The Philadelphia Phillies mashed their way to an 7-0 victory against their opponents the Houston Astros Tuesday evening to secure an 2-1 lead in the World Series.
After the Astros were quick in games 1 and 2 the Phillies came back to the party in Game 3 and jumped into a 4-0 lead after just two innings due to home runs from Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, and Brandon Marsh. Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins added home runs each in the fifth inning to increase the Phillies to a larger lead.
Based on ESPN Stats & Information research, Philly became the first team to score five home runs within the first five innings a World Series game. It was a difficult evening for Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. with five home runs he allowed in Game 3 the highest number allowed by any pitcher in one World Series.
Here are a few of the most memorable moments and lessons in Game 3.
Home runs Home runs, home, home runs.
Add two more, and you’ll have the total amount of homers that the Phillies made on Tuesday, against the Astros. The Phillies’ lineup smashed it off Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., with Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper, Brandon Marsh and Alec Bohm all contributing to the record-breaking score Tuesday night. McCullers finished the night by pitching 4 1/3 innings. with seven runs allowed on six hits, five of them homers -in addition to walking one and striking out five.
The runs scored were deemed to be excessive as Phillies pitcher Ranger Suarez turned into a dominant performance in five innings without allowing a run with just three hits, walking only one, as well as struck out 4. The Astros lineup had a tough time generating any momentum throughout the night and only had three bats that had runners scoring. The Astros saw little from their top lineup, with only the top five batters including Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, and Kyle Tucker — combining to hit just one time.
More dingers for Philly
The Phillies home run parade continues.
Philadelphia was the final game of Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. The evening began in the fifth with 2 homers. The first one came from Phillie’s fielder Kyle Schwarber who hit an 87.9 changeup at 87.9 mph over the fence of the centerfield, clocking up to 443 feet. The blast increased the advantage to 6-1 before knocking into Brandon Marsh, who hit a single to reach base. The second was by first baseman Rhys Hoskins who launched an 85.1 velocity slider through the fence in left field to score 7-0.
McCullers concluded the evening in 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs and only one strikeout, 5 walks, and five homers. McCullers is currently tied for the record for most hits allowed to be hit in one World Series — and the other pitchers had to play several games to get to the record.
Marsh helps to strengthen the Phillies the lead
Brandon Marsh got just enough. Barely.
With Philadelphia in a 3-0 lead with just two innings remaining 2nd inning, The Phillie’s center fielder was facing the 2-0 mark against Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. He then threw an elongated 83.7-speed slider that drove the ball just across the field, expanding the lead to four to.
The homer was Philadelphia’s third hit in just two innings. It came after an inning-one shot hit from Bryce Harper and an RBI hit from Alec Bohm to start the second inning.
The umpires inspected the ball to verify that it was over the fence. replays of a fan who was young dropping the ball back onto the field.
Harper might have a magical touch. Before Bohm’s at-bat, Harper summoned his Phillies third-baseman to inform him something. Bohm hit a first-pitch 93.2 mph fastball over the fence in left field. What Harper said to Bohm remains unsolved, however. When interviewed by the Fox program about what Harper spoke about, Bohm declined to comment.
A solid alliance
The World Series rivalry between the Astros and Phillies extends far beyond the field as well into kitchens in Philadelphia restaurants.
Two well-known Philadelphia eateries Angelo’s Pizzeria and Mike’s BBQ have turned down requests for catering from Houston Astros.
In a post on Mike’s BBQ’s Instagram account, Astros dietician Lisa Clarke called Mike’s BBQ in hopes of ordering catering for team members. However, in the post, Clarke mentions a “Gil” and seems to be looking for Latin food that isn’t available at Mike’s.
The Philadelphians on the internet speculated that the team could be trying to contact Gil Arends, co-owner of Puyero Venezuelan Flavor, a restaurant serving Latin food.
In Angelo’s Pizzeria’s Instagram account the owner Danny DiGiampietro asserted that he was not cooking for the Astros following the incident in which Phillie’s patrons mistook his restaurant for Angelo’s Hoagies, which also serves food.
No word on whether the Astros were allowed to eat before Game 3
Lineups, pitchers, and lineups from Game 3.
Starting pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 47.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 50 K) against. Ranger Suarez (10-7, 155.1 IP, 3.65 ERA, 129 K)
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.300 AVG, 28 HR, .921 OPS)
2. Jeremy Pena (R) SS (.253 AVG, 22 HR, .715 OPS)
3. Yordan Alvarez (L) LF (.306 AVG, 37 HR, 1.019 OPS)
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B (.259 AVG, 23 HR, .820 OPS)
5. Kyle Tucker (L) RF (.257 AVG, 30 HR, .808 OPS)
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B (.242 AVG, 8 HR, .647 OPS)
7. David Hensley (R) DH (.345 AVG, 1 HR, 1.027 OPS)
8. Chas McCormick (R) CF (.245 AVG, 14 HR, .738 OPS)
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C (.186 AVG, 15 HR, .600 OPS)
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF (.218 AVG, 46 HR, .827 OPS)
2. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B (.246 AVG, 30 HR, .794 OPS)
3. J.T. Realmuto (R) C (.276 HR, 22 HR, .820 OPS)
4. Bryce Harper (L) DH (.286 AVG, 18 HR, .877 OPS)
5. Nick Castellanos (R) RF (.263 AVG, 13 HR, .694 OPS)
6. Alec Bohm (R) 3B (.280 AVG, 13 HR, .713 OPS)
7. Bryson Stott (R) SS (.234 AVG, 10 HR, .653 OPS)
8. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.277 AVG, 10 HR, .723 OPS)
9. Brandon Marsh (R) CF (.245 AVG, 11 HR, .679 OPS)
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