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Game 160 // Seventh Inning // Blowout in Houston

A tie game, Verlander on the mound.

And Kurt Suzuki gets the party started.

 

 

 

Another view of it:

 

 

 

Then Victor Robles comes up, and Verlander walks him.

Control going haywire out on the mound.

 

 

 

And AJ Hinch strides out of the dugout to come take him out of the game. The two best starters in the American League in Game 1 and Game 2 of this World Series, at home in Houston, and the absolute opposite of according to plan going on at Minute Maid Park.

“Get him out!” they’re chanting, as Ryan Pressly comes in from the bullpen.

 

 

 

Who, like Verlander, can’t exactly get him out.

 

Trea Turner walks.

Juan Soto walks.

Howie Kendrick hits an RBI single.

Asdrubal Cabrera drives in two more with another single.

Then a wild pitch. Runners advance.

 

 

 

And for the finishing touch—Ryan Zimmerman slaps a dribbler to third, Bregman throws it wide, and two more runs score.

A six-run inning. Nationals lead 8-2. 

 

Here’s the full video:

 

 

 

Hang this inning in the National Gallery of Art, they’re saying.

In a year of wild innings, maybe more than any other team, we might finally have the Nationals’ masterpiece—when that (inning quality) x (big stage) multiplier is applied.

 

Because it’s not so often you get to the World Series. Or beat Justin Verlander. Or score six runs in an inning. Or go up 2-0 over a 107-win team. Or do it on the road. 

Or head back to D.C. for three games in a row.

 

And have a chance to win a championship at home.

 

 

 

 

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