Astros on the verge of World Series title after Game 5 victory

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The stunt appeared to have no effect on Cole, who briefly paused, or the Astros, who went on beat the Washington Nationals, 7-1, and take a commanding 3-2 lead in the best of seven series.

A tight 1-0 win in Game 5 was enough to give them a 3-2 lead as the series shifted back to NY, where they clinched a 34th title after winning 3-2. Even less showed in Game 5.

In light of Max Scherzer being scratched from his Game 5 start with trapezius and neck spasms, how does Strasburg feel health-wise coming into such a big start so late in the season? Right-hander Joe Ross started instead, giving up home runs to Alvarez and Correa in the first four innings. As Cole prepared to throw his 104th pitch of the night, it was apparently time for two invaders wearing yellow shirts to get their five seconds of fame.

Scherzer was replaced by Joe Ross, who gave up two-run home runs to Yordan Alvarez in the second and Carlos Correa in the fourth.

"Maybe he doesn't have the Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole name, but he's got good stuff", Washington's Trea Turner said.

Ross knew it wasn't a regular season game atmosphere.

With the win, Cole improves to 4-1 this postseason with a 1.47 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 11 walks.

"Again, pitching at this point in the season, it's a tremendous honor, and I'm going to go out there and compete and give it everything I have", he said. Stephen Strasburg will oppose Justin Verlander in Game 6.

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Neither team has won a home game in the series, the first time the visiting team won the first five games of the World Series since the 1996 matchup between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees (who went on to clinch at home in Game 6). When you're getting calls like this in the World Series, it's time to re-evaluate things.

Attending the game with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were a group of vets, along with Lindsey Graham, Liz Cheney, Mark Meadows, and Matt Gaetz among others. To calm his nerves he said he had coffee with his mother, Alma, on Saturday morning.

On Friday, it was announced that President Donald Trump would not be participating in any ceremonial activities during the World Series "in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible", per Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

FiveThirtyEight projections illustrated a similar pattern, with the Astros' chances of winning the World Series going from 60 percent to 19 percent, while Washington's soared from 40 percent to 81 percent. In the ninth, George Springer hit a two-run home run to complete the spoiling of the Series' return to Washington after 86 years.

The Nationals brought Tanner Rainey in to pitch during the seventh inning, but after two walks and one out he was replaced by Fernando Rodney. Anthony Rendon's infield out plated the Nationals' first run, but Houston escaped further damage when Will Kendrick struck out Howie Kendrick to end the inning.

As it was, Urquidy was the rudder in what evolved into an 8-1 Game 4 rout that enabled the Astros to tie the World Series at two games apiece.

"But I also said, 'You need to get more than four hits and one run to win any of these damn games"'.

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