Their stunning World Series victory means the Nationals are now the second D.C. sports franchise to win a title on Trump's watch.
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Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin allowed just two hits in three innings of work, while reliever Daniel Hudson tossed a flawless ninth inning as the Astros failed in their quest to turn their 107-win regular season into a reclamation of the World Series crown they won in 2017. Houston still had the lead and was the team to beat, but Hinch bypassed Cole and instead went with Will Harris, who had notably given up a homer in Game 6.
During one of the game's commercial breaks, a pro-Trump campaign ad played and, as they had when Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended Game 5 in the capital three days earlier, some Nationals fans booed the president and chanted "lock him up" - a twist on a common chant during his rallies, usually referring to Hillary Clinton.
In the National League, they won the wild-card game over Milwaukee Brewers on a fluky late-inning hit and error.
The most valuable player of the World Series was Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. "I think this team will bounce back from this and come ready to play next year".
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His defensive presence on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (scoreless in 27 minutes) and LeBron James (shot 36.8% FG) was noteworthy. Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell delivered 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Clippers .
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Zack Greinke will start for the Astros , who led the majors with 107 wins and are seeking their second title in three seasons. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs over 8 1/3 innings while striking out seven.
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In the ninth, Washington was hunting for insurance runs.
"Down here in Houston, they're a lot cheaper than watching the game up in DC", Powell said. "I'm not employed." Dias said, "We would like for you to do it, but it's your call". Including his 374-shot into the Crawford Boxes in left, Rendon was 6-for-6 with a walk, three doubles and three home runs in the seventh inning or later of elimination games.
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"To me, that was the key", Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. I told them, I want you guys to just treat this as just another game - you know, one more 1-0 - and they did that tonight. We got impeachment. We got all this political stuff, right?
Verlander, who threw his third no-hitter this season, won 20 games for the second time in his career and first since winning a career-high 24 in 2011 with Detroit when he won the Cy Young and MVP. The Washington ace was pitching after being scratched from Game 6 due to an irritated nerve near his neck for which he needed a cortisone injection. I'm not going to say that this team was destined to win or that magic was at work. Greinke had pitched masterfully, facing the minimum through four innings before completing five scoreless frames with just 59 pitches on his ledger.
Daniel Hudson pitched a ideal ninth to earn the save.