Scherzer's injury thrusts Nats' pitcher Joe Ross into the World Series limelight

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Not bad for a TBA. Robles chucked his bat, helmet and gloves, and crowd soon began a derisive chant at umpire Lance Barksdale. The Washingon Post's great sportswriter Thomas Boswell, though, is still optimistic about the chance for the Nationals to win the first World Series for a Washington team since 1924 as is his colleague Barry Svrluga.

"I don't think we'd be in this situation if someone had to give a rah-rah in the World Series", Turner said.

"The schedule, it seems like each year you'll go, you'll play the Phillies and then you'll come around next week and you'll play them again", Strasburg said.

As is the routine of the Washington Nationals, a salute to veterans took place after the third inning with the crowd cheering for the veterans who appeared on the jumbotron before them.

The three-time Cy Young Award victor beat Cole in the opener, and was the Nats' best hope to slow Houston.

Despite the awful news, the Nats still believed they were going to win this game, with Rizzo telling everyone that would listen it would only be the latest chapter to this storied season.

"This is what it's all about", Bregman said.

"We've got J.V. on the mound. It's been fun so far, and just want to keep it rolling".

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Alvarez, who went 3-for-3 at the plate, smashed a two-run homer into the centerfield stands off Ross in the second inning after Yuli Gurriel had hit an infield single. Literally. Carlos Correa walked the Yankees off in ALCS Game 2 and Altuve did so into the winter. Per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, Scherzer has been dealing with spasms in his neck and right trapezius.

Adams took quite a hit just to get the ball but at least got the souvenir and did not drop the beverages.

Orange-clad Houston fans in the right field upper deck chanted "Let's go Astros!" as Nationals fans were silenced.

In the three games here, the Astros outscored the Nationals 19-3, and Washington's monthlong joyride suddenly stopped. The batter, Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, called time before Cole could deliver the pitch, so it's hard to say if he was distracted by the two women exposing themselves in his field of vision.

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Urquidy also is a 24-year-old rookie, also now on this list. "Gerrit Cole, he's the real deal". It was pretty even this whole series. L Thomas, vice president of security and ballpark operations for Major League Baseball. He faced the Nationals in just his 12th big league appearance, joining Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Jaime Garcia (2011) as the only Mexican starting pitchers in Series history.

Ross gave up his four runs on five hits over five innings with two walks and one strikeout. Mixing four-seam fastballs in the mid-90s (mph) with two-seamers, sliders, curves and changeups, he set down the Nationals in order in the second, fourth and fifth, retiring his final nine batters.

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