The Houston Astros are World Series champions for the first time in their more than 50 years of franchise history. They defeated the Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles. And while the game may not have been the dogfight of previous meetings in the series, there was plenty for Houston fans to celebrate.
Houston scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the second to lead 5-0 and cruised from there. Then, George Springer's two-run homer capped the second-inning outburst.
Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one run over the final four innings to get credit for the win. Yu [[Yoo]] Darvish failed to get out of the second inning for the second time in the series and took the loss. And yes, the Dodgers did at least get on the board – Andre Ethier [[EE-thee-er]] singled in the team’s only run in the sixth inning. The Dodgers were denied their first World Series title since 1988.
The excitement continued after the win as 23-year-old Astros shortstop Carlos Correa [[core-AYE-ah]] is now a World Series champion and a husband-to-be. Correa proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, on the field just moments after the Astros beat the Dodgers. The 2016 Miss Texas USA said yes. He finished 7-for-25 during the World Series with two home runs and five RBI.
But Correa wasn’t the only big winner last night. Astros outfielder George Springer is the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player. Over these seven games, 28-year-old Springer was 11-of-29 for a .379 batting average and pounded five home runs and seven RBI. On top of that, Springer made some history of his own – joining Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley as the only player to hit five home runs in a single World Series. “Hard Hittin New Britain” also set the World Series record for most extra base hits with seven and total bases with 29. The homered in each of the final four games of the series.