Josiah Gray leaned on his 8 Ks to hold the Phillies bats down in the Nationals’ 2-1, Friday night win. His MLBbrother From Another Mother, Stone Garrett, homered to knock in both of DC’s runs.
Phillies 1B Darick Hall will have thumb surgery. The MLBbro hopes to be back this season.
In August of 2007 when Cameron Maybin made his Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers, he was the youngest player in Baseball.
Over his 15-year career he had 973 hits, but his first came off of none other than seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. In just his second game with the big team, Cameron singled for his first career hit. singled for his first career hit.
His next time at bat? Homer. The 20 year-old rookie singled and homered off of the 45 year-old veteran. So, naturally his third time at bat… hit by pitch!
No one is saying Roger hit Maybin on purpose or anything, but that did happen to be Clemens’s first game back from a five-game suspension for hitting the Blue Jays’ Alex Rios in the back in what the Associated Press called “a testy series.”
Fifteen years later, Cameron made his broadcasting debut with the Yankees’ YES Network as a color commentator and with the MLB Network as an on-air contributor. It’s the MLB Network that has Cameron at this year’s World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros. As an on-air contributor, Maybin opines on several different shows on the network and it’s throle that is allowing him to move around covering different aspects of the series.
Different aspects means doing things like predicting the Game One winner, or breaking down the Phillies’ Game Three, five-home run performance alongside Hall of Fame pitcher, Pedro Martinez.
Cameron incorrectly predicted an Astros win in Game One and correctly pointed out that four of the Phillies five homers in Game Three were hit off of breaking balls, by the way.
Covering the Astros in the World Series puts Maybin in an awkward position. As a player, he won his only World Series in 2017 as a member of the Astros. That, of course, is the year that Houston was caught in a major cheating scandal that rocked the sport.
Picked up from the waiver wire, Maybin joined the Astros in August of that year where he played the rest of the season as well as six postseason games. There are a lot of haters circling that Astros championship like vultures, but Cam lets that roll right off.
In February 2020, Maybin told The Detroit News, “Honestly, I feel like things that went on in the 2017 season with the Astros – which I was there for a month and some change – definitely doesn’t reflect how I approach the game and how I play the game.
“Hindsight is 20-20. It’s tough. Being in that locker room, knowing what was going on, we all could have said something about it.”
Analyzing the World Series games from behind the microphone, Cameron Maybin is definitely saying something now.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker added to his list of all-time accolades by winning his 49th playoff game as a manager on Wednesday night when his Astros no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0 in Game 4 of the 2022 World Series.
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
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 2, 2022
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.
— MLB (@MLB) November 2, 2022
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.