The Dodgers Force a Game 7


Dodger Stadium will host a seventh game of a World Series for the first time, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros prepare to meet up for the final, series-winning game on November 1st.

While it looked as though the Astros were going to take the series in Game 6, the underdog Dodgers stormed back in the sixth inning, defeating the Astros and forcing a deciding Game 7. Throughout the first five innings, Justin Verlander of the Astros had dominated the action. After throwing a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, he looked on target to perhaps nail the best clinch performance in the history of the World Series. But, the tide turned when Chris Taylor hit a double off of him during a two-run rally late in the inning. That tied up the game. The Dodgers continued to rally and by the end of the seventh inning, they were ahead 3-1. They held that lead through the ninth inning, taking a victory and forcing tie-breaking seventh game.

Tonight's game will be the third World Series Game 7 in the last four years. Will the Dodgers enjoy a home team advantage? That's often been the case. In the past 28 years, the home team had won nine straight seventh games. However, Astros fans can still have reason for optimism, as the home team advantage isn't infallible. San Francisco broke that streak and defeated the Royals at Kansas City in 2014 and the Chicago Cubs broke their 108-year curse and captured their first title since 1908 at Cleveland in 2016.

It remains to be seen who will be victorious tonight. If history is any indication, then the clues are conflicting. In World Series history, ten out of the last 12 teams that won Game 6, and forced the series into a seventh game, went on to clinch the title. The Dodgers’ history is less promising, as they have won only one of their six championships at home, back in 1963.

With the best of seven series tied 3-3, it is sure to be an exciting night for baseball fans and Angelenos alike when the action starts at 5pm PST.