Dusty Baker and his Houston Astros took a gut punch in their Game three loss against the Phillies as they gave up a record number of home runs through the first five innings.
Alright let's see what Harper does in his first World Series at bat in Philly and-OH MY WORD THAT BALL IS DESTROYED!!! pic.twitter.com/NyDrFiopUR
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The game was originally scheduled to be played Monday night but was postponed due to rain. The day off was a huge plus for the Phillies as it gave their bullpen an extra day of rest and allowed left-handed pitcher Ranger Suarez to take the mound instead of righty Noah Syndergard who the Astros had begun preparing for.
Suarez has been almost untouchable this postseason. He has a 1.23 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings in the playoffs and got the win in the Phillies Game 1 comeback victory.
Tuesday was no different. He went five innings, striking out four hitters and gave up no runs.
The Astros now trail 2-1 with their next two games in front of the Phillies faithful who hope to see their team win the World Series for the first time since 2008 when O.G’s. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins patrolled their infield.
The Astros had their chances to drive in runs and make it a ballgame in both the second and fifth innings with two runners on base but failed at it both times. There was not much Baker could do besides see into the future and find out his starting pitcher would not have any good stuff tonight.
In the first inning McCullers gave up a two-run home run on the first pitch he threw to last season’s National League MVP Bryce Harper.
Bryce Harper called Alec Bohm back before his at-bat to tell him something.
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It appeared McCullers may have been tipping his pitches. After his homer Harper called his teammate Alec Bohm from on deck to give him some advice. On the first pitch of his at-bat, he too hit a home run into the Philadelphia night sky.
He would only go 4.1 innings and give up seven earned runs including a record five home runs in the first five innings which had only happened once in World Series history. They are only two games away from elimination and another disappointing end to a magical year for Dusty Baker.
If they have any hopes of getting the series back to Houston, the offense will need to drastically improve in order to keep up with the Phillies. The likes of Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez have both been quiet this series, The heavy hitters will have to be the two catalysts to lead the comeback.
Game 4 is Wednesday night and will feature a matchup between Christian Javier and Aaron Nola.
Dusty needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat in Game 4.