The Astros won a wild Game 5 that lasted over five hours despite facing two three-run deficits.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Game 2 submitted its place as an instant classic with a record five extra-inning home runs and a win probability chart that belongs in Six Flags.
“Was that not the best baseball game ever?” Bregman asked after the epic counter, per >Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci.
For four days, it garnered serious consideration. It looked like a no-brainer for this postseason's Best Game prize.
Then Game 5 happened.
After one inning, the Dodgers jumped Dallas Keuchel to a 3-0 lead with Kershaw on the mound. With a 4-0 score entering the bottom of the fourth, both managers might have already started planning ahead to Game 6.
Then the Astros tied it when Yulieski Gurriel tattooed a three-run homer off the three-time Cy Young Award winner. When Bellinger responded with a three-run bomb in the fifth, Altuve quickly retorted by clearing the bases with another game-tying shot.
Twelve relievers allowed a combined 15 runs. Only Luke Gregerson and Tony Watson, who respectively faced one and two batters, did not relinquish any baserunners.
Houston appeared to end proceedings when Springer and Correa went yard off Morrow, who was running on fumes. The Dodgers had other ideas, depriving all East Coast viewers of sleep with a three-run rally in the ninth.
Bregman may have a different pick for best game ever after notching a walk-off single off Jansen.
"Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more," Hinch said of Sunday night's thriller, per ESPN.com's David Schoenfield. "It's hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game, the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd. Just exactly what you expect to come to the park with Keuchel and Kershaw pitching."
Someone who likes pitching and defense would instead prefer Game 1, wherein Kershaw outdueled Keuchel in a crisp two-hour and 28-minute contest. Game 5 was instead pure chaos, lasting over five hours and ending in a 13-12 score.
Yet it was the type of game that left fans rooting for even more disarray. As long as they are orchestrating a new twist and turn every frame, why not play until a position player would have to pitch?
A wild action romp won't win an Oscar, but a good one is remarkably fun to watch. This marathon bout never overstayed its welcome, and bleary-eyed fans woke up the next morning giddily waiting for both teams to meet again.
Honorable Mention (beyond Game 2 of the World Series): National League Wild Card Game
The National League Wild Card Game would have taken home the honor most years. After watching a 6-0 lead shrink, the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a chaotic 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies. They hit four doubles, including two from Ketel Marte and one from relief pitcher Archie Bradley, who had no business batting in the first place.
An unrelenting, unpredictable game proved to be a mere appetizer for the chaos ahead.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2741107-bleacher-reports-complete-2017-postseason-awards