The Washington Nationals fought off elimination and routed the Houston Astros by a final score of 7-2, thus forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 tonight.
Remarkably, this was the sixth straight game in which the road team emerged victorious. And according to Dan Cancian of Newsweek, this marked the first time where the road team won the first six games of an NHL, MLB or NBA best-of-seven series.
There had been some close falls before. For example, the 1996 World Series featured the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The away team won five games in a row, before the Pinstripes finally clinched the series at Yankee Stadium in Game 6.
Washington was able to survive thanks to an absolute gem of a performance from Stephen Strasburg, who pitched 8.1 innings - allowing just five hits, two earned runs while racking up seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Astros All-Star Justin Verlander left after just five innings - allowing five hits and three earned runs while walking three batters.
Nationals slugger Anthony Rendon carried the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with one home run and five RBI. Trea Turner chipped in with a pair of hits himself, scoring two runs in the contest. Adam Eaton also came across to score twice.
The Nationals handed Stephen Strasburg their season. He delivered a legendary performance. https://t.co/R7HSNiraq5— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 30, 2019
For Game 7, the Nationals will turn to future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer - who had to miss Game 5 due to back and neck spasms. He'll go up against Zack Greinke, whom the Astros acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade deadline blockbuster.
The Astros are aiming for their second World Series in the past three years, while the Nationals are looking to win it all for the very first time. Will they prevail over one year after Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals delivered a Stanley Cup to D.C.?
History Is On Washington's Side
Since the 2019 Fall Classic has been dominated by away teams, it's worth mentioning that the last five World Series Champions have clinched it on the road. If the Astros win, they'll be the first home team to win it on their own turf since the 2013 Boston Red Sox. We'll just have to wait and see how everything plays out, but it promises to be an unforgettable night in Houston.