Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs' 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall. Back in Houston, a huge crowd filled Minute Maid Park to cheer as fans watched on the big video board, and the train whistle wailed when it was over."We're coming home a champion, Houston," Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year for Willie Mays.Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 - after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight seasons - that proclaimed: "Your 2017 World Series Champs" and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.
Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve's grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.
A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps Mc Cullers' biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI.
What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.
Acquired from Texas on July 31 for these big games, Darvish lasted 1 2/3 innings in both his World Series starts - the two shortest of his career.
"This pain is going to stay in me for a while," the four-time All-Star said through a translator.