Former Cal State Fullerton player Chris Devenski gets the win for Astros on wild night

first_img Miller: Dodgers and Astros go back and forth to give us a series Related Articles Whicker: Astros’ late win gives this World Series some fire George Springer ends slump emphatically, as Astros’ late power leads to key victory “I had a changeup grip there,” Devenski said. “It kind of slipped on me.”Quipped Hinch: “Laz was perfectly positioned, right where we wanted him.”Devenski collected himself to get out of that inning. After the Astros regained the lead in the 11th, he got through the bottom of the inning, although he allowed a solo homer to Charlie Culberson.“It’s special,” Devenski said of the outing. “I’ll never forget it.” LOS ANGELES — Chris Devenski came to the World Series with a brief postseason history that was, by his own admission, marked by nerves that caused him to pitch poorly.Now, he says he’s not only past that, but he’s got a World Series victory to show for it.“The nerves are gone,” the Houston Astros right-hander said after finishing the Astros’ 7-6, 11-inning victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night. “I was able to overcome them.”A product of Gahr High and Cal State Fullerton, Devenski began the World Series with the added element of pitching in front of his Southern California friends and family. WATCH: Corey Seager puts Dodgers ahead with 2-run HR Astros outlast Dodgers in drama-filled Game 2 to even World Series center_img WATCH: George Springer HR leads Astros to win; Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa hit back-to-back HRs Watch Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe score the tying run in the 10th inning Adrian Gonzalez rejoins Dodgers after return from Italy Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers split, lose to Houston Astros in Game 2 of the 2017 World Series But he came in having allowed four runs in three innings so far in the postseason, enough that some may have lost faith in him.Not Manager A.J. Hinch, though.“My confidence hasn’t wavered,” Hinch said before Game 2. “I’ll put him in the game in the most important spots, because of the weapons, the demeanor he has, the confidence that our team has. It’s always nice to come off of a good outing and feel you can build some momentum off that.”Hinch was referring to the perfect inning Devenski pitched at the end of the Astros’ Game 1 loss. The next time he took the mound was in the 10th inning of Game 2, just after the Dodgers had rallied to tie the score against closer Ken Giles.Devenski nearly blew it, when his errant pickoff throw to second was headed for center field. Fortunately for him, he was saved from a potentially catastrophic error because the throw hit umpire Laz Diaz. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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