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Joc Pederson helps the Dodgers force a Game 7 of the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers held off the Houston Astros in Game 6 to force a Game 7 in this classic World Series.

The Dodgers-Astros World Series has been an emotional whirlwind with momentum swings practically every game. Los Angeles trailed Houston 3-2 after a grueling 10-inning matchup in Game 5 where the Astros eventually rang victorious 13-12.

The Dodgers weren’t going down without a fight, however, and with the series shifting back to L.A. they took advantage of having the crowd behind them. The Dodgers beat Houston 3-1 to force a Game 7 behind the power of their bullpen and the sudden hitting streak of Joc Pederson.

After Game 5 Yasiel Puig promised a Game 7 and his team delivered on that promise.

ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle writes,

“‘After Game 5 (I said) it’s not going to be done today,’ Puig said. ‘It’s going to be done tomorrow. (Someone) is going to win the World Series tomorrow.’”

Rich Hill was the starting pitcher for L.A. and he went 4 and ⅔ solid innings before being pulled by manager Dave Roberts. Hill only allowed one run while on the mound– a home run to George Springer.

The Dodgers’ bullpen came through for Hill in Game 6 like they couldn’t in Game 2. They didn’t surrender any more runs to the Astros.

But it was Pederson who stepped up for L.A. and hit an opposite-field HR to give the Dodgers a 3-1 cushion in the seventh, which would be the final score of the game.

Pederson has had a tough year where he was so inconsistent in the regular season, he was sent down to Triple-A.

Now he’s back on the Dodgers’ roster when it matters the most and he’s redeeming himself for his off year, and he’s rewarding Roberts’ trust in him by coming up clutch for the boys in blue.

Pederson’s Game 6 home run is his third of the World Series and he’s playing so well that if L.A. wins it all he may wind up a World Series MVP to cap off a season of extreme highs and lows.

After Joc’s shot to left field, L.A.’s closer, Kenley Jansen, came in the eighth to shut Houston down for a two-inning save. He efficiently retired six batters in a row with just 19 pitches after giving up a run in his last three appearances on the mound.

Now the Dodgers have a chance to close it out at home in Game 7 with Pederson in rhythm and Jansen’s back to form.

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