Bregman Ends Wild 13-12 Donnybrook
Five-Hour Classic Puts Astros Ahead, 3-2

Bregman: It is finished!
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Forgive the brevity but all the excitement of Game 5 and the record activity at our site caused the 2017 equivalent of the 1960s switchboard "blowing a fuse".

World Series Game 5 will be replayed for a long time as the game that had everything. Five hours long, multiple comebacks, two teams that simply refused to quit until one of them had to in extra innings. It had replays. It had streakers. It had great plays.

Kenley Jansen was clearly low on heat in the tenth inning when he plunked Brian McCann with a 3-2 pitch then walked a patient George Springer that advanced pinch-runner Derek Fisher to second. From there, Alex Bregman waited for a cut fastball he could drive and he did, slicing a single over the Dodger shortstop's head into left field as Fisher sped home ahead of the desperate throw that ended the 10-inning 13-12 marathon.

The Astros fought off deficits of 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7 as they built a 12-9 lead fueled by home runs from Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Springer and McCann. Chris Devenski couldn't hold a three-run lead in the ninth so into extra innings it went.

Joe Musgrove worked through a scoreless tenth to get the win. The only options left after him in the bullpen were the disgraced Ken Giles, the unused Francisco Liriano and Kate Upton. Both bullpens were driving on fumes.

The scene now shifts, after a much-needed off-day, to Dodger Stadium for Game 6 and a rematch between Justin Verlander (Upton's boyfriend you may have heard about) and Rich Hill. The 7:00 PM Tuesday contest will be followed by a Wednesday Game 7 should the Dodgers win.

All that matters is that the Astros must win either night to hoist their first Worlds Championship trophy in franchise annals. Nobody could say whichever team wins did not earn it.

- Bob Hulsey