Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) leaves the mound after being relieved against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of game two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros entered the World Series as overwhelming favorites. Now baseball fans are trying to ask themselves why after witnessing an epic collapse in the seventh inning of Game 2 on Tuesday night.

It started on the second pitch of the inning when Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki blasted a go-ahead, solo home run off Justin Verlander.

Houston’s All-Star reliever Ryan Pressly entered the game after Verlander walked Victor Robles. Unfortunately for the Astros, Pressly immediately allowed a walk and a single then loaded the bases.

Washington’s designated hitter Howie Kendrick picked up an RBI single on a bad misplay with two outs by Alex Bregman. Bregman’s gaffe proved costly as Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two more runs before things unraveled even further for the Astros.

As Cabrera touched home and Washington celebrated its 8-2 lead, Twitter erupted at the stunning collapse by Houston’s pitchers and infield.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection