LOS ANGELES (AFP) – George Springer hammered his way to the World Series Most Valuable Player award, belting a record-equaling five home runs to fuel the Houston Astros’ seven-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“The wildness of this series, the wackiness of this series, the emotional ups and downs, being able to play in this is something that I will never, ever forget, even if this is the only time I will ever get here,” Springer said Wednesday, after smacking a two-run homer in the Astros’ decisive 5-1 triumph over the Dodgers.
The 28-year-old center fielder looked an unlikely World Series hero after hitting just .115 in the Astros’ seven-game victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
He struck out four times in game one against the Dodgers, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch found himself defending his decision to keep Springer at the top of his lineup.
Hinch’s faith was amply rewarded as Springer smashed the two-run home run in the 11th inning that won game two for the Astros.
Springer homered again in Houston’s game four defeat and in game five he atoned for a defensive miscue that saw the Dodgers take an 8-7 lead with a solo homer that tied a game the Astros would go on to win 13-12.
“I went from the lowest low to the highest high,” he said of that one. “That was the craziest home run I’ve ever hit.”
Springer’s homer in game six accounted for Houston’s only run in a 3-1 defeat.
And, finally, his two-run blast on Wednesday made him the first player ever to homer in four straight World Series Games.
His five home runs in the series tied the record set by New York Yankees great Reggie Jackson and later matched by Chase Utley for the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I don’t know if there’s a cloud higher than nine, but I’m on it,” said Springer, whose 29 total bases in a World Series are a record.
“When he got going, it gets pretty scary, he can do a ton of damage,” Hinch said.
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