In the evening after Game #3, the news reported Gurriel pulling his eyes slanted in mockery of Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish, which was obviously a racist gesture. Even though I'm sure Gurriel is aware of the sensitivity of the racial controversy in existence in America these days, I don't really think he realized that his gesture fell within that category, being from another country. Reports came out that he really felt bad about it, and I certainly believe him. I also think that the shame and embarrassment that he and his teammates felt led to their offense coming out like a deflated tire the next day for Game #4. Instead of coming on to the field grabbing their crouch like they had the day before, the Astros seemed to come out onto the field with their tail tucked between their legs. The Dodgers didn't even pitch very well at all, but the Astros couldn't do anything on offense.
The Astros came into Game #5 deflated again, while the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead. I had been telling the people I was watching the games with that the Astros were temporarily cursed because of Gurriel's shame, and that the only way they were going to start hitting again was if Gurriel broke that curse. After going 12 scoreless innings since news came out of Gurriel's gesture, he finally came up to bat in the 4th inning of Game #5 and hit a 3-run HR. The Astros and Dodgers have been back to their back and forth scoring tactics ever since. It all seems real enough to me.
Update: During his first plate appearance in the 1st inning of Game #7, Gurriel tipped his cap to Darvish in sincere apology.