How Will Astros Handle Rowdy Phillies Crowd?
The atmosphere changes dramatically for the next three World Series games in Philadelphia. . A rowdy Phillies crowd will look for any reason to explode. A nine pitch first inning by Ranger Suarez keeps them stirred up, and then in the bottom of the inning Bryce Harper sent them into a frenzy. Harper sends a Lance McCullers curve ball that was left right down the middle well out to left. Kyle Schwarber, who worked a lead off walk, scored ahead of him to for an early 2-0 lead. Suarez appeared to be cruising, getting the first five Houston hitters on just 16 pitches. Alec Bohm held on to a slow ground ball by Yuli Gurriel for the Astros first base runner. David Hensley followed with a single up the middle, but Chas McCormick strikes out on a 95 MPH inside sinker.
Alec Bohm made the crowd roar again, homering on a sinker right in the heart of the plate again. 3-0 Philadelphia, as McCullers struggles with his command for a second straight start. After strikeouts by Bryson Stott and Jean Segura, McCullers hangs a slider to a slumping Brandon Marsh. Marsh, after review, makes it 4-0 as it just hits a fans glove above the yellow line in right. Kyle Schwarber grounds out to end the inning. Phillies become the first team to hit three home runs of the first two innings of a World Series game, according to the Fox broadcast.
Astros With No Answer For Suarez So Far
Suarez gets through the top of the third in just 12 pitches. All signs point to him going six or seven as he continues to command the inside part of the plate. McCullers finally settles down, fanning Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto, in front of Harper. Harper then grounds into the shift as Philadelphia goes down in order for the first time. The broadcast suggests Suarez might not go more than five or six innings, but his line of 58-37 for strikes, says he could go deeper. Houston continues to swing early, giving him quick outs. McCullers now looks to have found a groove, getting through the bottom of the fourth in just nine pitches.
Suarez walks McCormick, breaking a string of nine set down in a row. Maldonado then singles and Suarez stays in to face Jose Altuve. Altuve tries to fight off a 95 MPH inside fastball, but he pops out to Rhys Hoskins. Four home runs, 6-0 Philadelphia, as Kyle Schwarber hits another off speed pitch right down the middle a long way out to dead centerfield. Schwarber drove in Marsh, who singled with one out. Another slider another home run, this one from Rhys Hoskins, ends McCullers rough night. Ryne Stanek relieves him, seemingly two hitters too late. Stanek finally sends the game to the sixth after the Phillies already tie the record for most home runs in a World Series game.
Phillies Well On Their Way To 6-0 At Home In Postseason
Connor Brogdon continued the Phillies bullpen’s excellent outings, working around a single by Jeremy Pena. Philadelphia’s seven runs and seven hits all have come with out a runner in scoring position. It’s yet another first in World Series history tonight. Jose Urquidy works his way into trouble as Nick Castellanos leads off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Bohm then walked, and a wild pitch put them at second and third with one out. The Phillies miss on their first three chances with runners in scoring position, as Bryson Stott, Segura, and Marsh cannot get the runners home.
Kyle Gibson sets down the Astros easily, allowing just a single to McCormick. Houston cannot put hits together as they have just five on the night. Urquidy stays in the game, trying to make sure the Astros do not use too many relievers. Philadelphia goes quietly, sending the game to the eighth.
Philadelphia Halfway To WS Title Behind Rowdy Phillies Crowd
Nick Nelson posts another scoreless inning for Philadelphia’s relievers. Urquidy’s performance is the best thing for Houston tonight, as he pitches three innings of scoreless relief. Andrew Bellatti extends the scoreless steak to 12.2 for Philadelphia’s bullpen. Two more wins and the Phillies finish off an improbable run to a World Series championship.
The pressure switches now to Houston. Four World Series trips in six years gives them a chance to be a dynasty. The problem for the Astros is that they only have won once, in 2017. This series represents their third as heavy favorites, the 2019 series against the Washington Nationals and last year against the Atlanta Braves, being the others. This series either changes or reinforces the narrative surrounding Houston since that controversial 2017 championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Philadelphia’s power bats must be silenced by Astros pitching to give them a chance.
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