What a difference a couple games, a dozen runs, a limited Nat bullpen and wide awake Astro bats can make.
The Nats were down 1-4 with 1 out and 2 on in the top of the 7th when Davey Martinez brought in Fernando Rodney, who took about 2 hours to get one out while giving up 3 walks, a single and a grand salami.
I swear I got up, made a sandwich, walked the dog, learned to play the National Anthem on my ukulele, came back and Rodney was still pitching.
But I think the momentum switching over to Houston happened when some kid nobody heard of took the mound and just shut the Nat bats down.
The guy who threw about 40 innings in his Big League life STARTED A WORLD SERIES GAME?
That had to feel like taking off your Astro space helmet and discovering hey, you CAN breathe in this World Series atmosphere.
He went 5 innings, gave up only 2 hits. No runs. No walks. Struck out 4.
Greinke gave up 7 hits, a run and 3 walks and K'd 6 in 4.2 innings.
Verlander 6 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and 6 K's.
Cole 7 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs (2 homers), 1 walk and 6 K's.
Dang, Kid Uquidy, you did good.
And the Astro bats woke up while the Nats bats napped.
Tonight it's back to the big names - Cole vs Scherzer - in the teeter totter game.