Astros center fielder George Springer celebrates his two-run home run against the Dodgers in the 11th inning of Game 2.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )
Fans at Dodger Stadium react as Houston wins a Game 2 thriller, 7-6, in 11 innings.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
George Springer exults after his 11th-inning home run.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Disappointed Dodgers fans.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig strikes out to end the game.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
A happy Houston Astros fan at Dodger Stadium.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
George Springer and Cameron Maybin celebrate after a two-run homer by Springer off Dodgers reliever Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers fan Ethan Czypinski, 7, of San Dimas wears his baseball glove under his World Series hat while watching a tense Game 2 at Dodger Stadium.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Kenley Jansen turns toward the outfield after giving up a game-tying homer to Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth inning.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
The throw to Astros catcher Brian McCann is too late as Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe scores in the 10th inning on a single by Enrique Hernandez to tie the Game 2 score at 5-5.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Yasiel Puig sits with his head in his hands after not being able to catch what turned into a ground-rule double off the bat of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the seventh inning.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig throws his glove in anger after not being able to catch a ground-rule double by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
A fan watches Houston take a 7-6 victory in 11 innings on Wednesday night.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers reliever Brandon McCarthy paces behind the mound as Astros center fielder George Springer circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the 11th inning.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers left fielder Charlie Culberson celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a home run in the 11th inning to cut the Dodgers’ deficit to 7-6.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers fans wave souvenir towels as they cheer on the Dodgers from the top deck section during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe scores the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after a hit by Enrique Hernandez.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Taylor can’t get to a home run by Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez during the ninth inning of Game 2.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Fan Angel Rodriguez of East Los Angeles wears his Dodgers pride on his face while watching Houston win 7-6 in the 11th inning to even the series.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa greets teammate Marwin Gonzalez after he hit a solo home run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning to tie the score, 3-3, and force extra innings.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Corey Seager reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Andrew Vialpando, center, cheers with other Dodgers fans while watching the World Series at The Short Stop in Echo Park.(Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)
Corey Seager lets out a yell as he hits a two-run home run against Houston starting pitcher Justin Verlander in the sixth inning.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson celebrates after hitting a solo home run, which broke up Justin Verlander’s no-hit bid and tied the score, 1-1.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson connects for a solo home run against Houston’s Justin Verlander.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Taylor is tagged out by Astros shortstop Carlos Correa in the fourth inning.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dodger starter Rich Hill watches as Justin Turner throws to first base after fielding Justin Verlander’s sacrifice bunt in the third inning.
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Rich Hill delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 2. Hill would work four innings, giving up one run on three hits, all in the third inning, while striking out seven.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes catches a foul ball hit by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the first inning.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig catches a fly ball hit by Astros shortstop Carlos Correa with his tongue out during the first inning of Game 2.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes falls the ground after catching a foul ball hit by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the first inning.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Actor Jason Bateman yells at Astros shortstop Carlos Correa during the first inning.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Fernando Valenzuela, Vin Scully and Steve Yeager walk off the field after the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
The crowd cheers after honoring Vietnam veterans while country music star Brad Paisley sang the national anthem before Game 2.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers legends Vin Scully, left, and Fernando Valenzuela throw out the first pitch before the start of Game 2.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig sports a new dye job before the start of Game 2.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers ace Clayotn Kershaw meets with country singer Brad Paisley before the start of Game 2.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, share a light moment before the start of Game 2.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez, right, shares a light moment with hitting coach Turner Ward before the start of Game 2.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers fan Wendy Perez, of Los Angeles, holds up 7-month-old son Ezra Perez, her “lucky charm,” in the upper level before watching the Dodgers play the Astros in Game 2.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A Corey Seager fan watches an Astros pitcher work out in the bullpen before Game 2.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Eliason, dressed in a Justin Turner wig, high-fives Dodgers fans before Game 2.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers fan Robbie Tabares, 6, of Whittier takes in the view of his first World Series from the upper deck.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers fans take photos before watching the Dodgers play the Astros in Game 2.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers season-ticket holder Gilbert Romero sports his Dodgers sombrero and beads in upper deck before the start of Game 2.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
For as long as the bats were silent in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, once they awoke, the home runs kept on coming.
They came one-by-one and they came in clusters. All told, the ball landed in the Dodger Stadium bleachers eight times. The Astros hit four home runs. The Dodgers hit four home runs.
The Astros won 7-6 in 11 innings, the Dodgers lost and fans were treated to a historic back-and-forth game.
The combined eight home runs are the most in a World Series game, bettering the seven home runs that the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants combined for in Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.
Most combined home runs in a single World Series game
|Home Runs In Game||Occurrences||Last occurrence|
|Home Runs In Game8*||Occurrences1||Last occurrenceAstros at Dodgers (2017)|
|Home Runs In Game7||Occurrences1||Last occurrenceOakland at San Francisco (1989)|
|Home Runs In Game6||Occurrences8||Last occurrenceTexas at St. Louis (2011)|
|Home Runs In Game5||Occurrences12||Last occurrenceSan Francisco at Anaheim (2002)|
|Home Runs In Game4||Occurrences38||Last occurrenceChicago at Cleveland (2016)|
|Home Runs In Game3||Occurrences57||Last occurrenceAstros at Dodgers (2017)|
|Home Runs In Game2||Occurrences136||Last occurrenceCleveland at Chicago (2016)|
|Home Runs In Game1||Occurrences192||Last occurrence--|
* Five came in extra innings. Baseball-reference.com data dates back to 1903.
Houston and the Dodgers combined to hit five home runs in the 10th and 11th innings, which means nearly a quarter of all World Series home runs in extra innings since 1914 came in Game 2.
The home runs from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa in the 10th inning were the first back-to-back World Series home runs to come in extra innings.
The mood swings in the Gold Room are likely to require long-term therapy.
At least for Erwin Portillo.
He was 5 when he came to Los Angeles from Honduras. The year was 1988, the month was August. And Dodgers were everywhere.
“You don’t know much English, but you know the Dodgers are in the World Series,” he said of the time. “Everyone played stickball, everyone wore Dodger blue or some Michael Jackson gear.”
Sitting on a stool at the Sunset Boulevard bar, Portillo felt the peaks and valleys and repeated heart attacks of Game 2.
When Kenley Jansen gave up the lead, he screamed.
“We are going to seven games,” he said with confidence.
He questioned Dave Roberts calling in the closer in the eighth.
“A six-out save, WTF?” he texted a friend.
When Yasiel Puig hit a home run to bring the Dodgers close, he leaped from his seat.
“They did say this would be one of the most exciting World Series ever,” he said after he collected his breath.
When Enrique Hernandez came to bat with Logan Forsythe on, he screamed again. He turned his cap inside out to lure a comeback out of the ether.
“Hit that ... to Puerto Rico,” he said.
Hernandez did not cross a body of water but did hit a ball to right field. And that was enough to drive Portillo and the rest of the bar mad.
“I really can’t believe the rally cap worked,” he said. “It’s never worked before.”
He screamed and slapped any hands that crossed his path.
But the pendulum swung the other way when the Astros answered with a single and a home run.
The bar was quiet. Portillo looked glum.
“At least we got to Verlander,” he said. “You say Verlander versus Rich Hill, and I think we lose. At least we got to the bullpen.”
After Puig struck out to end the game, the crowd went silent.
Portillo said he would back Friday for Game 3, confident Yu Darvish and Alex Wood could provide wins on the road.
The result could not be considered unthinkable, because October baseball expands the realm of possibility and exposes the soul to untold anguish. The Dodgers had avoided this fate for so much of these playoffs. They were the team who broke hearts, who snuffed out dreams. Except until this week, they had not stared down an opponent like the Houston Astros.
On Wednesday evening, in the final innings of Game 2 of the World Series, the veneer of invincibility surrounding the Dodgers bullpen shattered beneath the might of Houston’s offense in a 7-6 defeat that tied this series at one victory each. Kenley Jansen blew a save by yielding a solo homer in the ninth. Josh Fields yielded two more in the 10th. After scoring two runs in the bottom of the 10th, the Dodgers turned to Brandon McCarthy for the 11th.
Bottom of the 11th. Chris Devenski still pitching.
Corey Seager flied to center.
Justin Turner lined to third.
Charlie Culberson homered to left. Astros 7, Dodgers 6.
Yasiel Puig struck out swinging.
Astros win 7-6.
Top of the 11th. Brandon McCarthy pitching. Charlie Culberson in at left. Enrique Hernandez moves to center. The Dodgers are out of position players.
Cameron Maybin singled to center.
With George Springer batting, Maybin stole second.
Springer homered to right-center, Astros lead 7-5.
Alex Bregman fouled to first.
Jose Altuve grounded up the middle. Austin Barnes made the play and threw wide, but Logan Forsythe made the tag.
Carlos Correa grounded to short.
Astros 7, Dodgers 5.
The Dodgers bullpen, which has been so good this season, unraveled in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, giving up four runs in three innings. Two came on back-to-back homers by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa in the 10th inning, giving the Houston Astros a 5-3 lead to break a tie.
The runs came off Josh Fields, who had allowed just one hit in three previous playoff appearances. But Fields would never have entered the game if closer Kenley Jansen had been able to do his job.
FOR THE RECORD, 9:55 p.m.: A previous version of this post said home runs by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa in the 10th inning gave the Astros a 5-3 win. The homers gave the Astros the lead, but the Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th to send the game to an 11th inning.
Instead the Dodgers wound up emptying their bullpen.
Jansen, who had been near-perfect in the postseason, was asked to get a six-out save, only to stumble, giving up a run-scoring single to Correa in the eighth and a game-tying home run to Marwin Gonzalez leading off the ninth.
Coming in, Jansen had allowed two hits and struck out 13 in nine postseason innings. And the rest of the bullpen was keeping pace, pitching 28 scoreless innings between Game 2 of the National League Division Series and the eighth inning Wednesday.
The four earned runs the relievers gave up after that was one more than they had given up in the rest of the postseason combined, more than doubling the bullpen ERA to 1.72.
Bottom of the 10th.
Yasiel Puig homered to left. 5-4 Astros.
Yasmani Grandal strikes out swinging.
Austin Barnes struck out swinging.
Logan Forsythe walked.
Enrique Hernandez singles to right, scoring Forsythe to tie the game. And the crowd goes crazy!
And that’s it for Ken Giles. Chris Devenski comes in to pitch. Cameron Maybin in at center field.
He immediately tried to pick Hernandez off second, but the ball hit the umpire.
Chris Taylor flied to center.
Dodgers 5, Astros 5. We go to the 11th inning.
Ricardo Jaquez grew up in Frogtown, back when it was called Elysian Valley.
He and his pals would ride their bikes up the hill, through Echo Park to Dodger Stadium and pay $3 to sit in the left field pavilion for games.
When Kirk Gibson hit his famous home run, Jaquez was sitting on the floor of his grandmother’s living room at her home on Benedict Street near the Los Angeles River, watching on her big wooden television.
Over the years he collected autographs from Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and Mike Piazza, the latter a week before he was traded.
That jersey is sitting at his home in Ft. Hood, Texas, along with four seats from Dodger Stadium he bought online when they renovated the place.
The 38-year-old left Los Angeles to enlist in the U.S. Army and works in the corporate office of a brake check firm near Ft. Hood. But he comes to opening day every year to meet up with his friends from Elysian Valley, which sits along the Los Angeles River basin directly below the hills of Elysian Park.
He got seats in the loge section for World Series Game 1 and lost his voice as he yelled through the night.
“Best day of my life,” he said. “The stadium was electric. I had goosebumps for four hours after.”
Standing inside the Gold Room on Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday night, even his hoarse voice didn’t stop him from erupting in cheers as Joc Pederson and Corey Seager hit home runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
He and his crew from the old neighborhood high-fived and leaped into each other’s arms as the Dodgers took the lead.
His childhood friend, 34-year-old Janelle Marin, likens their gatherings for Dodgers games to family reunions.
They all share memories of the neighborhood that are tied to Dodger Stadium.
“We’d take a hike up the hill, and it’d be like going on a mission,” she said.
“Now I’ll take an Uber,” her older sister, Melissa, said with a laugh.
“It is so special, because people would come from all over L.A. to see the Dodgers,” Janelle said, “but for us it was home.”
The crew of friends hugged as the night went on and recalled childhood memories as Jaquez tried to convince the crew to come to Texas for the next few games.
But that’s all in the future.
The immediate needs were all that consumes them: The Dodgers need to score a run in the bottom of the ninth after the Astros tied the score, 3-3, in the eighth inning.
Then Jaquez needs to get some sleep and grab a sausage, egg and chili cheeseburger at Tommy’s before he catches his plane home.
Top of the 10th. Josh Fields now pitching.
Jose Altuve homered to left-center, giving the Astros a 4-3 lead.
Carlos Correa then homered to even deeper left. Astros 5, Dodgers 3.
Yuli Gurriel then doubled to left-center.
And that’s it for Fields. Nice outing.
Tony Cingrani now pitching. Yasmani Grandal at catcher. Logan Forsythe moves to first.
Brian McCann flied to center.
Marwin Gonzalez was walked intentionally.
Josh Reddick grounded into a 1-6-3 double play.
Astros 5, Dodgers 3.
Bottom of the ninth. Ken Giles pitching for the Astros.
Corey Seager struck out swinging.
Justin Turner grounded to short.
Cody Bellinger flied to deep right.
Dodgers 3, Astros 3. We go to extra innings.
Bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen pitching.
Marwin Gonzalez homered to left-center, tying the score.
Josh Reddick popped to first.
Carlos Beltran, batting for Joe Musgrove, flied to center.
George Springer doubled down the left-field line.
Two out, man on second.
Alex Bregman grounded to short.
Dodgers 3, Astros 3.
Bottom of the eighth. Joe Musgrove pitching.
Chase Utley flied to left.
Enrique Hernandez grounded sharply to short.
Chris Taylor flied to left.
Dodgers 3, Astros 2.
Top of the eighth. Brandon Morrow still pitching.
Alex Bregman hit a slicer down the right-field line that tipped off Yasiel Puig’s glove and into the stands for a ground-rule double. Puig is furious with himself, but most outfielders wouldn’t have even touched the ball.
And that’s it for Brandon Morrow. Here comes Kenley Jansen for a six-out save. With a day off tomorrow, Jansen can pitch two innings today.
Jose Altuve grounded to second, Bregman taking third.
Carlos Correa singles to center. 3-2 Dodgers.
Yuli Gurriel fouled to first. Two out.
Brian McCann struck out swinging.
Dodgers 3, Astros 2
Bottom of the seventh.
Will Harris pitching for the Astros.
Cody Bellinger grounded to short. Carlos Correa threw to first but Yuli Gurriel dropped the ball. They gave the error to Correa, but it should have gone to Gurriel.
With Yasiel Puig up, Bellinger took second on a wild pitch.
Puig grounded to short, with the ball being hit slowly enough for Bellinger to advance to third.
Joc Pederson struck out swinging.
Austin Barnes struck out swinging. It would have been nice to get an insurance run in.
Top of the seventh. Ross Stripling pitching.
Marwin Gonzalez walked.
And that’s it for Ross Stripling. Brandon Morrow is coming in to pitch.
Josh Reddick grounded into a 5-6-3 double play.
Evan Gattis, batting for Justin Verlander, hit a hard hopper down the third-base line. Justin Turner made a great play but couldn’t throw him out.
George Springer grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Bottom of the sixth.
Chase Utley flied to center.
Andre Ethier, batting for Tony Watson, flied to center.
Chris Taylor walked.
Corey Seager HOMERS TO LEFT! Dodgers lead 3-1.
Justin Turner popped to second.
Dodgers 3, Astros 1.