The World Series rages on between the AL and NL champs live from the nation’s capital. It’s Game 5 of the Fall Classic when the Houston Astros make the trip to face the Washington Nationals Sunday night. Washington claimed the opening two games of the season, prevailing 5-4 in the opener Tuesday night and following that up with a 12-3 victory in Game 2 Wednesday night. Houston bounced back with a critical 4-1 victory on Friday night in Game 3 on the road to get back in the series. The pitching matchup for Game 4 of the series on Saturday night saw Jose Urquidy get the call for Houston: Patrick Corbin was slated to take the mound for the Nationals. First pitch in the contest from Nationals Park was scheduled for 8:08 pm ET.
Houston Astros Try to Push Series Back HomeHouston, after struggling with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the World Series, got the timely hits they needed to get back in the series. The Astros now look to pick up the victory here to ensure a return home for a Game 6, regardless of what happens Saturday night. Houston got two hits each from George Springer (two steals), Jose Altuve (two runs), Michael Brantley (two RBI) and Robinson Chirinos (run, RBI) in the win. Chirinos hit his second homer of the year: the Astros were four of 10 with runners in scoring position after going a combined three of 17 in the first two games. Zack Greinke didn’t factor in the decision after allowing one run on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Josh James (2-0) earned the win by getting the final out of the fifth while Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his second save of the postseason.
Gerrit Cole gets the call for his fifth postseason start after logging 33 regular season starts for the Astros. He posted a 20-5 record with a 2.50 ERA, a 0.895 WHIP, 48 walks and 326 strikeouts over 212.2 innings of work this season. In the postseason, he is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA, a 0.910 WHIP, nine walks and 38 strikeouts over 29.2 innings of work. Cole finished the regular season unbeaten in his last 22 starts and finally saw that streak snapped in the postseason by taking the loss in his last start, which came at home in Game 1 of the World Series against the Nationals Tuesday. He threw seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in a 5-4 Houston defeat. Cole is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, eight walks and 23 strikeouts over 22 innings in his last three starts. He is 3-3 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.136 WHIP, 10 walks and 40 strikeouts over 44 innings in seven career starts against the Nationals. Cole is 1-2 with a 4.41 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, four walks and 16 strikeouts over 16.1 innings in three career starts at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals Look to Earn Home WinWashington felt good after taking the first two games on the road in Houston before heading home. Once they got there, the Nationals fell victim to the same trend as the home team dropped to 0-3 in the World Series. Washington got two hits each from Adam Eaton and Asdrubal Cabrera in the loss while Victor Robles tripled home the team’s lone run. Anibal Sanchez (1-1) took the loss on the mound as he gave up four runs on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work. In a critical moment, he struck out bunting foul with the tying run on third in the fourth inning. Washington also lost catcher Kurt Suzuki with a hip flexor: if he can’t play, Yan Gomes will take over. It could be something to monitor.
Max Scherzer takes the ball for his sixth postseason appearance and fifth start after logging 27 regular season starts for the Nationals this season. He was 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA, a 1.027 WHIP, 33 walks and 243 strikeouts over 172.1 innings of work in the regular season. In the postseason, he is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 11 walks and 34 strikeouts over 25 innings of work. Scherzer earned the win in his last start, which came Tuesday on the road in Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros. He threw five frames, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a 5-4 Washington victory. Scherzer is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, eight walks and 25 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA, a 0.974 WHIP, 14 walks and 66 strikeouts over 50.1 innings in eight career appearances, seven starts, against the Astros. Scherzer is 33-22 with a 2.96 ERA, a 0.961 WHIP, 121 walks and 706 strikeouts over 535.2 innings in 80 career starts at Nationals Park.
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- Astros are 22-5 in their last 27 Sunday games
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600