Alex Bregman hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning off Kenley Jansen that put an end to a slugfest and gave the Astros a 13-12 win in game five of the World series. Neither pitcher pitched into the fifth inning; Dallas Keuchel allowed five runs over 3.2 innings and Clayton Kershaw allowed six runs over 4.2 frames. The Dodgers are now facing elimination when the series returns to Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The game started off very hopeful with the Dodgers scoring three runs off of Keuchel in the first inning. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run double, then another runs scored on a throwing error by Yuli Gurriel. The Dodgers then got our hopes up even more when Austin Barnes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
The Astros then erased the Dodgers’ lead with a shocking four-run inning against Kershaw. Carlos Correa started the rally with an RBI double, then Gurriel hit a three-run homer that tied the game at four.
Both teams put up three runs in the fifth inning. Cody Bellinger hit a three-run shot in the top of the frame and just when it looked hopeful that the Dodgers would hold the lead, Kenta Maeda allowed a three-run shot to José Altuve.
The Dodgers showed a little bit of hope in the seventh inning that was quickly erased by the Astros. Bellinger hit an RBI triple right past a diving George Springer that gave the Dodgers an 8-7 lead. That was all they got in the seventh and the Astros were ready to explode again. Brandon Morrow entered the game in relief for the third straight game, a decision that Dave Roberts regretted instantly. Springer hit a long home run on the first pitch Morrow threw, tying the game at 8-8. Altuve then hit an RBI double that gave the Astros the lead. As if that weren’t enough, Correa then hit a two-run home run. Once the inning ended, the Astros had an 11-8 lead.
The Dodgers then inched closer in the eighth inning, just to have the Astros score another run. Corey Seager hit an RBI double that scored Joc Pederson and sent Chris Taylor to third. Then, Justin Turner lined out to Josh Reddick in right field and Dodgers’ third-base coach Chris Woodward yelled “go” to Taylor. Taylor heard “no” so he stayed put. He was then stranded on third base. The Astros got the run back quickly when Brian McCann hit a solo home run in the bottom of the frame. After the eighth ended, the score was 12-9, Houston.
The Dodgers showed that they still had some fight in them in the ninth inning. They were down by three runs, but they did what they love to do, score runs. Bellinger led off with a walk, then Forsythe struck out. Puig then hit a home run that just made it over the wall in left field for a two-run homer. Barnes then stretched what should have been a single into a double before advancing to third on a groundout by Pederson. Then with two strikes out two outs, Taylor lined a base hit into center field. Barnes scored and the Dodgers had tied the game at 12.
A disastrous tenth inning ended the game in a crushing way for Dodger fans. Jansen recorded the first two outs without any problems so I began to dream of an eleventh inning. However, the Astros dreams of a walk-off came true. Jansen hit McCann with a pitch, then he walked Springer, putting runners on first and second with two outs. The Astros brought in Derek Fisher to pinch-run for McCann. The brought Bregman to the plate. On the first pitch, he lined a base hit into left field. Andre Ethier‘s throw was not in time and the speedy Fisher scored the winning run. The final score was 13-12.
It’s do-or-die for the Dodgers in game six of the World Series. Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers and Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Astros in a re-match of game two. The Dodgers are looking for more innings from Hill and they need to keep the Astros’ offense quiet. The game starts at 5:00 on Tuesday and you can watch it on FOX.