First #WorldSeries hit for David Hensley!#AstrosTopPlay presented by @MethodistHosp pic.twitter.com/UYNwbhsikt— Houston Astros (@astros) November 2, 2022
Phillies-Astros score: Philly takes World Series Game 3 as Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber lead home run barrage
The Phillies tied a World Series record as they took a 2-1 lead in the 2022 Fall Classic
Game 3 was worth the wait for the Philadelphia Phillies. After rain forced Game 3 to be postponed Monday, the Phillies and Houston Astros were able to continue the World Series on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies rode five home runs to a 7-0 win (box score). They lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. A championship is two wins away for Philadelphia.
Remarkably, the Phillies did not take an at-bat with a runner in scoring position until the sixth inning, after they'd already built a 7-0 lead. Bryce Harper opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, and the Phillies kept piling on against Lance McCullers Jr. from there. 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 gave the Phillies the lead (again)
Prior to Game 3, the last pitch Harper saw at Citizens Bank Park sailed over the left field wall for a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of NLCS Game 5. That was a pennant-winning homer. And on the first pitch Harper saw in Game 3, he clobbered a go-ahead two-run homer into the right-field seats. Homers on back-to-back pitches at home.
McCullers' reaction tells you all you need to know:
"Just trying to get a good pitch over the plate," Harper said during an in-dugout interview with Fox (video). "We faced (McCullers) late in the year and we saw him pretty well. That's a good team over there, so being able to strike first is huge."
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The home run was Harper's sixth of the postseason and his fourth go-ahead homer this October. Only Albert Pujols has hit more go-ahead homers in a single postseason. He had five in 2004. The Astros did well to limit Harper in Games 1 and 2 (2 for 8 with two singles and a walk), but it was only a matter of time until he took one of those game-changing swings. 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 honors:
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, eh? Can't get any more brand name than that. Tuesday's Game 3 was the first time in World Series history a team hit three home runs in the first two innings, if you can believe that.
It should be noted that before Bohm's at-bat, Harper called him over to the dugout railing to impart 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 tells in a pitcher's delivery. Is it possible McCullers was tipping his pitches in Game 3?
3. McCullers had a historically bad night
The Phillies were far from finished after Harper and Bohm hit their homers. Brandon Marsh (solo), Kyle Schwarber (two-run), and Rhys Hoskins (solo) all took McCullers deep 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 onslaught that put the game out of reach:
McCullers had never allowed more than three homers in a game in his career prior to Game 3. Philadelphia's lefty hitters saw 34 pitches from the Houston righty, hit three homers, and swung and missed only once. The Phillies are the second team ever to have five different players go deep in a World Series game, joining the 2017 Astros (Game 5).
To be fair to McCullers, he probably should not have been in the game in the fifth inning, and definitely not after Marsh slapped a one-out single. He'd gone through the lineup two times, looked shaky most of the night, and the Astros were still very much in the game down 4-0. McCullers remained in, Schwarber and Hoskins hit back-to-back bombs, and suddenly the game was out of reach.
4. Suárez was excellent
Ranger Suárez's performance should not be forgotten amid the home run barrage. The 27-year-old southpaw fired five shutout innings against the high-powered 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 singles, and a walk allowed.
Houston has two prime opportunities against Suárez. They put runners on 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 with two outs in the fifth, but Jose Altuve got jammed and popped out in four territory. Suárez was cool, calm, and collected, and got big outs when needed.
Ranger Suárez, Naty 80mph Curveball. 😨 pic.twitter.com/R5YvqfUVXH— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 2, 2022
Once Schwarber and Hoskins broke the game open in the fifth inning, Phillies manager Rob Thomson was able to go to his second-tier relievers to nail down the win. Connor Brogdon got the sixth inning, Kyle Gibson got the seventh, Nick Nelson got the eighth, and Andrew Bellatti finished things off the ninth. José Alvarado and Seranthony Domínguez (and Zack Eflin and David Robertson) got the night off and will be well-rested for Games 4 and 5. That's a win within in a win. An inception win.
5. The Phillies have dominated at home
The Fightin' Phils are now a perfect 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park this October and they've outhomered their opponents 17-6 -- 17-6! -- in the six games. No team had ever hit more than 15 homers in a span of six home games in a single postseason before these 2022 Phillies. How about that? The Phillies have outscored their opponents 42-15 in their six postseason home games. The 42 is headliner, but the 15 works out to 2.50 runs allowed per game. That's excellent.
6. Up Next
Game 4. Historically, when a best-of-seven is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series a nice 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 righty Cristian Javier (11-9, 2.94 ERA) are the scheduled starting pitchers.
Get some rest everyone, let's do it again tomorrow#RingTheBell x @IBX— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
#WorldSeries baseball was back in Philly, and it did not disappoint. pic.twitter.com/PGFYRVla1b— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
The Gang Wins Game 3. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/grpQbcyhgq— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
So much happened tonight. So many moments happened tonight.— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
Which photo from tonight is your fave choice for @Toyota Photos of the Game?
(vote in the poll below please and thank you) pic.twitter.com/FjgkIVv43P
Mr. Rager, Mr. Rager#RingTheBell x @chevrolet pic.twitter.com/zyzKMcWgaU— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
The fans love Bryce and he loves them. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/twkR2JJnIm— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Two more, Topper pic.twitter.com/ETLDi6qKlV— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
The @Phillies tied a #WorldSeries record tonight. pic.twitter.com/S68HbOpDQr— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Talk about a home-field advantage. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/qh83fOkRSe— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Two. More. Wins. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OOYBy5y8QF— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
The Phillies win Game 3
The Phillies have beaten the Astros by a score of 7-0 in Game 3 of the World Series, thus taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be back in Philly on Wednesday.
FINAL: Phillies 7, #Astros 0— Houston Astros (@astros) November 2, 2022
THE PHILS BABY#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/TGoZes2pgZ— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
The @Phillies take a pivotal game 3! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/Wiq8BO0Y9M— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Let Philly shake
#WorldSeries2022 @Phillies— W (@JeanLucPicard84) November 2, 2022
Harper and Bohm homeruns are literally registering on the Penn State University Brandywine seismograph station. The city is physically shaking. pic.twitter.com/etxDev9ILr
The #Phillies were the first team ever* to hit 5 home runs in a game off a starting pitcher (in 1921 vs the NY Giants).— Inside Edge (@IE_MLB) November 2, 2022
The 2nd time the Phillies did it was 101 years later in October, 2022.
The 3rd time they did it was a month later (tonight).#WorldSeries
* per Retrosheet
Usually I'd say nothing surprises me, but I really didn't expect to see the Astros offense so punchless while the Phillies played Home Run Derby.
How it's going in Philly #WorldSeries— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
📽️: @tyler_kubrak9 pic.twitter.com/Lxpq4muauj
Good audio content
As called on French television: pic.twitter.com/FzgeTqbR2d— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 2, 2022
Phillies could potentially threaten this record tonight
the most runs in a postseason game without getting a hit w/RISP is 8, by:— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) November 2, 2022
1977 NYY in WS G6 (3 PA w/RISP)
Bulls beat the Nets tonight.
Vibes are electric in Philly. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/aGat8PnTO7— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Sometimes, you just have to stop and stare. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/PXYU8qulf1— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
Back 2 Back pic.twitter.com/6W8szuZdML— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
Ranger pic.twitter.com/c6GQV3hlmj— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 2, 2022
443 FEET 🤯 #WorldSeries— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
(MLB x @FTX_Official) pic.twitter.com/hDcPlMJpv4
You get a home run! You get a home run! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/iU2PD397wu— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
The Philles' chances of winning Game 3 are up to ...
98.8 percent. A 7-0 lead will do that for you.
McCullers makes history
But not the good kind, at least from his standpoint:
Lance McCullers Jr is the first pitcher in MLB history to allow 5 HR in a World Series game.— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) November 2, 2022