Strasburg, Rendon Help Nats Force Game 7

Astros Fall, 7-2

Jeremy Branham
October 29, 2019 - 10:45 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Stephen Strasburg’s 8.1 innings of 2-run baseball, and a 5-RBI night from Anthony Rendon lift the Nationals past the Astros, 7-2 to force a Game 7 on Wednesday.

For the fourth time in six postseason starts, Justin Verlander gave up a run in the 1st-inning.  Trea Turner hit a weak groundball to third that replay would later show Turner beat out, after an Adam Eaton sacrifice bunt, Rendon would ground a single through the right side of the infield to score Turner.

The Astros would counter quickly in the bottom of the inning.  George Springer hammered Stephen Strasburg’s first pitch of the game off the wall in left, moved to third on a wild pitch and then would score on a Jose Altuve sacrifice fly to left field.  Two batters later, Alex Bregman hit his second home run off of Strasburg in the World Series to put the Astros in front. 

Eaton tied the game with 1-out in the 5th-inning when he tucked a Verlander slider inside the right field foul pole.  Then two batters later, Juan Soto hit a towering home run to deep right field on a 96 mph fastball that he turned on.

Strasburg would escape trouble in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the lead.  Josh Reddick blooped a 1-out single over the shift into right field, Springer then doubled to left, but with runners at 2nd and 3rd, Strasburg punched out Altuve and then Turner picked a hard hit, one hopper off the bat of Brantley to retire the side.

In a controversial 7th-inning, the Nationals would get some insurance.  Yan Gomes led off the inning with a single to right.  Turner then hit a dribbler just in front of the plate, Brad Peacock gloved it and rushed a throw to first, the ball wasn’t caught cleanly and rolled down the right field line.  Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Turner was not in the runner’s lane and interfered with the throw.  Turner was called out and Gomes had to return to first.  After Will Harris got Eaton to pop up to Bregman, Rendon delivered a 2-run homer into the Crawford Boxes.

Rendon would add two more RBI’s in the 9th-inning when he hit an opposite field double off of Chris Devenski that scored Turner and Eaton.

Strasburg earned the win as he went 8.1 innings allowing 2-runs on 5-hits while striking out seven.  Verlander notched the loss, as he gave up 3-runs on 5-hits over 5-innings of work.

Game 7 will be played Wednesday at Minute Maid Park with Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer the scheduled starters.