Dodgers Take Game 1 of the World Series

Quinn Padovani, Layout Artist

As the sun set on Southern California, the lasting impression for this October night was the Dodgers taking a 1-0 lead on the Houston Astros in game 1 of the MLB World Series, with a final score of 3-1. The narrative was there, 3 time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw facing off against former AL Cy young winner Dallas Keuchel. It wasn’t a matter of if either of these two amazing pitchers would start to dominate, it was when, and on this night it was more so in favor of Clayton Kershaw. After Kershaw through a perfect 1, 2, 3 inning in the first, the Dodgers Chris Taylor preceded to break the scoreless tie very early with a leadoff home run on the very first pitch the Dodgers would see in the game, giving them a quick 1-0 lead on Keuchel and the Astros. With the lead in hand, Kershaw continued to throw gas up until the 4th inning where he left a fastball middle of the plate, and Alex Bregman, the Astros third baseman, did not miss it. He homered to left field to tie up the game at 1-1. After the homer, Kershaw settled in. He would not allow another run the rest of the game. This would be crucial to the overall success to the Dodgers because in the 6th inning Justin Turner hit a 2 run bomb to make the score 3-1 and put the Astros away for good. The Dodger bullpen would close the game strong with Kenley Jansen getting the save. This win was highlighted by the Dodger’s amazing pitching as well as immense power while at the plate, a tandem which at times seems unbeatable. This was a fun game to watch and hopefully we get more entertaining games throughout the remainder of this 2017 world series.

Game 2 will be today at 8:09 p.m. with Rich Hill starting for the Dodgers, and Justin Verlander taking the mound for the Astros. The Dodgers have the opportunity to take a commanding 2-0 lead, while the Astros have a chance to steal home field advantage away from the Dodgers going to back to Houston.