Altuve would hit a ground ball to second that would score Bregman to give Houston a 2-0 lead.  Then in the top of the 2nd inning, Brian McCann would walk and go third when Marwin Gonzalez got a double.   Starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr, would hit a ground ball to second scoring McCann.  Springer would hit a two-run home run to give Houston 5 to 0 lead.  The Dodgers would get a run in the bottom of the 6th inning on a Andre Ethier pitch hit single that would score Joc Pederson to make it 5 to 1.  Charlie Morton would pitch 4 scoreless innings to get the win.  George Springer would be named World Series MVP with a .379 average and 5 home runs.   Those 5 home runs would tie with Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley for the most in a single World Series.   The 5 to 1 game seven victory would give the Houston, their first World Series title in their 56-year history.

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2017 World Series Game 6

Game 6 was a pitchers duel between the Astros Justin Verlander and the Dodgers Rich Hill.   That would last until the top of the 3rd inning when George Springer hit a home run to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.  Verlander was outstanding but, the Dodgers would take the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning.   Austin Barnes would get a single and Chase Utley would get hit by a pitch.    Chris Taylor would get a double to tie the game at 1.   Corey Seager would get a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a 2 to 1 lead.   In the bottom of the 7th inning, Joc Pederson would hit a home run to give the Dodgers a 3 to 1 lead. Kensley Jansen would get a two inning save as the Dodgers won 3 to 1.   the series is tied at 3 games apiece.   Tomorrow night will be the first game seven in the history of Dodger Stadium.   It comes down to game seven when Yu Darvish pitches for the Dodgers while Lance McCullers Jr pitches for the Astros.  First pitch from Dodger Stadium is set for 8:00 P.M.

Global Pastime

Baseball has been called America’s Pastime and in past 50 years some of its stars have been from Latin America and Asia.   The Houston Astros first baseman Yuil Gurriel behavior toward Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during game four of the World Series was disappointing. Gurriel will be suspended for the first 5 games of the 2018 season.   He whould have been disciplined during the series because of his behavior has no place in the game.  Darvish’s statement after the incident was pure class and called for fans to learn from this incident.  Baseball can use this incident to call for players and fans to embrace tolerance and inclusion and say no to racism.

2017 World Series Game 5

Game five was not a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Dallas Kuechel of the Astros.  It was a slugfest that started well for the Dodgers in the top of the 1st inning.   Chris Taylor got a single and after one out Justin Turner and  Kiki Hernandez walked.   After a Corey Seager strikeout, Logan Forsythe got a two run single scoring Taylor and Turner.  A Yuil Gurriel throwing error on stolen base attempt scoring Hernandez to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.   They added a run in the top of the 4th inning  Forsythe got a double and scored on Austin Barnes single to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.   The Astros tied the game in the bottom of the 4th, George Springer walked and an Altuve single and score on a Carlos Correa double to cut the deficit to 4 to 1.  Then Gurriel would make up for the error with a three-run home run to tie the game at 4.   The Dodgers would retake the lead at 7-4, in the top of the 5th inning on 3 run home run by Cody Bellinger.  Then in the bottom of the 5th inning, Jose Altuve would tie the game with a three-run home run.  Then in the top of the 7th inning, a Bellinger triple would score Hernandez to give the Dodgers a 8 -7 lead.   Then in the bottom of the 7th inning, Springer would tie the game at 8 with a home run.  Then after a Springer single, Altuve got a double to give the Astros a 9-8 lead.  After a wild pitch, Correa hit a three-run home run to give them a 11 to 8 lead.  In the top of the 8th inning, after a Joc Pederson double and Turner got hit by pitch.  Bellinger hit a double to cut the Astros lead to 11 to 9.  In the bottom of the 8th, Brian McCann hit a home run to increase the Astros lead to 12-9 going into the 9th inning.   Then the Dodgers would rally on a Bellinger walk, and after one out Yasiel Puig would hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 12 to 11.  Barnes would get a double and with two outs Taylor would tie the game at 12 with a single scoring Barnes.  The game went in to extra innings.  In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Astros got a McCann hit by pitch and Springer got walked.   Alex Bregman would get a base hit scoring pinch runner Derek Fisher to give the Astros a 13 to 12 win, and 3 games to 2 series lead.   This game was 5 hours and 17 minutes and one of longest games in series history.  Justin Verlander could pitch the Astros to their first World Series title, while the Dodgers Rich Hill tries to force a game seven.  Game 6 will be on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium with first pitch at 8:00 P.M.

2017 Steelers Week 8 Vs Lions

It was not a thing a beauty but when they need plays the Steelers got them on both sides of the ball.   The defense gave up 412 passing yards to Matthew Stafford, but stopped the Lions twice on 4th down.  They held down the Lions running game and didn’t allow a  touchdown.  Ben Roethlisberger had a good night throwing for 317 yards and 97 yard touchdown pass to Juju Smith-Schuster.   Smith-Schuster had 7 receptions for 193 yards as well as the touchdown.   Le’veon Bell ran the ball well for 75 yards and at touchdown.  The Steelers won 20 to 15 and going into the bye week with a 6 and 2 record.   However, they need to work on getting more touchdowns in the red zone.    The defense has to make more big plays to stop great offenses like New England.   After the bye week, the Steelers return to action on November 12th against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium with kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

2017 World Series Game 4

It was a pitching duel in game four between the Astros Charlie Morton and the Dodgers Alex Wood.  It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the sixth inning when George Springer hit a home run.   Then in the top of the seventh inning, the Dodgers would tie the game.  Logan Forsythe would get a base hit and score on a Cody Bellinger double.  Then the Dodgers would get a big inning off of Astros closer Ken Giles in the 9th.  Corey Seager would get a single, a Justin Turner walk, and Bellinger would get his second double would score Seager to give the Dodgers a 2 to 1 lead.   After Yasiel Puig would strike out, an intentional walk to Forsythe,  Austin Barnes would hit a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a 3 to 1 lead.    Joc Pederson would break the game open with a 3 run home run to give them a 6 to 1 lead.    Alex Bergman would hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th, but the Dodgers would win the game 6 to 2.   That Dodgers win broke the Astros home winning streak in the playoffs at 7.    The series is tied at 2 game apiece and they will be a rematch of the pitchers of game one.   Dallas Keuchel will go for the Astros against Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers.   First pitch at Minute Maid Park tomorrow night will be at 8:00 P.M.

2017 NFL Week 9

Here are my NFL Week 9.    Chicago, Cleveland, LA Chargers, Minnesota, New England, and Pittsburgh have byes.

Buffalo beat NY Jets

Atlanta beat Carolina

Jacksonville beat Cincinnati

New Orleans beat Tampa Bay

LA Rams beat NY Giants

Philadelphia beat Denver

Tennessee beat Baltimore

Arizona beat San Francisco

Seattle beat Washington

Kansas City beat Dallas

Oakland beat Miami

Green Bay beat Detroit

2017 World Series Game 3

It took one big inning for the Houston Astros to take control of game three.  It started in the bottom of the second inning when Yuil Gurriel hit a home run.   Then Josh Reddick got a double, and Evan Gattis walked.  Marwin Gonzalez singled scoring Reddick.   Brian McCann singled scoring Gattis and a Alex Bergman sacrifice fly scoring Gonzalez.   The Astros got 4 runs in the 2nd inning.   The Dodgers got a run in the top of the 3rd inning. After 3 walks, Corey Seager hit into a double play scoring Joc Pederson.  The Astros got a run in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Reddick and Gattis both got singles  On the Gattis single, Dodger relief pitcher Tony Watson made an error scoring Reddick.   The Dodgers got two runs in the top of the 6th inning.   Seager had a walk and Josh Turner had a double.   Then Yasiel Puig hit a ground out scoring Seager.  When Chase Utley was pinch hittering for Logan Forsthye a wild pitch scored Turner.   Astros starter Lance McCullers pitched 5.1 innings giving up three runs for the win   Brad Peacock pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief for the save.  It added up for a Houston 5 to 3 win and a 2 games to 1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Saturday night and Charlie Morton goes for the Astros while Alex Wood goes for the Dodgers.  First pitch from Minute Maid Park is set for 8:00 P.M.

2017 World Series Game 2

It started out as a pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Rich Hill.   Then the Astros broke through when Alex Bregman got a base hit in the 3rd inning scoring Josh Reddick.   Then in the bottom in the 5th inning Joc Pederson tied the game at 1 with a home run.  In the bottom of the 6th,  Corey Seager gave the Dodgers the lead on a 2-run home run.    The Astros close the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the 8th on a Carlos Correa  single scoring  Bregman.     Kensley Jansen was trying to get a 6 out save in the bottom of the 9th inning gave up a game tying home run to Marwin Gonzalez.    The game was tied at 3 going into the top of the 10 inning when Jose Altuve and Correa hit back to back home runs to give the Astros a 5-3 lead.   In the bottom of the 10th, Yasiel Puig hit a home run to cut the deficit to 5 to 4.    After a wild pitch, Kiki Hernandez got a base hit scoring Logan Forsythe to tied the game at 5.  Then in the top of the 11th, Cameron Maybin got a base hit and stole second.   George Springer hit a 2-run home run to give the Astros a 7-5 lead.   Then in the bottom of 11th, Charlie Culberson hit a home run to cut the Houston lead to 7-6.  Then Puig struck out to giving Houston a 7-6 win and the series is tied at one game apiece.   Now the series goes to Houston’s Minute Maid Park for game three with Yu Darvish starting for the Dodgers and Lance McCullers Jr starting for the Astros.  First Pitch is Friday night at 8:20 P.M.

Malcolm’s Big Play

The Philadelphia Eagles won over the Washington Redskins 34 to 24 on Monday Night Football.  Instead of enjoying a day off, Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and  Torrey Smith went to Harrisburg to talk to state legislatures about criminal justice reform.  The Clean Slate Act has received bipartisan support in the state of Pennsylvania.    The Clean Slate Act is about sealing records for non-violent misdemeanor after 10 years.     Also ending the money bail system and investing in community bail funds plus legislation ending the money bail system.   Opportunities should be open to get education, jobs, loans, housing, and voting. What Malcolm Jenkins doing is important because he and his teammates are talking about solutions.  The NFL protests don’t mean anything unless there is some action and discussion about social issues.