Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies dominated the Houston Astros 7-0 to grab a 2-1 series lead in the World Series.
After the Astros jumped out to early leads in Games 1 and 2, the Phillies retaliated in Game 3 with a 4-0 lead after two innings, courtesy of home runs by Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, and Brandon Marsh. In the fifth inning, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins hit their own home runs to extend the Phillies’ lead.
According to analysis conducted by ESPN Stats & Information, Philadelphia became the first team in World Series history to smash five home runs in the first five innings. Lance McCullers Jr.’s five home runs allowed in Game 3 of the World Series are tied for the most by a pitcher in a single World Series game.
Here are some of Game 3’s most memorable moments and lessons.
Home runs, home runs, home runs.
Add two more and you have the entire amount of home runs the Phillies hit against the Astros on Tuesday night. Tuesday night, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper, Brandon Marsh, and Alec Bohm each contributed a home run to Philadelphia’s total against Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. McCullers completed the game by surrendering seven runs on six hits, five of which were home runs, while walking one and striking out five batters.
Ranger Suarez, the starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, turned in a great effort, allowing 0 runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four over five innings. With only three at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Astros lineup battled all night to establish any momentum. The first five hitters for the Astros (Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, and Kyle Tucker) combined for only one hit. — Joon Lee
More homers for Philadelphia
The Phillies home run parade continues.
Two home runs by Philadelphia in the fifth inning ended the night for Astros’ starter Lance McCullers Jr. The first home run was hit by Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who hit an 87.9 mph changeup 443 feet over the centerfield fence. The home run increased the advantage to 6-0 and drove in Brandon Marsh, who reached on an infield single. Seven runs were scored by first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who hit an 85.1 mph slider over the left-field fence to put the score 7-0.
McCullers completed the evening by allowing six hits, seven earned runs, one walk, five strikeouts, and five home runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Other pitchers required numerous games to match McCullers’ record of allowing the most home runs in a single World Series contest. — Lee
Marsh extends the Phillies’ advantage
Brandon Marsh was adequately compensated. Barely.
With two outs in the second inning and Philadelphia leading 3-0, the Phillies center fielder faced a 2-0 count against Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. and hit a hanging 83.7 mph slider just over the fence to extend the advantage to 4-0.
The home run was Philadelphia’s third in two innings, following home runs by Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm to start the first and second innings, respectively.
The umpires checked the home run to confirm that it went over the fence, with replay reviews revealing that a young spectator threw the ball back onto the field.
Harper gives Philadelphia the lead
A solid alliance
The animosity between the Astros and Phillies in the World Series extends beyond the baseball field and into Philadelphia restaurants.
Two prominent Philadelphia restaurants — Angelo’s Pizzeria and Mike’s BBQ — rebuffed catering proposals from the Houston Astros.
Lisa Clarke, a dietitian with the Astros, reached out to Mike’s BBQ via its Instagram account in an attempt to place a team order. But in the article, Clarke references “Gil” and appears to be seeking Latin cuisine, which Mike’s does not serve.
Internet users in Philadelphia theorized that the team may have been attempting to contact Gil Arends, co-owner of the Latin eatery Puyero Venezuelan Flavor.
Danny DiGiampietro stated on Angelo’s Pizzeria’s Instagram account that he had not cooked for the Astros after Phillies supporters confused his eatery with Angelo’s, which provides hoagies.
No word on if the Astros were able to eat before to Game 3.