World Series Game 6: Nats Force Game 7 in Spite of Controversial Call

With Sunday’s road victory by the Houston Astros, the Washington Nationals were pushed to the brink of elimination and in need of a victory to extend the series to a decisive seventh game.

Nationals 7, Astros 2 (box score)

W: Stephen Strasburg
L: Justin Verlander

The Nats gave Strasburg an early one-run lead, but he allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto homered in the 5th to give the Nats another precarious lead.

Strasburg did not allow any further scoring in 8.1 IP, giving up two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Controversy erupted in the 7th inning when, following a leadoff single by Yan Gomes, Trea Turner was ruled out at 1st base on batter interference after being nailed by a throw as he was crossing the bag. It appeared he had been taking a direct line to the base in fair territory rather than using the running lane which is, inexplicably, in foul territory.

During the review, Turner put MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, whose responsibilities include overseeing umpiring, on blast thanks to a hot mic.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez became the first manager ejected in the World Series since Bobby Cox in 1996.

The call on Turner was criticized by fans as well as current and former MLB players.

Ex-player and analyst Doug Glanville noted the problem is due to the placement of the running lane relative to first base.

It appeared the Nats would go quietly following the interference call after Eaton popped out, but Anthony Rendon delivered with a two-run homer to extend the Washington lead.

He then blew the game open in the 9th with a two-run double, finishing the night 3-4 with one run scored and five RBI.

The World Series will conclude tonight starting at 8:08 PM ET. Let’s hope it is as every bit as epic as Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and not an anticlimactic letdown like Game 7 of the 2017 edition of the Fall Classic. Matchup: TBD. Max Scherzer, who was scratched from Game 5 with neck pain, has said he is available and ready to pitch.

 

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