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.
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.