HOUSTON (AP) – The Latest on the World Series (all times local):
Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg both have settled in nicely through four innings. They haven’t given up a lot since each gave up two runs in the first.
Aiming for his first World Series win, Verlander at least ensured his place on future blooper reels. Rushing to field Ryan Zimmerman’s tapper toward the third base side, he slipped – he tried to make a throw, but it hit his left leg and harmlessly bounced away, giving Zimmerman an infield single.
The veteran pros each smiled. Even in a tense matchup, it’s still a kid’s game.
Houston threatened in the third inning, putting runners at the corners. Shortstop Trea Turner bobbled and then bounced his throw to first for an error on José Altuve’s two-out grounder and Michael Brantley singled to right.
Alex Bregman grounded to shortstop on the next play for a forceout.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg gave up four hits in the first three innings, striking out four and walking none. He threw 58 pitches: 25 two-seam fastballs, eight four-seamers, 15 curveballs and 10 changeups.
Houston’s Justin Verlander was at 51 pitches through three innings throwing 24 fastballs, 18 sliders, eight curveballs and one changeup. He allowed four hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Washington’s Juan Soto, playing his last game as a 20-year-old, doubled with two outs in the third for the Nationals’ fourth hit. Soto was stranded when Howie Kendrick popped out, dropping the Nationals to 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Justin Verlander has become the first pitcher with 200 career strikeouts in the postseason.
The Houston Astros starter has four strikeouts through the first two innings against the Nationals, and the game is tied at 2-2.
After the first three Nationals in the game reached base, and two of them scored, Verlander struck out four of the next six.
John Smoltz, the big right-hander who was working the game on the Fox television broadcast, had been the postseason leader with 199 strikeouts.
Washington starter Stephen Strasburg has three strikeouts through the first two innings.
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers are both second-time winners of the Hank Aaron Awards that recognize the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.
Yelich took home the National League honor for the second year in a row. Trout also won the American League’s award in 2014.
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Source:: Daily Times