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The 2017 World Series will go down as one of the best “Fall Classics” in league history. Games 2 and 5 in particular will be embedded in the minds of baseball fans for the duration of the offseason.
While fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers may not particularly appreciate their memories of the team’s painful loss in seven games to the Houston Astros, the club still provided unforgettable moments, a fact Los Angeles fans will eventually grow to love and appreciate when the grief dissipates.
Let’s take a look back at some highlights that were amazing
Clayton Kershaw’s 11 strikeout game
Game 1 feels so long ago now but the legendary opening to the 2017 World Series will certainly go down as one of the best pitching performances in recent memory.
If there were any holdouts who believed Clayton Kershaw couldn’t hack it in the postseason, they were all silenced by the left-hander’s absolute gem. When all was said and done, Kershaw had struck out 11 Astros over seven innings while allowing one run on three hits. Remarkable.
Altuve and Correa hit back-to-back homeruns
The Astros’ bats didn’t seem to wake up until Game 2 and even then, it took until extra innings for the best lineup in baseball to really flex.
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the 10th inning. Of course, the Dodgers came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning before the Astros scored another pair of runs in the next frame to close it out in a wild finish.
After donning a golden sombrero in the first game against Kershaw, George Springer made a horrendous gaffe in the outfield in Game 5, which allowed Enrique Hernandez to score all the way from first base on what ended up being a Cody Bellinger triple.
On the very next pitch thrown by the Dodgers after the ill advised dive, Springer hit a key, game-tying home run in what ended up being an incredibly epic, 25-run contest.
Alex Berman’s walk-off
A few innings and a lot more runs after Springer’s homer, Alex Bregman hit the first walk-off of his career to seal the 13-12 victory that led to a 3-2 series lead.
Joc Pederson’s home run
One of the best moments of the entire World Series though was Joc Pederson’s game-tying home run in the late innings of the must-win Game 6.
Pederson went from being left off of the National League Division Series roster to hero of the Dodgers’ season, hitting a total of three home runs in the World Series.