Last night marked a victorious end for the Washington Nationals as they claimed the franchise’s first ever World Series title by defeating the Houston Astros 6-2.
The series ended in an impressive seventh game after both teams exclusively won on the road - a precedent in World Series history. The Nationals ultimately had more success in Houston as they clinched the title late Wednesday evening.
After facing a 2-0 deficit for a majority of the game, the Nationals scored three runs to create a narrow lead in the seventh inning. As the Astros constantly rotated pitchers, the Nats were able to increase their lead to 6 runs to secure the win.
The Nationals were considered one of the most unlikely contenders for this year’s World Series, after barely scraping out a win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card game. They went on to defeat the L.A. Dodgers then the St. Louis Cardinals to earn their spot in the World Series. The Astros were also the favored team in the matchup.
Pitcher Stephen Strasburg was awarded the Series’ Most Valuable Player for his commitment to the team and success throughout the seven games. Other Nationals breakouts included 21-year-old Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, and Anthony Rendon, among all the players who contributed to this monumental win.
The celebratory parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd throughout Washington D.C. The parade will begin on Constitution Ave and end on Pennsylvania Ave. The Nationals’ win is especially special for D.C. fans as the Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup and the Washington Mystics most recently won their first championship.