Washington Wins- Houston Heartbroken

After an intense seven game series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, the Nationals came in clutch to win it all.


Nathan Plunk

The 2019 season ended with the Washington Nationals winning the World Series

By Nathan Plunk, Staff Writer

Daniel Hudson stood on the mound, facing Astro’s number three hitter, Michael Brantley. The Astros were down 6-2 in game seven of the 2019 World Series. Bottom of the ninth,no men on, two men out, a 3-2 count. The pitch… STRIKE THREE! Brantley went down swinging, giving the Washington Nationals their first World Series victory in franchise history.

This was an exciting Postseason, and an even more exciting World Series. For the first time in MLB history, the away team has won every game. This WS started out with Washington going 2-0 in the series against Houston. However, when the two teams travelled to Washington, the Astros took the next three games, putting them ahead 3-2 in the series. One more game was all they needed to win it all in the best of seven matchup. Not only that, but the next two games were in Houston. However, the Nationals ended up taking both of those games, giving them the win in an exciting game 7 matchup.

The umpires did fairly well, with a 91.2% accuracy rate through all seven games.

Both teams fought hard in the regular season. The Astros finished first in the AL West, with 107 wins and 55 losses, the best record in the MLB this year. The Nationals finished second in the NL East, but clinched the Wild Card with a 93-69 record, surprising baseball fans after starting with 24-33 record by the end of May.

Each team battled it out in the postseason, giving everything the had to make it to that final series. Since the Nationals didn’t win the division, they had to play the Milwaukee Brewers in a one and done wild card game, where they squeaked out a 4-3 win, at home. Next they played the L.A. Dodgers and ended up winning in game five, after a back and forth series. In the NLCS, the Nationals went on a four game sweep, ending the St. Louis Cardinals chance of winning the WS. The Astros, who were favored to win it all, also had a tough path. After winning the first two games in Houston against the Tampa Bay Rays, they then proceeded to drop the next two, tying the series at 2-2. They Astros pulled their act together, winning game five at Minute Maid Park. They then advanced to the ALCS where they beat the New York Yankees in game six, with a walk off home run by Jose Altuve. This brought us to what would be an exciting seven game World Series.

The umpires did fairly well, with a 91.2% accuracy rate through all seven games. Still, both teams have the offseason to ponder what could have gone differently. For the Astros, many fans will be left wondering if the catchers interference that wasn’t called by Allen Porter would have swayed game one. Washington fans will wonder how game six could have gone differently, when Trea Turner got called out for batters interference, when he hit Yuli Gurriel’s glove running to first, which then led to the Nationals manager Dave Martinez being ejected!

This World Series will be one that goes down in history. With the Washington Nationals winning their first World Series title, the heavily favored Houston Astros losing it in game seven, and with the away team winning all seven games, no baseball fan will ever forget it…