Phillies launch 5 homers in 7-0 World Series Game 3 win over Astros
The Phillies tied a World Series record with 5 home runs in a 7-0 trashing of the Astros in World Series Game 3 to move just two wins away from a championship.
Phillies Beat Astros Lead World Series 2-1
- Winning Pitcher: Ranger Suarez (2-0, 1.23)
- Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr (0-1, 5.87)
I have to imagine this is exactly what Dave Dombrowski was picturing in his dreams when he assembled the most powerful team in baseball this offseason. The Phillies destroyed Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr in Game 3, tagging him for five total home runs, which left many wondering whether he was tipping off some of his pitches. Regardless, McCullers is now tied for the most home runs allowed in a single World Series, which he accomplished in a single game.
After Bryce Harper hit a 2-run 1st inning home run sending CBP into absolute pandemonium, he could been seen whispering to Alec Bohm in the on-deck circle. I don’t think we will ever know exactly what Harper said to Bohm, but it’s clear that he recognized a weakness in the delivery of McCullers Jr. Bohm took Harper’s advice or information and hit a
With the barrage of power the Phillies became just the fourth team in MLB World Series history to hit five home runs in one game joining the Astros in 2017, the Athletics, and the Yankees in 1928. The Phillies also notched just their second shutout in WS team history joining the 1993 Phillies who shutout the Blue Jays in Game 2.
Obviously, everyone will be taking about the home runs tonight, but I don’t think you can say enough about the effort from Ranger Suarez tonight. Ranger put the entire country of Venezuela on his back and became just the second pitcher from his home country to win a World Series game. Suarez allowed only 3 hits over 5 strong innings and managed to wiggle out of the few scoring opportunities the Astros could muster. Ranger now has a dirty 1.23 ERA in the 2021 postseason and should be seen as an option for a pitch appearance before this series is over.
I can’t be certain, but with a clean shutout and commanding victory, I think the Phillies may have completely flipped the momentum of this series to such a point that the Astros never recover. With the next two games in the same rocking atmosphere at CBP, it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat this baseball team. I have been saying for weeks how this is a team of destiny and that it would take an exceptional effort, even from the far superior Astros to win the series.
There’s a feeling in the air.. It is the same feeling that Chase Utley and the2008 team had when they won three straight games after dropping Game 2 to the Tampa Rays.
I had a friend ask me if I was nervous that the Astros would mount a comeback when the score was 6-0. I responded with a resounding no. This edition of the Phillies isn’t a team that gives up big leads or collapses. They are the exact opposite; A team that can never be counted out or declared dead.
All the pressure is now on the Astros and it won’t get any easier as they will face what is sure to be a determined Aaron Nola in Game 4. Nola got knocked around in Game 1 and you have to believe he will be loose and ready to perform in front of the home crowd.
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Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies enter World Series Game 4 with a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with arguably their best pitcher on the mound. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:03 PM EST.
FOX will carry the broadcast of the game.
Aaron Nola (2-1, 4.57) will take the mound facing off against Cristian Javier (1-0, 1.35)
Nick Castellanos makes his standard exquisite diving catch in right field. When did Nick turn into a Gold Glover? Insane!
Ranger Suarez strikes out Yordan Alvarez for the final out of the Astros scoreless 1st inning.
Bryce Harper crushes a two run shot off Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr to put the Phils on top on the 1st inning.
Ranger Suarez gets a favorable call on an inside strike against West Chester native David McCormack to end the Astros scoring threat in the 2nd inning.
Alec Bohm adds a solo shot for the Phils second home run in as many innings adding to the Phils early lead. BOOM!
Brandon Marsh gets in on the home run party with the second solo shot in the 2nd inning off Lance McCullers Jr. Welcome to the Bank Astros!
Ranger Suarez, who should have won the Gold Glove this season, makes a great play to stab a line drive from Jose Altuve out of the air and make the throw to first for the second out of the 3rd inning.
Rob Thompson decides to leave Ranger Suarez in, instead of the bringing in Alvarado and his decision pays off by getting Jose Altuve to pop up to Rhys Hoskins in fould territory.
Kyle Schwarber blasts the 4th Phils home run of the game into the center field foliage. Wow, how is Lance McCullers Jr. still in this game?
Rhys Hoskins hits the 5th Phils home run with the 5th inning solo shot.
Kyle Gibson gets the second out of a scoreless 7th inning of relief. Good to see you buddy!
Andrew Bellatti gets McCormick looking for the final out of World Series Game 3.
PHILS WIN 7-0, TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD!
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