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Sports Three takeaways from Astros' Game 3 World Series win over Nationals

09:05  26 october  2019
09:05  26 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Nationals head home to D.C. up 2-0 in the World Series after their 11-2 win over the Astros in Game 2. But that was all the Astros were going to get from the 31-year-old. The former standout at San Diego State scattered four hits across the next five innings, striking out six and walking just one.

The Astros overcame a lowly 0-2 start to take Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

Houston beat Washington 4-1 on the road to get back into contention for its second championship in three seasons.

The Astros were led by José Altuve, who finished 2 of 5 at the plate with two runs scored. Meanwhile, Asdrúbal Cabrera and Adam Eaton led the Nationals' losing efforts as they both finished 2 of 4 on the night.

Josh James was awarded the win after 1/3 inning of work while Roberto Osuna got his second save. Aníbal Sánchez was stuck with the loss.

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Houston's victory broke Washington's eight-game winning streak in the postseason. The Astros spoiled the Nationals' chances at becoming the first team to win nine consecutive games in the playoffs.

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Three takeaways from Astros' Game 3 World Series win over Nationals

Oh, how the tables turned

It's the Fall Classic — anything can happen, even if that means a 180 on one of the most vital stat lines.

The Astros obviously entered the game struggling. They especially struggled with runners in scoring position. Houston was 3 for 17 with RISP through the first two games of the World Series. Maybe it was a change of scenery, maybe it was the 0-3 start they were staring at, but something clicked for the Astros on Friday. They were 4 for 10 with RISP at Nationals Park.

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In turn, the Nationals — who had been OK, pretty good, in fact, with RISP — were the ones left on the losing end of the battle. Washington was 7 of 21 with RISP in the first two games, but the table certainly turned and the Nationals came up empty. They were 0 for 10 on the night.

The Astros needed a big moment that came in a lot of smaller ones

Houston was trying to avoid the dreaded 0-3 deficit that just one team of the last 18 to be down as many games have bounced back from in the World Series. In order to come away with a win on the road, the Astros needed a big moment.

Their bats had been, well, mostly horrible leading up to Game 3. Altuve was batting .358 with five home runs in the postseason. He had three hits in Game 2. Michael Brantley has also been producing, somewhat, hitting .280 in the playoffs, however after this duo things get grim. The rest of the line — including Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Álvarez and George Springer — have all struggled to get hits.

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And the Yankees did win this game by seven runs, but in a one-run game , that mistake is inexcusable. Coming into Game 1 Tanaka had a 2.00 ERA (four runs in 18 innings) in three career playoff starts vs. the Astros . He had given up just two runs over his previous 13 innings against them.

While the Astros didn't have a breakout moment, they put together a good enough effort to outlast the streaking hot Nationals.

The layoff seems to have affected Aníbal Sánchez

Sánchez had his first appearance in two weeks after starting on the mound for the Nationals on Friday.

Washington was hopeful he would come out of the layoff quickly returning to form. In two starts this month, Sánchez gave up only one run on five hits with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 12 2/3 total innings.

The rested, possibly too rested pitcher, was up against Zack Greinke, who made two starts since Sánchez's last outing, this time around. It seemed like it would take a few innings for the Sánchez to get warmed up but things didn't get off to a great start. He allowed runs in the second and third and things went downhill from there.

Sánchez gave up four total runs off 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. Sánchez was replaced in favor of Fernando Rodney after the Astros took a 4-1 lead.

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