World Series Game 4 Live: Aaron Nola takes the mound for the Phillies against Cristian Javier of the Astros | World Events

Here’s a look at tonight’s lineups. No surprises on either side as Houston’s Dusty Baker and Philadelphia’s Rob Thomson go with their regular starting nines when facing right-handed pitching.

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Houston

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Altuve, 2B
Pena, SS
Alvarez, DH
Bregman, 3B
Tucker, RF
Gurriel, RF
Vazquez, C
Diaz, LF
McCormick, CF

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Philadelphia

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Schwarber, LF
Hoskins, 1B
Realmuto, C
Harper, DH
Castellanos, RF
Bohm, 3B
Stott, SS
Segura, 2B
Marsh, CF

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Hello and welcome to tonight’s Game 4 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies hold a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven-games encounter after smashing a record-tying five home runs in Tuesday night’s 7-0 rout of the American League champions at Citizens Bank Park, where they improved to a perfect six wins from six in this year’s postseason.

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Should the Fightin’ Phils ride that home-field advantage in tonight’s Game 4 and tomorrow’s Game 5 – a deafening atmosphere that right-fielder Nick Castellanos likened to a Liverpool match at Anfield – the Phillies can close out the series in front of their long-suffering home fans and spare themselves a trip back to Houston.

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The Phillies will send right-handed ace Aaron Nola (2-1, 4.57 ERA in postseason), their longest-tenured player, to the mound for his second start of the series following an uneven performance in Game 1, when he was tagged for five runs in four and one-third innings. The Astros will start right-hander Cristian Javier (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who has been a trusty weapon for Houston during their run of four American League pennants in the past six years, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 13 career postseason games.

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The first pitch is scheduled for 8.03pm local time, roughly 45 minutes from now. Plenty more to come between now and then.

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Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his report off Tuesday night’s Game 3, where the Phillies used an early power surge to inch closer to their third ever World Series title and first since 2008.

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Key events

Astros 0-0 Phillies, middle of second inning

Kyle Tucker of the Astros, who had his first two at bats this World Events back in Game 1, falls behind 0-2 before ripping a curveball into the right field fairway for a double.

Gurriel jumps on the first pitch, crashing into third base. Bohm makes the play but Tucker reaches third place. The one significant pocket of Houston fans, mostly concentrated in the left-field second deck of the stands, comes alive to cheers of “Let’s go Ast-ros!” …causing vigorous boos from the Phillies fans surrounding them.

Vazquez is hit by a pitch, giving the Astros runners first and third with one out.

Diaz falls behind 1-2, barely commits a knuckle curve to extend the bat, but swings and misses a big cutter for the second out.

It’s to McCormick, who grew up in nearby West Chester. He works the count to 2-2 before swinging and missing on a knuckle curve.

Nola comes out of trouble in the second, working around the opening brace to keep the Astros scoreless in the Philadelphia portion of their World Series trip.

Astros 0-0 Phillies, end of first inning

And here’s the Phillies’ leadoff hitter, National League Tour champion Kyle Schwarber, to the cheers of the crowd.

Schwarber falls behind 1-2 before flying to left field.

Hoskins works a full count, sending the crowd into a buzz. But the first baseman goes under a fastball and flies to shortstop Pena.

Realmuto falls behind 1-2 before hitting an 81 mph slider.

A good time to share this woman from Hoskins, Jaymebought 100 beers for Phillies fans ahead of tonight’s game.

The goat @jaymehoskins just bought 100 beers for Phillies fans before the game. pic.twitter.com/xlISbvcn9Z

— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) November 2, 2022

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Jayme Hoskins, forward, wife of Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, poses with fans after paying around 100 beers. Photography: Daniel Gelston/AP

Astros 0-0 Phillies, middle of first inning

Aaron Nola takes the mound for his second start of this World Events. The temperature during play is a pleasant 62 F (17 C).

The first pitch to Altuve is a strike, causing the crowd to roar loudly. Chants of “Cheat-er! Cheater!” cascading from the stands, a nod to Houston’s sign-stealing scandal that marred their first and only World Series title in 2017. Altuve, who has struggled this season, is 1-2 down before heading off to center field.

Pena, the ALCS MVP, trails 0-2 amid loud chants of “Let’s go Phillies!”, then hits a brittle ball. Two of nine pitches for Nola, including eight strikes. Good start.

Alvarez, Houston’s dangerous power hitter in the DH slot tonight, goes 2-2 before fielding a fastball to left field for a hit for a single.

Bregman, the 2019 American League MVP (and, interestingly, Aaron Nola’s college roommate at LSU), falls behind 1-2 … then eases away from second baseman Jean Segura.

Aaron Nola
Phillies starter Aaron Nola delivers a pitch in the first inning. Photograph: Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

We’re getting closer to game time in South Philly. The starting rosters were announced, with the name of each Astros player prompting thunderous boos from the sold-out crowd. American Idol, also led by Madison Watkins, performed the national anthem. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, two of the heroes of Philadelphia’s newest World Events Championship team in 2008, delivered the ceremonial first pitches alongside Charlie Manuel, the club’s manager.

We didn’t think this stadium could get any louder than last night, but early indications suggest anything is possible…

2022 World Series
Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley throw out ceremonial first pitches ahead of Wednesday’s Game 4 as Charlie Manuel looks on. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Here’s what the story says about the series leader from Philadelphia. Of the previous 93 times a World Events was 2-1 after three games, leading team won the title exactly two-thirds of the time (62 of 93), including the last five (2021 Braves, 2020 Dodgers, 2019 Nationals, 2018 Red Sox, 2017 Astros) and 11 of the last 14. The most recent club to win it all after leading 2-1 are the 2016 Cubs, 2014 Giants, 2013 Red Sox and 2003 Marlins.

If the Phillies win tonight? Their odds, at least historically, range from 66.7% to 84.8%. In total, 39 of the previous 46 clubs to take a 3-1 lead have won it all, including 12 of the last 13. The only seven teams to have won the World Series by three games to one are the 2016 Cubs, 1985 Royals, 1979 Pirates, 1968 Tigers, 1958 Yankees, 1925 Pirates and Boston Americans from 1903 (which won games 5–8 when the series was a best-of-nine affair).

Lending to intrigue: The Astros likely send AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to the mound for Thursday’s Game 5, while the Phillies tabbed Noah Syndergaard to open an expected bullpen game. It’s a game that, at least on paper, favors Houston from afar.

Essentially, that’s a lot of words to say that Game 4, which is scheduled to start in about 20 minutes, is critically important to the Astros and Phillies.

Queues !

Here’s a look at tonight’s lineups. No surprises on either side as Houston’s Dusty Baker and Philadelphia’s Rob Thomson start with their usual starting nines against right-handed pitchers.

Houston

Altuve, 2B
Pen,SS
Alvarez, DH
Bregman, 3B
Tucker, RF
Gurriel, RF
Vazquez, C.
Diaz, LF
McCormick, F.C.

philadelphia cream

Schwarber, LF
Hoskin, 1B
Realmuto, C
Harper, DH
Castellanos, RF
Bohm, 3B
Stott, S.S.
Safe, 2B
Marsh, F.C.

dusty baker
Astros manager Dusty Baker gestures during batting practice before Game 4 of the World Series on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Photograph: Chris Szagola/AP

Prelude

Hello and welcome to tonight’s Game 4 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies hold a two-game lead in the best-of-seven encounter after smashing a record five home runs in Tuesday night’s 7-0 rout of the American League champions at Citizens Bank Park, where they improved to a perfect six out of six wins in this year’s playoffs.

Should the Fightin’ Phils take advantage of that home field advantage in Game 4 tonight and Game 5 tomorrow – a deafening atmosphere that right fielder Nick Castellanos compared to a Liverpool game at Anfield — the Phillies can close the series in front of their long-suffering home fans and save themselves a trip back to Houston.

The Phillies will send right-handed ace Aaron Nola (2-1, 4.57 ERA in the playoffs), their oldest player, to the mound for his second start of the series after an uneven showing in Game 1, when he been tagged for five runs in four and a third innings. The Astros will start right-hander Cristian Javier (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who has been a trusted weapon for Houston in their four-pennant American League streak over the past six years, posting a 3-game record. -1 with an ERA of 2.70. in 13 career playoff games.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:03 p.m. local time, about 45 minutes from now. Lots more to come by then.

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Fans line up outside Citizens Bank Park ahead of Wednesday’s World Series Game 4. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

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