Sports Update, Thursday, Oct. 31st – Washington Nationals Win World Series over Houston Astros

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019

The Washington Nationals won game 7 over the Houston Astros last night to win the World Series in Houston.  It was a legendary series and the first time ever that a MLB team lost all four series games at home.

Kendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Nationals overcame a two-run deficit, rocking the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night to claim the first title in franchise history.


And what a series it was! With all eyes on Max Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot in the first Series when the road team won every game. Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington rallied from behind to win five elimination games this postseason, an unprecedented feat. Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation’s capital since ol’ Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.

This franchise started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969 when the major leagues expanded beyond the border.  They moved to D.C. in 2005, ending Washington’s three-decade-plus wait for big league baseball after the Senators left town to become the Texas Rangers.

But the incredible path these wild-card Nationals with the curly W logo took, well, no one could have imagined. Having lost star slugger Bryce Harper to free agency and beset by bullpen woes, Washington plummeted to 19-31 in late May. It got so bad there was talk around town the Nationals might fire manager Dave Martinez and trade away Scherzer. Instead, they stuck with the motto that sprung up on T-shirts — Stay In The Fight.
And months later they finished it, indeed.

For the 43,326 revved-up fans at Minute Maid Park, it was a combination of shock and disappointment. So close to seeing the Astros win their second crown in three years, they watched their chance suddenly vanish as Houston fell apart.

World Series (Wednesday, October 30)

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Oregon Tech (1-0) opened their season with a strong 113-50 victory over Northwest Indian College (0-1) on Wednesday night at Danny Miles Court as every Owl pitched in at least two points in the win.  
 

The Eagles took the lead early in the half, jumping up off a three-pointer from Khalil Chaffin. Tech powered their way back soon after, taking the lead with a 36-4 run and ending the stanza 58-15.

The Hustlin’ Owls expanded their lead in the second period despite an increased offensive and defensive presence from Northwest, who averaged 42.9% from long range in the half.

Due to fires and power outages in California, the Hustlin’ Owls will now be hosting Cal Maritime this Sunday at 3:00pm at Danny Miles Court before travelling to Arizona to take on Park University in Gilbert on November 7th and Embry Riddle University in Prescott on November 8th.

Supporters of Oregon Tech Athletics have helped create a first-class experience for our student-athletes by supplementing expenses related to (but not limited to) athletic scholarships, ongoing facility improvements, travel expenses, and uniform costs.

As a thank you to our fantastic supporters, and to encourage new followers for the upcoming season, fans are encouraged to enter the promotional code ‘TECHTHANKS’ for a 50% off discount to the season opener against Northwest Indian College. Lock in your tickets today at https://OregonTech.UniversityTickets.com.

For the second time in his career, Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award which is given to the college player of the year.

Herbert, who was also a semifinalist last season, has led the Ducks to a 7-1 record and a No. 7 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Oregon signal caller has completed 179-of-262 passes for 2,104 yards and 21 touchdowns with just one interception this season. He is tied for eighth nationally in TD passes and currently has a streak of 131 passes without an interception.

Herbert has tossed multiple touchdown passes in five of Oregon’s eight games, including a pair of five-TD games and a four-touchdown game. The Ducks’ senior ranks in the top 20 in seven separate NCAA statistical categories while completing over 68 percent of his passes.

In addition to being named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week after the Washington game, Herbert has been named both a Manning Award Star of the Week and to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 two times this season.

No matter the team and regardless of the time of the season, there’s no such thing as an “easy” road trip nor a “bad” road win. If anyone forgot those two immutable truths, they were reminded by the Trail Blazers Wednesday night.

Despite shooting under 40 percent from the field and turning the ball over nearly 20 times, the Portland Trail Blazers were able to defeat the Thunder 102-99 in front of an announced sellout crowd of 18,203 in their first return to Oklahoma City since the 2019 Playoffs.

The Trail Blazers are now 3-2 overall and finish their first road trip of the season 3-1.

The Oregon women’s basketball team will open the 2019-20 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, the Associated Press announced Wednesday morning in its preseason top-25 poll.
 
It is the first #1 ranking in program history for the Oregon Ducks basketball team, who are coming off last season’s historic run to the NCAA Final Four.

Oregon opened 2018-19 at No. 3 in the AP poll and was ranked as high as No. 2 while winning its second straight Pac-12 regular season championship.

The Ducks received 25 of 28 first-place votes in the AP poll to earn the top spot, with Baylor, Stanford, Maryland and UConn rounding out the top five. Oregon was also No. 1 in the espn preseason top 25 released earlier this week.
 
Led by reigning Wade Trophy and Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu, who chose to return to Oregon for her senior season rather than declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, the Ducks return four of five starters and seven total letter winners from the 2018-19 Final Four squad.

A more definitive update will have to wait for a few days on the condition of Portland Trail Blazer Zach Collins.

After suffering a dislocated shoulder in the third quarter of Portland’s win versus the Mavericks in Dallas, the Blazers starting power forward/center Collins underwent an MRI earlier this week to assess the damage.

But before decided his status going forward, the Trail Blazers health and performance staff are waiting until Collins returns to Portland for further evaluation by team doctors. He out for the Monday’s game versus the Spurs and Wednesday’s versus the Thunder in Oklahoma City, but that’s as much as Collins or the team would say less than 24 hours after the dislocation.

The 7-0 big in his third season out of Gonzaga, who often wears his emotions on his sleeve, was in good spirits and experiencing little discomfort due to the injury.

When it is permissible around Valley Football Center to talk about the possibility of Oregon State and a bowl game?

Fans relate the Beavers and bowls as long as there is a mathematical chance. With a 3-4 record, that means at least three more weeks of bowl talk from the most optimistic of Oregon State fan, as a team isn’t eliminated until it reaches seven losses.

From coach Jonathan Smith’s standpoint, wait until the end of the season and add up the wins. If there are six are more, celebrate a bowl berth.

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