The Houston Astros defeated the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Saturday night to even the World Series at two games apiece, and it was thanks in large part to a historic night from Alex Bregman.
Bregman went 3-for-5 on the evening, notching five RBI while scoring two runs. His grand slam in the top of the seventh inning essentially put the game out of reach, and the Astros have quickly erased a 2-0 deficit.
The 25-year-old Bregman, likely to win his first American League MVP award, also set an impressive feat yesterday. Per Sportsnet Stats, Bregman became the first third baseman to ever record five RBI in a one World Series game.
Bregman has quickly regained his elite form after recording just one hit through the first two games of the World Series. Bregman only had three hits in the six-game ALCS between the Astros and New York Yankees, but he's now back in business.
The pressure has now shifted entirely over to the Nationals, who will have to back to Houston regardless of what happens in Game 5. The Astros have regained their form as the team that won 107 games in the regular season.
If Washington's All-Star pitchers can't stop this offensive juggernaut, they'll likely watch Houston cruise to a second World Series championship. It's all on Max Scherzer and company to hold of the Astros' surging bats.
In the regular season, Bregman set career highs in home runs (41), RBI (112) walks (83), batting average (2.96) and OPS (1.015). The AL MVP is essentially between Bregman and Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Of course, the MVP doesn't matter to Bregman and the Astros as much as a second World Series championship.
Bregman Just Gets Better And Better
Bregman has only gotten better every year for the Astros, and you can argue that he's the team's best player now - even over Jose Altuve, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. Bregman is only 25 years of age, and he's making his case as the second-best player in all of baseball after Trout. It would be a cherry on top of another wonderful season for Bregman if the Astros could win another World Series.