One Game at a Time

Houston gets a much-needed victory over the Nationals in Game 3 of the 2019 World Series.

Brian Barefield | 10/30/2019, 5:39 p.m.
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The Nationals would respond in the bottom of the fourth inning as the longest tenured Nationals player, Ryan Zimmerman drew a leadoff walk from Greinke. Victor Robles hit a scorcher past Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman to drive in the only run on the night for the Nationals and cut the lead to one run.

In Games 1 & 2, the Astros allowed huge innings to be the cause of their demise. Add that to the aforementioned statement of lack of run production by Houston and it is a natural recipe for disaster. But not tonight. Houston caused some damage of their own by going 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

They bounced right back in the top of the fifth inning with another Altuve double and Brantley RBI single to gain back the run they had lost in the fourth inning and catcher Robinson Chirinos homered off the left foul pole to put the Astros up by three runs (4-1) and that would be it for Washington starter Anibal Sanchez. The right hander allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

“I feel like in the postseason, we’re trying too much,” said Chirinos. “Trying to be a hero. That’s something we talked about on the plane also last night. We’re like, ‘Let’s have a good approach, good at-bats as a team and don’t try to do too much. Just keep the line moving. Don’t swing for a fence.”

One thing that stood out tonight for Houston was the bullpen rotation of Josh James, Will Harris, Joe Smith, and Roberto Osuna. They came in and shut the Nationals bats down in the later innings by not giving up an earned run, striking out seven batters, and only allowing two hits. Will Harris retired five straight batters for the Astros which was huge in tonight’s victory.

"We believe in each other in there," said middle reliever Will Harris speaking about Houston’s clubhouse.

The Astros will play Game 4 tonight as they seek to become the 14th team to come back from a 0-2 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

“We're not afraid of playing in any venue,” AJ Hinch told reporters. The fans here were incredible and just alive, like you would expect in the World Series. And our players thrive on that, too.”