Nationals Take Commanding 2-0 Lead Thanks To Big Seventh Inning, Irving Puts Up 50 On His Debut In A Loss, Toronto Knock Out NYCFC, Sounders Eliminate RSL In MLS Playoffs

Grace Higgins | October 24th, 2019

For the second night in a row, the Washington Nationals were able to get to one of the Houston Astros’ big-name pitchers early. While they failed to hold the lead from that point on, it certainly set the tone, leading them to take a shocking 2-0 World Series lead away from Houston thanks to a decisive 12-3 victory on Wednesday night. It didn’t take them long to get to Gerritt Cole, with Anthony Rendon busting a two-run double to give them a 2-0 lead in Game 2. However, Stephen Strasburg gave up a two-run homer to Alex Bregman, the only two runs he’d surrender all night, in the bottom of the same frame to tie the game up. For the next six innings, no one budged, and the score remained the same. That was until the fateful seventh inning when the Nats broke up the game- and potentially the series- with a massive six runs. Kurt Suzuki hit a solo home run to give his team a 3-2 lead. Howie Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Ryan Zimmermann then all were each responsible for five combined runs as they ran out to a commanding 8-2 lead. That lead got extended an inning later when Adam Eaton homered himself and one other in and Cabrera singled to drive in one more. Michael Taylor homered in the ninth to make it 12-2 before Martin Maldonado hit a consolation home run for the Astros in the bottom of the ninth to end the scoring at 12-3. The series swings to Washington now on Friday night with the Nats looking to win two more to complete a potential sweep.

Sports Illustrated

Kyrie Irving put up quite a few records on Wednesday night as he made his debut for the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for his team to win his first game in his new city. Irving, leading the new-look Nets for the first time, would score 50 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves came into town to win 127-126 in overtime to open both teams’ seasons. After Irving passed 32, he had set a record for the most points scored by a debuting Nets star. After #48, he had the NBA record to himself. Reaching 50 points, however, was just the sixth such game the franchise had seen. He joined Anthony Davis and LeBron as the last two score as many on an opening night as well. As for the Timberwolves, they got a double-double (36 points and 14 boards) from Karl-Anthony Towns in the ‘W.’


The second round of the MLS Playoffs- the Conference Semi-Finals- began on Wednesday night, and once again they were not short of drama. In the opener, Toronto FC traveled to Yankee Stadium to inflict more playoff pain on New Yorkers as they downed NYCFC by a score of 1-2. Spaniard Alejandro Pozuelo scored twice, including a calm chipped penalty in the 90th minute to knock the top seeded side out. Out west, it was another creative star that led the way for the Seattle Sounders as they held serve at home by winning 2-0 over Real Salt Lake. Nicolas Lodeiro scored and had an assist, allowing them to advance to face the winner of the all-Los Angeles showdown to come on Thursday night.

The Athletic
Next Article
  • Sixers, Clippers Back On Track

    With overpowering expectations, both the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers are feeling the heat at this point in the season. Both teams won last night, letting out a sigh of relief after each win. Joel Embiid, who is averaging 23.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game on 47 percent shooting from the field, scored...

    Read More
  • Beal Scores 53 In Loss

    Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards guard who was snubbed from this season’s All-Star Game, scored 53 points in a 126-117 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The 26-year-old guard has long been in trade rumors. Since the current injury of guard and teammate John Wall occurred, Beal was been rumored with every championship contender. The Los...

    Read More
  • Westbrook In MVP Form

    The new ultra-smallball approach the Houston Rockets are experimenting with is helping the former MVP Russell Westbrook look like a current MVP. For this season, Westbrook is averaging 27.2 points per game, his third highest scoring season of his career. Even alongside James Harden, who averages 35.2 points per game and a combined 35.1 field...

    Read More
  • Boogie Released By Lakers

    In an effort to free roster space, the Los Angeles Lakers have released DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in the offseason. Cousins has played over 70 games just once since the 2013-2014 season, and that was the 2016-2017 season, when he played 55 games for the Sacramento Kings and then 17...

    Read More
  • Kyrie Irving Injury

    The Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, ending his 2019-2020 campaign with the Nets. Irving hasn’t played since Feb. 1, when he scored 11 points on 12 shot attempts. Before that game, he scored an impressive 54 points on near impossible efficiency, shooting 19-23 from the field. To add...

    Read More
  • Scientist Breaks Bank With Data Roaming Charges While Tracking Eagles

    Local scientists in Russia were busy researching the migrating patterns and habits of the Russian eagles. Unfortunately for them they did not expect the eagles to decide on some of the birds deciding they wanted a vacation in Iran and Pakistan. The SMS transmitters they had attached to the birds suddenly incurred huge data roaming...

    Read More
  • The Female Doctor That Had To Live Her Whole Life As A Man

    During the 1800s, certain professions were nearly impossible for a woman to break into, unfortunately, it was a time of great inequality between men and women. One of the professions was the medical domain, where being a doctor was primarily a male role. One bright Irishwoman set out to follow her dreams and in the...

    Read More
  • Greg Olsen Signs With Seahawks

    The Seattle Seahawks have signed Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen to a one-year, $7 million contract. The Seahawks landed Olsen after he made free agent visits with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, and even rumors of him retiring to join a broadcast booth. Once he met with head coach Pete Carroll, he was on...

    Read More