Washington Nationals win first franchise World Series

Stephen Strasburg is Stephen Strasburg is the first National to win the NL MVP after pitching a gem in Game 6

Stephen Strasburg is Stephen Strasburg is the first National to win the NL MVP after pitching a gem in Game 6

Tyler Foti, Staff Writer

The Washington Nationals had a comeback 2019 season and that showed on Wednesday night’s World Series game against the Houston Astros.

The Nationals have improved offensively and defensively throughout the playoffs, which came into play late in the game for the Nationals.

During the series, neither team won a single game at home. This is first time throughout any major sport championship series this has occurred. 

The game was in the Astros favor for most of the game, as they came out of the gates swinging. In the bottom of the first, the Astros first baseman, Yuli Gurriel, hit a solo shot making the game 1-0.

 After being down for five innings, the Nationals would finally score 3 runs in the top of the seventh off a solo homerun from Anthony Rendon, and a 2-run homerun from Howie Kendrick. 

In the top of the eighth inning, the Nationals got on the scoreboard again with Juan Soto hitting a single to right field, bringing in Adam Eaton who was on second.

         The Nationals found a way to score in the top of the ninth inning as well. The bases were loaded with Trea Turner on first, Victor Robles on second, and Yan Gomes on third. Adam Eaton stepped up to the plate and on the second pitch of the at bat he hit a single to center scoring Gomes on third, and Robles on second after the Astros center fielder, Jake Marisick, made an error. 

         “The win is super exciting for the team and organization, but also for the city. At the beginning of the year I thought it was going to be another losing season,” freshman Santana Florero said. “But then suddenly it seemed liked something clicked with the team and they started to win games,” 

The 2019 MVP was Steven Strasburg, after securing 2 wins in the series. In game 2, he pitched 6 innings and gave up only 2 runs in the Nationals, 12-3 win. His second appearance was in game 6 and was particularly special. Pitching for 8.1 innings and only gave up 2 runs, leading the Nationals to their third win of the series. 

This is the first time in Nationals history that they have ever won a World Series title, after only being named a team in 2005.