The Houston Astros are headed back home with the knowledge that they are now in control of the 2019 World Series and the Washington Nationals having taken a third consecutive game on the road on Sunday night. The 7-1 win was keyed by the pitching of Gerritt Cole, which was unsurprisingly superb yet again. He went seven innings and only gave up a single run, giving his team the opportunity to build a big lead. Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa each hit two-run home runs in the second and fourth innings to put them up 4-0. Juan Soto’s solo shot in the bottom of the seventh got one back for the home team Nats, but it was not enough. After Cole left, Houston would increase its lead, with Yuli Gurriel continuing a fine postseason by driving in a run in the eighth. In the ninth inning, George Springer made sure of the result, smashing a two-run homer to conclude the scoring at 7-1. Houston will have two chances, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, to close out Washington. In order to do so, however, they will have to stop the trend of visiting teams winning, which has occurred in all five games thus far.
The NFL continues to have two undefeated teams. One of them, the New England Patriots are no surprise. But the other, the San Francisco 49ers, would have been at the start of the season. They no longer are a shock now, having gone 7-0 thus far, thanks to wins like the one on Sunday when they walloped the Carolina Panthers 51-13. Tevin Coleman ran for over 100 yards and went for four touchdowns, three coming in the first half to help them easily run away. Nick Bosa was brilliant defensively, recording three sacks and an interception in the romp. The Patriots went to 8-0 on the year after a 27-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. It was Bill Belichick’s 300th victory, and it came in large part thanks to Tom Brady finding Julian Edelman twice on touchdown throws. Despite letting an early 17-0 lead come back to 17-10, the result was never really in question as the Browns dropped to 2-5 on the season. Elsewhere, the Green Bay Packers improved to 7-1 on the season thanks to a 31-24 win in Kansas City over the Chiefs, who were without Patty Mahomes. Aaron Rodgers had two touchdown tosses to Aaron Jones, and three overall, to go with 305 yards in the air. Matt Moore played well under center filling in for Mahomes, but it wasn’t enough to beat one of the NFC’s best on the evening.
Tiger Woods officially made history on Monday in Japan, winning the Zozo Championship, thus giving him his 82nd PGA Tour victory. The win means that he not only is the first winner of a tournament in Japan, but it also means he is now tied on the all-time leaderboard with Sam Snead. He now needs just one more to go to the top of the pile all by himself, and you have to like his chances. Even after numerous surgeries and ailments, he has been able to keep on plugging. Snead didn’t win his last tournament until the age of 52. Woods is 43. While he may not be competitive week in and week out any longer, there is no doubt he can pop in and out at times to contend. Just as he did here, capturing a remarkable and very much unexpected victory that only grows his legend more.