Justin Verlander made his fourth playoff start and second in the World Series for the Astros. He finished with six strikeouts in five innings pitched, allowing only four hits and one run – a first homer.
On another side, Noah Syndergaard made his second start (fourth appearance) of the playoffs for the Phillies. He was out after three innings after allowing three hits and two runs, including a home run.
Here are the best match 5 games.
Astros 3, Phillies 2 (HOU leads the series 3-2)
Start with a bang!
The Astros took a 1-0 lead early in the first inning, thanks to back-to-back big hits from Jose Altuve and Jeremy Rock. First, Altuve crushed Syndergaard’s lead into right field and made it to third base after a Phillies center fielder error. Brandon Marsh.
Then Peña smashed an RBI single down the middle to bring Altuve in and put Houston on the board first.
Astros’ Jeremy Peña crushes an RBI single in the middle
Jeremy Peña smashes an RBI single down the middle to put Houston on the board.
Catch and tag
The Astros tried something risky early on, but their plan was foiled when Peña was ejected at second base.
return the favor
The Phillies tied things up at the bottom of the first inning, thanks to picture-perfect Kyle Schwarber HomeRun.
Kyle Schwarber throws a first home run
Kyle Schwarber throws a first home run to take the Phillies to a 1-1 draw.
It was the Phillies’ 18th playoff home run at Citizens Bank Park, tying the Astros’ 2017 record for most homers hit at a stadium in a single postseason.
Pitchers take center stage
Both teams were relentless on the mound. Syndergaard had a huge run for the Phillies in the second…
… while Verlander’s slider pulled the Astros out of a jam with the bases loaded late in the second inning.
Not so fast!
Peña reminded baseball fans why he was the first rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove after coming up with a massive play for Houston in the third inning on what was likely to be a big hit from Nick Castellanos.
With momentum on his side, Peña hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.
Jeremy Peña throws a solo home run
Jeremy Peña’s solo home run gives the Astros a 2-1 lead over the Phillies.
What can’t he do?
Peña followed that up with a smooth game late in the fourth inning, throwing Jean Segura first.
Bryce Harper broke Verlander’s four-seam fastball in the fifth inning, good for the hardest-hit ball of the year. The Astros were able to emerge from the inning unscathed, however, as it remained 2-1.
After hitting a double and reaching third base on a wild pitch by Seranthony Dominguez – the Phillies’ fourth pitcher of the evening – Yuli Gurriel was tagged at home after an interview with Rhys Hoskins.
The Astros added to their lead in the top of the eighth inning, courtesy of a big hit from Yordan Alvarez this allowed Altuve to score and sent Peña to second base after Hoskins popped the ball to first base.
Astros outfielder Trey Mancini came with a clutch play when it mattered most in landing a all-important third with the Phillies runners at first and third.
The Phillies fought until the very end, highlighted by a very strong ninth inning that made the Astros sweat.
What could have been
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