In Game 3 of the World Series last night, the 2004 Red Sox’s, “we like playing on the road, we love playing at home” mentality rang true for the Houston Astros, who picked up their first World Series game win on home turf. It was their seventh straight postseason win at Minute Maid Park. The only other team to have won the first seven home games of a postseason stretch are the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, who went on to win the World Series.
The game started with Houston’s Hurricane Harvey hero J.J. Watt throwing out the first pitch. It was bittersweet, to say the least; Watt raised over $37 million for hurricane relief, only to break his leg in Week 5 of the NFL season.
Unlike the spectacular spectacle that was Game 2, which went into extra innings due to both teams repeatedly out-hitting each other, the Astros scored early and often on Friday night. Game 2 hero George Springer lined a leadoff double in the first to get things started.
In the 2nd, Yuli Gurriel hit a solo home run, setting off a chain reaction that gave the Astros a 4-run inning. Gurriel is the 13th hitter to homer in this series so far. Josh Reddick doubled, DH Evan Gattis walked, and Marwin Gonzalez had an RBI single. Brian McCann came up with another RBI single, and Alex Bregman’s sac fly made it 4-0. When Jose Altuve doubled, Dave Roberts pulled his starter Darvish before any further damage could be done.
Reddick later scored on a wild throw by Dodgers reliever Watson for a two-out run in the 5th. The Astros went on to win 5-3 for a series lead.
Yu Darvish was on the mound for the Dodgers, facing off against Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. It was Darvish’s shortest start of his career, throwing 49 pitches and lasting just 1 2/3 innings to McCullers’ 6.Houston’s Brad Peacock followed with 3 2/3 hitless innings, getting 4 K’s and allowing just one walk to post his first save in 11 years in the Majors.
The Astros are now 7-0 at home, and looking to capitalize on this momentum in Games 4 and 5. They’ve outscored the Sox, Yankees, and now Dodgers, 36-10 this postseason.
With a series lead, Houston is halfway to winning their first-ever World Series championship that would mean a great deal to their city and fans. More than 30,000 homes are still underwater after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston just two months ago, and at least 25 Astros employees lost their homes and/or vehicles during the storm. You can donate to various hurricane relief efforts here. While thousands of Houston residents rebuild their lives, it’s amazing to see a city rallying together around their team. The Astros have won 19 of their 21 home games since Hurricane Harvey, including their perfect 7-0 postseason home record. 2013 vibes, anyone?
The Astros now have a 2-1 series lead, and will play Games 4 and 5 in Houston, giving them the chance to win the Fall Classic at home. Houston’s Charlie Morton will face off against Los Angeles lefty Alex Wood.