Extreme heat may have led to record number of home runs in Game 2 of the World Series

Record heat may partly be to blame for the bizarre, historic, and exciting second game of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. 

A record-setting 8 home runs were hit during the course of 11 innings of play. Games with higher temperatures tend to, but don't always result in, a greater number of home runs, since higher temperatures allow balls to fly a bit farther than they would in colder, denser air. 

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Game Two, which the Astros eventually won, had a starting temperature of 93 degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the hottest postseason games in the history of the sport. A brush fire was burning within sight of Dodgers stadium, a testament to the extremely hot, dry, and windy conditions at game time.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Fans wave towels during game two of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros pitches during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his glove after he was unable to catch a ground rule double hit by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros (not pictured) during the eighth inning in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Brian McCann #16 visits Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros on the mound during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: A general view as Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches a Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros game-tying home run in the ninth inning during Game 2 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Jose Altuve #27 and Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrate after hitting solo home runs during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores a run on a RBI single hit by Enrique Hernandez #14 (not pictured) to tie the game 5-5 during the tenth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the eleventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the 10th inning of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eleventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Charlie Culberson #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the eleventh inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Chris Devenski #47 of the Houston Astros celebrates after the final out of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-6 in 11 innings. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Oct 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) and shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and center fielder George Springer (4) celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in eleven innings in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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Some of the homers would've been hit out of the park no matter what the temperature was. However, others, particularly the tying home run by the Astro's Marwin Gonzalez in the 9th inning, might have fallen short of the wall on a cooler day. 

The first two games of the 2017 World Series took place during an unusual late season heat wave and wildfire outbreak in California. 

In fact, Game One set an all-time high temperature milestone, with a first pitch temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit. This didn't just break the previous record for the hottest postseason game — it shattered it. The previous hottest postseason game had a temperature of 94 degrees at first pitch, and it took place in Phoenix in 2001, according to meteorologist Alex Lamers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Fans cheer for Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: A detail shot of the World Series logo on the sleeve of a Houston Astros jersey during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run home run to Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Carlos Correa #1 after hitting solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros is pulled by manager A.J. Hinch during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Fans cheer before game one of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after defeating the Houston Astros 3-1 in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers players including Charlie Culberson (37) celebrate in the dugout after defeating the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with catcher Austin Barnes (15) after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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On Tuesday, high temperatures reached a record-setting 108 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of southern California, which wasn't just a record for that region: It was also likely the hottest temperature ever observed in the U.S. this late in the year. 

Meteorologists and baseball fans have long known that, all things being equal, hot weather is associated with higher scoring games. Extreme heat can help make the difference between a line drive and a shallow home run, since higher temperatures allow balls to travel slightly farther. Cold temperatures, on the other hand, can slightly inhibit home runs. Statistics from games during 2017 show this temperature effect. 

According to mlb.com, major league teams tend to hit better and score more runs during hotter games. "Just 3.1 percent of at-bats ended in a home run at the coldest temperatures; 4.4 percent did at the warmest," wrote MLB columnist Mike Petriello on Oct. 24, comparing games that took place across a range of temperatures.

Given the increased likelihood of more severe and long-lasting heat waves around the world, stemming from human-caused global warming, we might need to get used to games like Tuesday night's. 

The World Series now goes to Houston, where temperatures are cooler, and a domed stadium means the climate will be more controlled. In other words, don't expect another topsy turvy home run derby of a game to occur.

Then again, with these two teams, you never know... 

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