Game 5 of the World Series was a barnburner that ultimately went to the Astros, 13-12, in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to Alex Bregman‘s RBI single. That game will go down as one of the most entertaining World Series games of all time. Here it is, broken down by the numbers:
0 pitches thrown above 97 MPH
1 stolen base
2 wild pitches
2 hit batsmen
7 home runs
8 lead changes
11 half-innings in which a run was scored
14 pitchers used
16 extra-base hits
16 batted balls that came off the bat at least 100 MPH
22 position players used
97.5 the Astros’ highest win probability in percentage before the final play of the game (George Springer‘s one-out single in the eighth inning)
317 minutes long
417 Pitches thrown
2,670 feet traveled by home run balls
And for the Astros… one win away from their first ever championship.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.