The Astros came back in a big way tonight, coming back from a 3-1 defecit to tie it up in the top of the ninth, and then madness ensued. First, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back to back homers into left center to take the lead 5-3 in the 10th.
The Dodgers fought back hard, with Yasiel Puig hitting a homer, and Hernandez driving in another run in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game at 5-5. George Springer stepped up for the Astros in the 11th, hitting this 2-run shot to right center, winning the game for the Astros, and evening up the series at one game apiece, even after another late homer by Charlie Culberson of the Dodgers. That homer put the total for the game at 8 home runs, making it the most home runs in any World Series game.
— Redfish034 (@redfish034) October 26, 2017
The Astros bats were humming all game, shelling the Dodgers for 14 hits, but couldn’t seem to string them together to translate them into runs until late. Meanwhile, Verlander and company held the Dodgers to just 5 hits in the game, but most of those ended up leaving the yard, with two homers coming in extra innings for the Dodgers. With the series still up in the air, it will be interesting to see the pitching matchups later on if the series starts stretching into six or seven games. You may see Kershaw for example come into Game 4 so that he is available for Game 7 (if needed), or the Dodgers may trust the rotation that got them here. For the time being, Yu Darvish will be starting for the Dodgers in Game 3, while Lance McCullers Jr. will be on the mound for the Astros.
Now the series heads back to Houston, where the Astros won all four games against the Yankees just to make it to the World Series, and the home teams seem to be dominant throughout this World Series. In fact, home teams are 24-9 throughout this postseason, and with the Astros bats finally getting hot in Game 2, the Dodgers have a lot of work to do to steal at least one game in Houston.
Game 3 will be played in Houston on Fri. Oct. 27th at 8pm EST, 5pm PST.