Reliving the many momentum swings of marathon Game 5

Game 5 of the 2017 World Series was the single craziest postseason game since, well, Game 2 back on Thursday.

In a game where Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel took the mound, it was the sluggers who shone brightest, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros combined to score 25 runs.

In their last game of the year at Minute Maid Park, the Astros treated their home faithful to a win that gives the club a 3-2 edge, with the series heading back to Los Angeles for the final games.

What will follow is not yet known. What has happened are some of the most monumental swings of mojo the postseason has ever seen:

Yuli’s three-run dinger ties the game

The Dodgers had held the lead right out of the gate – putting three runs on the board off of Keuchel thanks to a key at-bat and rundown from Logan Forsythe.

Meanwhile, Kershaw was spinning a gem through three innings, but it was short-lived as he walked the lead off man to start the fourth. After George Springer came around on a Carlos Correa double to make it 4-1, Yuli Gurriel cashed in the remainder of the ducks on the pond to tie the game.

While it was early, the Dodgers held an 89.4 percent win expectancy before this inning.

Bellinger’s three-run homer steals the lead back

In the top of the next inning, the Dodgers got their three-run lead right back with an answering blast from Cody Bellinger to take a 7-4 lead.

Altuve ties it again on another three-run tater

After the Dodgers got their win expectancy back up to 86.8 percent, Jose Altuve had to go and make it a game again by tying it at 7-7 with, you guessed it, another three-run home run.

Bellinger snags lead with assist from Springer

But Bellinger wasn’t finished yet. His triple in the top of the seventh inning thanks to an ill-advised dive from George Springer gave the Dodgers yet another lead.

Springer’s redemption

Knowing he could end up being a goat though, Springer didn’t take long erasing the memory of Astros fans, by hitting a home run on the first pitch thrown in the following frame.

Correa’s homer

Literally five pitches later, Carlos Correa jumped in on the party, putting a cheap flyball into the Crawford Boxes for a two-run homer that bought – you guessed it again – another three-run lead.

Taylor’s last-strike heroics

In the top of the ninth, down to their last chance, the Dodgers strung together some key base knocks to bring the score to 12-11.

With a runner on third, no hit was bigger than Chris Taylor‘s game-tying single while on his final strike.

Bregman’s walk-off

To cap the dinger fest off, Alex Bregman continued his storied World Series performance with a clutch walk-off hit in the bottom of the tenth.

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Nate DAE – Mood Swings (Official Music Video)

Nate DAE has been working hard since moving to the West Coast and now he delivers an official music video for his latest single “Mood Swings.”

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Syndergaard gets 26 swings and misses in electric start

In a showdown with one of the best young pitchers in the National League, Noah Syndergaard stole the spotlight Tuesday. Not that it’s hard to miss the 6-foot-6 right-hander they call “Thor.”

Syndergaard delivered one of the best performances of his young career against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins, striking out 12 batters and allowing one run over seven electric innings. The big Mets righty topped out at 101 mph and generated 26 swings and misses, according to Brooks Baseball, including 10 whiffs off his slider on 15 swings.

The missed bats were the most by a Mets pitcher in 15 years, according to SNY’s Gary Cohen, and Syndergaard’s strike-to-ball ratio was a dominant 72 to 29. Some more numbers from the 23-year-old’s big night:

  • He struck out six of his first seven batters, including Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon.
  • His sinker topped out at just over 100 mph while his 23 sliders averaged an unhittable 93 mph.
  • He didn't allow an extra-base hit until Derek Dietrich's double in the seventh.
  • His 12 strikeouts were one shy of the career-high 13 batters he struck out last July against the Diamondbacks.

Fernandez, who pitched solidly over five innings and got the first hit off Syndergaard with an infield single in the third, summed up his opponent succinctly, per the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan: :

“His stuff is really, really good.”

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Ranking the sweetest swings in MLB history

More than anything – more than the backwards hat, and the video games, and the unforgettable cameo in Little Big League – Ken Griffey Jr. is remembered for that swing of his, an inimitable stroke equal parts beauty and violence that pummeled 630 home runs and inspired legions of copycats.

On Wednesday, the Kid will be granted his rightful place in the Hall of Fame, possibly as the museum’s first unanimous electee, and will unofficially lay claim to the sweetest swing in Cooperstown. In honor of Griffey’s forthcoming induction, let’s take a look at some other players with comparably eye-pleasing (though unquestionably inferior) strokes:

5. Barry Bonds

Bonds was to baseball what Steve Jobs was to technology, or Jerry Seinfeld was to neurotic humor. During his prime, Bonds was a veritable demi-god in the batter’s box, dismantling baseball’s standards of excellence and the laws of physics with a picturesque stroke that produced 762 regular-season homers.

4. Alex Rodriguez

He may be an attention-craving narcissist, but with a swing like that, can you really blame him? Unnervingly quiet at the plate and remarkably balanced throughout his swing, Rodriguez’s stroke is a thing of beauty, whether you like him or not. There’s a reason why, at age 40, he can still bash 33 homers and square up 95-mph heaters.

3. Ted Williams

Not only was Williams history’s most famous student of hitting, but the Red Sox icon also wrote perhaps the most authoritative book on the subject. A thousand prospects could study for a thousand years, though, and still not come close to replicating Williams’ swing. Despite his best efforts, Williams’ gifts couldn’t be imparted through scholarship. It’s like saying to Pavarotti, “Teach me to sing like you.”

2. Albert Pujols

It's not hard to see why Pujols, the most plausible candidate to break Bonds' all-time home run record, is affectionately referred to as "The Machine." Even with all the force contained within his swing, every part of Pujols' cartoonishly muscular body remains perfectly synchronized as he unloads, without one iota of wasted energy. It's downright robotic.

1. Ken Griffey Jr.

Perfection. Every baseball-loving kid born in the last quarter-century has tried to mimic Griffey’s swing, with that unmistakable waggle preceding the most re-watchable sequence of biomechanical beauty.

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Sixers’ Okafor swings at another heckler in new video of Boston street fight

A second video has emerged detailing an incident between Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor and a group of hecklers in Boston.

TMZ Sports has obtained footage (warning: explicit) that appears to show Okafor challenge a heckler to a street fight, before the fracas grew larger. That heckler had followed the 6-foot-11 rookie down the street, but it was Okafor that threw the first punch.

That same heckler was later pictured passed out on the concrete and bleeding from his temple, although the video doesn’t necessarily show who injured him.

An earlier video showed Okafor engaging a second heckler in a separate incident on what appeared to be the same night.

Boston police have launched an investigation into the incident and officials told TMZ that charges will likely be filed.

In the meantime, the Sixers have reportedly agreed to have a security guard accompany Okafor.

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