In the first match of the World Series game NBA, Philadelphia defeated Houston Astros by 5-0. After falling behind 5-0 in the third inning, thanks in large part to two home runs by the Phillies, the Phillies dug in and battled their way back. Neither side scored in the last four innings, but the Astros came close in the ninth with Jose Altuve in scoring position and two outs. However, Nick Castellanos made a spectacular catch to push the game into extra innings.
Realmuto delivered once more in the 10th inning, blasting a home ball to right field to give the Phillies a one-run lead. After an Alex Bregman doubles in the 10th, Philadelphia hung on to win a game that appeared to be over early.
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Since Gam1 has been finished now, They’ll do it all over again. Game 2 will take place on Saturday night. For the time being, here are the finest highlights and thoughts from the World Series opener.
This is why it’s impossible to forecast baseball. Two things we didn’t see coming in Game 1: the Phillies winning a bullpen battle and Nick Castellanos making a game-saving grab in right field. We also would not have imagined the Astros losing a 5-0 lead. After all, a club has only overturned a five-run deficit five times in World Series history.
J.T. Realmuto was the greatest hero for the Philadelphia 76ers, hitting the game-winning home run in the top of the 10th inning and a two-run tying double earlier in the game. However, Philadelphia had a night of heroes, including five bullpen pitchers who combined to deliver 523 scoreless innings.
Philadelphia defeated Houston Astros by 5-0
After two Kyle Tucker home runs and three immaculate innings from Justin Verlander, the Astros lead 5-0 after three innings. Their chances of winning are 95%. The Phillies’ unstoppable offense then erupted against Verlander, scoring three runs with two outs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Castellanos would rescue the day with a two-out diving grab on Jeremy Pena’s blooper with Jose Altuve on second base in the bottom of the ninth. In Statcast’s outs over average fielding statistic, Castellanos was among the worst outfielders in the league, and the play had an anticipated batting average of.480.
Dusty Baker decided with starter Luis Garcia over relievers Ryne Stanek and Hunter Brown in extra innings. It wasn’t the worst decision, given Garcia’s five scoreless innings in the ALDS against the Mariners, but it was certainly questionable with two hard-throwing, effective relievers still in the bullpen. Realmuto welcomed him with a line-drive home run into the right-field seats, just past a leaping Tucker’s glove. The rescue was then made by David Robertson, who got Aledmys Diaz to ground out with runners on second and third.
Rob Thomson had a significant advantage in Game 1. He utilized lefty Jose Alvarado to go through the Yodan Alvarez/Alex Bregman/Kyle Tucker combo in the fifth and sixth innings, and then did the same with lefty starter Ranger Suarez later on. Baker kept Verlander in the game for far too long and possibly picked the incorrect reliever in the 10th inning. This game, however, is not on Baker. Give the Phillies credit for doing everything correctly and producing clutch hits and clutch plays at the appropriate time. And there will undoubtedly be a new storyline in the works: Verlander, the potential Hall of Famer, is now winless in eight World Series starts (0-6 with a 6.07 ERA).
The Phillies quickly regain control of the game, scoring three runs off Justin Verlander with two outs in the fourth inning. Bryce Harper’s two-out line-drive single to right field looked to give Verlander a break, but Nick Castellanos rescued Hoskins with a base hit to left and Alec Bohm singled down the left-field line to score two.
The real issue now is how long Dusty Baker will remain with Verlander. Houston boasts a deep, powerful bullpen that has allowed three runs in 33 playoff innings. Baker might consider moving to the bullpen for the fifth inning with the 9-1-2 batters coming up after Verlander gave a 10-pitch walk to light-hitting Bryson Stott after the three runs had scored. The Astros’ bullpen is capable of covering five innings. Schoenfield & Associates
In the bottom of the third, Kyle Tucker unloads on a 3-2 sinker from Aaron Nola for a three-run home run and a 5-0 lead for the Astros. On the broadcast, John Smoltz noted that Nola didn’t appear to want to return to his changeup after Tucker homered off it in the second inning. So, despite a 2-0 lead, Nola stuck to fastballs and curveballs. Tucker zeroed in on the pitch and smashed it 105.3 mph and 395 feet to right-center, becoming the first Astros player in World Series history to do so.