Astros desperate to respond against Nationals in World Series
Juan Soto #22 and Javy Guerra #48 of the Washington Nationals celebrate their 12-3 win over the Houston Astros in Game Two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park

The Washington Nationals will look to take a 3-0 lead against the Houston Astros when the World Series resumes at Washington’s Nationals Park on Friday night.

The Nationals have raced a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, as they search for their first-ever Major League Baseball World Series title since 1924.

The first two games of the series were both played in Houston, with the Nationals triumphing 12-3 in game two and 5-4 in game one.

Washington were major underdogs in Texas but now are two games away from a World Series triumph.

Wednesday’s 12-3 victory was emphatic, dismantling the Astros and their dominant pitchers.

The Nationals haven’t hosted a World Series match since 1933, which is 86 years ago, so Friday night’s game will be a major event.

History is on their side too. Only three teams have lost the opening two games of the World Series at home and gone on to win the title.

Astros manager AJ Hinch acknowledged they had some work to do after the game two defeat but remained optimistic.

“Clearly, the Nats have outplayed us,” Hinch said.

“They came into our building and played two really good games. We’re going to have to try to sleep off the latter third of this game.

“They’re halfway to a race to four wins. Clearly, game three becomes critical for us.

“I doubt the Nats are going to feel too confident that they have this sewed up and they can start planning the parade. We’re going to give them a fight for it.’’

Ben somerford
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