Stephen Strasburg found at last the opportunity to shine on the grandest stage. And the National downloaded a couple of vicious attacks to return home with a 2-0 advantage in the World Series.
The right Strasburg, excluded from the payroll seven years ago, in the full postseason, overcame in the duel to Justin Verlander, after a start in which both faltered, and Washington crushed the Wednesday 12-3 to the Houston Astros.
Kurt Suzuki broke a tie with a home run, to unleash a catastrophe in Houston, who allowed six runs in the seventh inning. Now, Washington just needs to win two of three duels as local to be crowned in the Fall Classic for the first time in history.
Adam Eaton paraded around the bases, pointing towards the fans of the Astros, then hit a home run at the end of the meeting. Thus, the National wove its eighth consecutive victory.
The Nationals have won 18 of 20 matches since the final stretch of the regular season. His last two victories have come before openers favorite to win the Cy Young awards in the American League, Gerrit Cole and Verlander.
The third game is scheduled for Friday night, when the venezuelan Anibal Sanchez will open for the local. Zack Greinke will go to the mound for the Astros.
It will be the first game of the World Series played in the nation’s capital since 1933.
By the National, the venezuelan Gerardo Parra 1-0, Asdrubal Cabrera 5-2 with a scored and three produced. The dominicans Juan Soto 3-1 with two scored, Víctor Robles 3-0 with two runs scored.
By the Stars, the venezuelan Jose Altuve, 5-3, Robinson Chirinos of 2-0. The cuban Yuli Gurriel 4-1, Yordan Alvarez 3-1. The puerto rican Carlos Correa, 4-0, Martin Maldonado 1-1 with one scored and one driven.