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Video: Chris Taylor hits an inside-the-park home run on the second pitch of the game

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Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor gave his team a quick lead when he slugged the second pitch he saw from Nick Pivetta to deep left-center field at Citizens Bank Park. Fortunately for him, the ball took a favorable bounce off of the chain link fence above the wall, going back towards the left field line. Neither center fielder Odubel Herrera nor left fielder Aaron Altherr had any chance of retrieving the ball by the time Taylor circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

According to Statcast, Taylor went around the bases in 15.4 seconds, good for the third-fastest time on a home run this season. Justin Turner followed up by hitting a traditional solo home run off of Pivetta to make it a 2-0 game.

After Taylor’s homer, the 27-year-old is batting .291/.357/.503 with 20 home runs, 68 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 526 plate appearances.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.