Nationals Win ‘Road’ Series With More Clutch Hitting, Curry Suffers Hand Injury, Warriors Lose To Suns, Toronto FC Wins To Set Up MLS Cup Final With Seattle

Grace Higgins | October 31st, 2019

The Houston Astros had gotten off to a good start in Game 7 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Yuli Gurriel’s solo home run in the bottom of the second inning and Carlos Correa’s fifth-inning single had given them a 2-0 lead that looked very commanding due to the pitching of starter Zack Greinke. Greinke had barely allowed a soul on base all game long, giving up just a single hit in the first six innings. However, the seventh inning would prove to be the turning point. The Nats’ bats came alive, with Anthony Rendon halving the deficit with a solo shot of his own. Typically clutch Howie Kendrick then hit a two-run homer that put the visitors up 3-2 on the evening. Juan Soto gave them some insurance in the eighth when he drove in Adam Eaton. Eaton then added three more runs to the pile in the top of the ninth to make it 6-2, a lead the home team had no chance at coming back from. The Nationals had won the World Series for the first time, completing a sweep for the road team in every single game. Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg won MVP for the series after winning two games. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA throughout the postseason as a whole.

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The old saying goes something like injury being added to insult. That’s pretty much what happened on Wednesday night for the Golden State Warriors. They lost Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to injuries, the former leaving anyway, and now Steph Curry has been added to the list after he went down during their 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Trailing the game in a big fashion after a first quarter that saw the visiting Suns go up 43-14, Curry broke his left hand on a hard fall in the third quarter. At the moment, there is no timetable on his injury, since he has yet to get an MRI and go through the proper medical channels as of yet. For a reeling Warriors team, this just makes matters worse on them. As for the game itself, the leading scorer was Suns’ sophomore player Devin Booker, who put up 31. The Warriors got 20 from Eric Paschall in the defeat.

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We now now where the MLS Cup Final will be taking place this season. Much to a lot of people’s surprise, it will not be in Los Angeles or Atlanta, with both of those heavily favored teams falling by the wayside. Instead, it will be held in Seattle as the Sounders take on Toronto FC for the third time in four years, with experience and mettle proving to be the driving points. Atlanta led after just four minutes when Julian Gressel scored and they had a chance to make it 2-0 before a penalty was saved by TFC ‘keeper Quentin Westberg made a big save. Minutes later, in the 14th, Nicolas Benezet tied it up at 1-1 with a fantastic goal. Toronto didn’t threaten much, and held on for much of the rest of the match, but Nick DeLeon scored a wonder goal with 12 minutes left that handed them the win and a trip to the Pacific Northwest for yet another Final appearance.

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