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JML Update: World Series wows

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Who would have though that it would be two Jews among the leading hitters in the World Series in home runs?

That was the outcome by the end of Game Four in which Joc Pederson‘s three-run shot in the ninth put the icing on the cake in the LA Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the host Houston Astros. This was followed in the bottom of the inning by Alex Bregman‘s blast for his team’s final score. Both batters have two home runs, which is all the more remarkable when you think that it was a long shot that Pederson would even be on the roster.

Pederson’s three-run bomb gave the Dodgers the 6-1 lead.

Bregman answered with one of his own, but too little, too late. And it was one of only two hits his team could muster.

And for the piece de resistance, Bregman notched the first walk-off hit by a Jewish player in the World Series when his RBI single drove home Derek Fisher with the winner in a 13-12 extra inning wild one last night with the Dodgers scoring three runs in the first and holding a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The Astros tied it, then fell behind, 7-4. Then tied it again, 7-7. Then fell behind , 8-7. Then took the lead, 11-8. Then lost it when the the game was tied 12-12 after nine innings before Bregman’s heroics. He also singled and walked in six plate appearances, scoring twice. That walk — which too 10 pitchers — knocked Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw out of the game.

The Astros lead three games to two as they head back to California.

Lots of clips…

Pederson walked as a pinch-hitter in the sixth last night and hit a towering one-out double in the eighth. He took a little heat for it for watching the shot to see if it would be another home run. He’s batting .364 with two doubles, two homers, and four RBIs. Bregman is now at .273 with a double and two home runs. He’s driven in one run in each of the five games so far.

Both of “our boys” are making us proud. Mazel tov. I wonder how they’ll do on the rubber chicken circuit (kids, ask your parents) in the off-season.

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