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Dodgers fall in Game 2, but fans revel in Chavez Ravine atmosphere

By - Oct 26, 2017

By Victoria Alvarado/For The Sporting Nation

LOS ANGELES -- Game 2 of the 2017 World Series ended in disappointing fashion for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a final score of 7-6 in 11 innings.
 
It was quite the back and forth game, with the Houston Astros gaining an early lead from an RBI single by Alex Bregman. The Dodgers responded with home runs from Joc Pederson and Corey Seager in back-to-back innings.
 
Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ closer, was brought in during the eighth inning, but in the ninth blew the Dodgers’ 3-2 lead when he gave up a home run from Marwin Gonzalez.
 
“I made one flat pitch all night, and [Gonzalez] hit it out. I’m human… I’m not going to beat myself up over it,” said Jansen.
 
Houston gained a lead and the Dodgers tied them, until outfielder George Springer hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 11th. Charlie Culberson came back with a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th, but the Dodgers ran out of rally magic.
 
“It’s nerve wracking; we go from emotional high to emotional low to high, but that’s why we play the game,” said Springer on his home run.
 
Game 2 broke multiple records, one for having the most home runs in a World Series game (eight) and another for having the most extra-inning home runs in a World Series game (five).
 
Although the game did not fall in Los Angeles’ favor, Dodger fans were grateful to be watching the World Series at Chavez Ravine for the first time in 29 years.
 
Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully came out to throw the first pitch, but instead of doing it himself, he brought out former major league pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. The crowd went wild seeing these two Dodger greats on the mound together, and that energy remained the whole night.
 
Many past and current baseball players were in attendance, including Reggie Jackson, Tommy Lasorda, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Giancarlo Stanton, who accepted the 2017 NL Hank Aaron award. The 2017 AL Hank Aaron award was given to Jose Altuve.
 
Throughout the night, a sea of blue rally towels filled the atmosphere, as well as chants of “Let’s go Dodgers” to celebrate “Los Doyers.”
 
The first World Series in Los Angeles since 1988 called for a new menu at Dodger Stadium as well. Lobster rolls, donut ice cream sandwiches, caramel apples, and a “This Team” Dodger dog were sold, as well as traditional ballpark food.
 
Food wasn’t the only thing fans were lining up for. Each team store sold World Series merchandise, and the lines to get it were two hours long. Needless to say, faithful fans waited to get their hands on the Dodgers gear first.
 
As much as Dodger fans want to wear their new gear to another game this series, the team is hoping to end the postseason in Houston.
 
“We’ve got a resilient group, a lot of guys that have been around a long time. And so, like I said, we’ll be ready to go,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
 
The World Series resumes for Game 3 on Friday in Houston.

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