The Washington Nationals won the first World Series in franchise history on Wednesday night after orchestrating a comeback win to beat the Houston Astros in Game 7.
After trailing 2-0 heading into the seventh inning, Washington’s bats woke up and came through in the clutch to deliver the city its first baseball championship since 1923.
Anthony Rendon hit a solo home run off of Astros starter Zack Greinke to cut Houston’s lead to 2-1 in the top of the seventh.
After Greinke exited with a runner on base, reliever Will Harris gave up a two-run home run to Nats DH Howie Kendrick that gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
They added one more run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to secure a win that the city of Washington won’t soon forget.
After starter Max Scherzer departed after five shaky innings, Patrick Corbin threw three innings of scoreless relief before Daniel Hudson entered to close out the game and send the Nationals into pandemonium.
After the conclusion of the game, starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named series MVP after winning his two starts, throwing 14.1 innings and allowing only 4 runs while striking out 14 batters.
The Nationals were never expected to go this far after making the playoffs as a Wild Card team, but they peaked at just the right time to bring the Commissioner’s Trophy home.