Game 3 was worth the wait for the Philadelphia Phillies. After rain delayed Game 3 on Monday, the Phillies and Houston Astros were able to continue the World Series at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday-evening, with the Phillies hitting five homeruns to a 7-0 boxing victory. They lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. A championship is two wins away.
Remarkably, the Phillies didn’t hit an at bat with a runner in scoring position until the sixth inning, after having already built up a 7-0 lead. Bryce Harper opened the score with a two-run homer in the first, and from then on, the Phillies kept piling up against Lance McCullers Jr.. The Phillies are a perfect 6-0 at home this postseason.
Here are a few takeaways from Game 3 of the World Series.
1. Harper put the Phillies in the lead (again)
Prior to Game 3, the last pitch Harper saw in Citizens Bank Park. That was a pennant winning home run. And on the first pitch, in Game 3, Harper saw, . Homers on back-to-back fields at home.
McCullers response tells you everything you need to know:
“I’m just trying to get a good pitch on the record,” Harper said during an interview in the dugout with Fox (video). “We faced McCullers late in the year and we got to see him pretty well. That’s a good team there, so being able to strike first is huge.”
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The homerun was Harper’s sixth of the postseason and his fourth leading homerun in October. Only Albert Pujols has hit more leading homeruns in one postseason. He had five in 2004. The Astros did well to limit Harper in Games 1 and 2 (2 for 8 with two hits and a walk), but it was only a matter of time before he caught one of those game-changing swings. took. It came early in Game 3.
2. Bohm hit a milestone homer
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 1,000th home run in World Series history. Alec Bohm did the honor:
The first home run in World Series history was hit in Game 1 of the 1903 World Series, when Jimmy Sebring of the Pittsburgh Pirates took Cy Young of the Boston Americans deep. Cy Young, huh? You can’t get more brand name. Tuesday’s game 3 marked the first time in World Series history that a team hit three homeruns in the first two innings, if you can believe that.
It should be noted that before Bohm’s at bat, Harper called him to the railing of the dugout to give some wisdom. Bohm wouldn’t reveal what Harper told him during a dugout interview (why would he?), but Bryce has a reputation for being one of the best in the game at picking up subtle narration in a pitcher’s delivery.?
3. McCullers had a historically bad night
The Phillies were far from finished after Harper and Bohm hit their homeruns. Brandon Marsh (solo), Kyle Schwarber (two runs) and Rhys Hoskins (solo) all took McCullers deep into the fight later in the game to give Philadelphia a 7-0 lead. McCullers is the first pitcher in history to allow five home runs in a World Series game. Here’s the homer attack that put the game out of reach:
McCullers had never allowed more than three home runs in a game in his career prior to Game 3. once. The Phillies are the second team to ever let five different players go deep in a World Series game, joining the 2017 Astros (Game 5).
To be fair to McCullers, he probably shouldn’t have been in the fifth inning, especially after Marsh hit an one-out single. He had gone through the lineup twice, looked shaky for most of the evening and the Astros were still very much trailing 4-0 in the game. McCullers stayed inside, Schwarber and Hoskins hit back-to-back bombs and suddenly the game was out of reach.
4. Suarez was excellent
Ranger Suárez’s performance should not be forgotten amid the barrage of home runs. The 27-year old southpaw fired five shutout innings against the powerful Astros and allowed only four of the 19 batters he faced to hit the ball out of the infield (only three on the fly). Seven groundouts, four strikeouts, four basehits and walks allowed.
Houston has two excellent chances against Suarez. They put runners at the corners with two outs in the second inning, but Suárez froze Chas McCormick for strike three. They then put runners on first and second base with two outs in the fifth, but Jose Altuve got stuck and popped into four territory. Suárez was cool, calm and composed, getting big outs when needed.
When Schwarber and Hoskins broke open the game in the fifth inning, Phillies manager Rob Thomson was able to go to his second-rate relievers to secure the win. Connor Brogdon got the sixth inning, Kyle Gibson the seventh, Nick Nelson the eighth and Andrew Bellatti finished the ninth. José Alvarado and Seranthony Domínguez (and Zack Eflin and David Robertson) have had the evening off and will be well rested for Games 4 and 5. That’s a win within a win. An initial victory.
5. The Phillies have dominated at home
The Fightin’ Phils are now a perfect 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park in October and have outhomed their opponents by 17-6 — 17-6! — in the six games. Before these 2022 Phillies, no team had ever hit more than 15 home runs in a span of six home games in a single postseason. What do you think about it? The Phillies have surpassed their opponents 42-15 in their six home games after the season. The 42 is the headliner, but the 15 equates to 2.50 runs allowed per game. That is amazing.
Game 4. Historically, if a best-of-seven equals 1-1, the winner of Game 3 wins the series a whopping 69 percent of the time. That’s good news for the Phillies. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Game 1 starter Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) and rightful Cristian Javier (11-9, 2.94 ERA) are the scheduled starting pitchers.