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Whicker: Astros’ late win gives this World Series some fire

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By Mark Whicker

LOS ANGELES — Smoke hung over Dodger Stadium and wafted into lungs that were already exhausted.

On the field, a World Series game was never more than half-contained.

The Dodgers had a 3-1 lead with Kenley Jansen on the mound, the 2017 version of checkmate. The Astros not only tied it off Jansen, they launched two 10th-inning home runs off Josh Fields and took a two-run lead, with Carlos Correa turning his bat into a helicopter as he saw it leave.

Flip the script. The Astros would be going home on a magic carpet. The Dodgers would be trying to gather themselves with their most unshakable truth exposed.

But this is postseason baseball and it doesn’t end when the music comes up. Yasiel Puig whaled a home run to left field to cut it to 5-4. Logan Forsythe coaxed a walk off Ken Giles, got to second on a wild pitch, and pinch-hitter Kiké Hernandez, who isn’t supposed to hit right-handers, drilled a game-tying single into center field as Dodger Stadium literally shook.

It took another home run, this one by Houston’s George Springer, to enforce quiet again. That happened in the 11th, with ex-Angel Cameron Maybin aboard.

By then, with a brush fire burning nearby, the Dodgers were looking for the Granite Mountain Hotshots in their bullpen and finding none.

The Series is 1-1 with the Astros’ 7-6 win, featuring a total of six home runs in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.

Jose Altuve had just gone deep off Josh Fields to open the 10th. Correa then followed with another homer and, when he was sure it was gone, he made his bat fly, a gesture that will be remembered in the Dodgers’ dugout and memorialized on every cable show from here to Channel 999.

The Dodgers played their most reliable card after they led, 3-1. They […]    

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