LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Chris Devenski, former Golden West College baseball standout, earned his first career World Series victory Wednesday night in a wild finish that delivered the Houston Astros a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 11 innings.
Devenski a Gahr High School graduate attended Golden West in 2009 and 2010 before transferring to Cal State Fullerton and being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2011. He came into Wednesday's game in the bottom of the 10th inning and got the Dodgers Chris Taylor to fly out to center field to end the inning.
The bottom of the 11th inning wasn't easy but he battled through a solo home run by Charlie Culberson that brought the game within a run, and then got Yasiel Puig to swing at low changeup to end the game and earn the Astros' first World Series win in franchise history.
Devenski threw 1-1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit and striking out one. Game 3 takes place in Houston on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 5:09 (PDT).
He was a shortstop and pitcher during his two years at Golden West, enjoying his best season as a sophomore when he hit .338 with two home runs while collecting an 8-1 record on the mound with 68 strikeouts. He had four homers and knocked in 20 runs as a freshman. Devenski was an All-Orange Empire first-team selection in 2010.