World Series 2022 Game 1: Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros – live! | World Series


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Rob Thomson comes in to take out Suarez and keep him fresh for a potential start later in the series.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 8th inning

Can Tucker make this the Kyle Tucker Game? He tries in his first swing, but he just hits it foul. 0-1. The FOX graphic just called him “King Tuck” and I am absolutely not going to call him that because that would be a career-altering typo on my part. Tucker fouls off the next pitch. That’s an 0-2 count. The next pitch? That’s too low. 1-2.

And you cannot stop Tucker, he hits a single on the 1-2 count.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 8th inning

What do I root for in games like this? A part of me roots for a quick resolution and the other part roots for the most dramatic possible game. Here we come to a key half-inning: all the Astros need to do is score a run here and hope their bullpen can give them a few more outs. That would get me out of here quicker but, honestly, this feels like a game that deserves to go into extra innings. I leave it up to the Baseball Gods.

Suarez is out to face Bregman. He bounces back one to the pitcher who throws to first for a quick, easy out.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 8th inning

Segura immediately skies one up and we’re heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 8th inning

Stott is up next. He gets in the same 0-2 hole as Bohm falls into, maybe some pinch-hitting should have already happened here? Then again, there are still potential extras. Stott takes a ball, the first of the inning. Stott hits a long fly and becomes the second out of the inning.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 8th inning

Rafael Montero is pitching for Houston, Bohm is leading off. There’s been no pinch-hitting so far, we’re around that time in the game where we’re likely to start seeing some. He takes on Bohm in three pitches. That’s efficient.

Good news for Philadelphia:

The team with the first steal in each of the last five World Series — the team with the “Taco Hero” that is — has won it all.

— Manny Randhawa (@MannyOnMLB) October 29, 2022

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 7th inning

Álvarez takes ball one. 1-0. Suarez’s next pitch is in for a strike. 1-1. The next pitch is away. 2-1. He sees a lot of pitches away. Not the next one though, as that’s a called strike. 2-2. The next pitch is very close but just outside. 3-2. Suarez strikes him out to end the inning! We’re still tied after seven. Should I just get caffeine now?

Here comes the Big Test yet again: Álvarez is up and that means a pitching change. My notes have it as Ranger Suarez, normally a starter but the Phillies think they can get him a little work in here before his potential start later in the series.

It’s the World Series, you do whatever it takes.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 7th inning

Peña is up now and he grounds out to first. Well this is going swiftly so far. Two down.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 7th inning

Eflin faces Altuve, who has been quiet this game and remains quiet as he promptly grounds out.

Seventh inning stretch

I post this clip at least once per World Series. If we end up being tied in the 14th inning, I reserve the right to reuse it.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

Héctor Neris will be pitching to Nick Castellanos. Just a side note: this is an extremely bad time for any broadcasters to make any serious announcements. Just trust me.

Castellanos takes a ball and then takes a wild, wild, wild swing at a pitch perhaps a bit outside. 1-1. The bases are loaded, did I mention that? That feels like a pertinent detail. On 1-1, Castellanos fouls one away. 1-2. He just barely stays away from the next ball. Somehow. 2-2. He doesn’t the next time around as he strikes out with the bases loaded. There will be no memes after that inning.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

Two on, two out, Harper on the plate. Man does this feels like a key at-bat, doesn’t it? Abreu throws a fastball that’s out of the zone. 1-0. The next pitch? In the dirt. 2-0. Lots of 2-0 counts in the last few innings. The next pitch is too high. Ball three. 3-0. A walk wouldn’t be the worst possible outcome here, to be honest.

Instead, Abreu just throws a strike that Harper takes. 3-1. The next pitch is also too high and that’s the second-straight walk from Abreu. Here comes head coach Dusty Baker to make a pitching change.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

The Realmuto Of Philadelphia is up with one on and two out. He swings and misses at a pitch just outside. 0-1. The next pitch, that’s in the dirt. 1-1. The next pitch, Abreu doesn’t get a call on a ball just on the lower corner. 2-1. On the next pitch, Abreu throws a ball and Schwarber dashes to second for a successful stolen base that wins America a free taco.

Who says it’s all bad news here in the States?

It’s a 3-1 count on Realmuto, who takes ball four and sets the table for Bryce Harper, who is hitting next.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

With Schwarber on first, Abreu faces Hoskins who takes a ball, a strike and a ball. In the meantime, they’re rightfully ruling that Schwarber made it to first on a clean infield single. The next pitch? That’s right in there for a strike. 2-2. On the next pitch, Hoskins extends himself and strikes out swinging.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

Schwarber is up next. He takes a slider for a strike and then a ball that bounces in front of him. 1-1. He takes another strike looking. 1-2. The next pitch is also in the dirt but doesn’t quite do the bouncing thing. 2-2. He hits the next one right over Abreu’s hand for a chopper that goes as an infield hit in my opinion. The scorer might rule it an error.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 7th inning

Abreu is still out there for Houston, pitching to Brandon Marsh (who sounds like he shares a name with a South Park character, but I believe is a real-life human being despite a somewhat cartoonish beard). He hits a towering flyball that’s just an easy out.

Email from David Bertram:

My old boss is a big Philly fan. He’d get a kick out of a shout out to ric if possible. He’s watching in Philly hoping for the best and ignoring my texts. Dave

I imagine that he’s watching, Philly sports fans are very dedicated.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 6th inning

Maldonado is up next. He takes a ball. And a ball. Another 2-0 start with another Houston hitter. Eflin feels like he’s not quite finding his spots and the Astros aren’t going to give him any help.

Or maybe not. Maldonado grounds out to third and forces the Houston infield to make a nifty play for the out. The Phillies keep the Astros off the board in the sixth. We’re still tied.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 6th inning

Chas McCormick is here to try to make something happen. At this point, the possibility of extra innings is starting to loom large. Houston has2 already played that 18-inning game, so I have to like their odds if that happens. McCormick takes two straight balls to get ahead 2-0 and then fouls one off. He holds off on the next pitch, also a ball. 3-1. He fouls another off. 3-2. Full count. McCormick takes ball four and that means two are now on for Houston.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 6th inning

Mancini’s at-bat with Gurriel at first and one out in the inning. Mancini takes a ball that Realmuto can’t quite frame. 1-0. The next pitch is also away. 2-0. Eflin finally gets his sinker in the zone with the next pitch. 2-1. He connects on the next pitch but just skies one straight up that’s caught in foul ground. That’s two out in the inning.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 6th inning

Speaking of “out,” so’s Alvarado. In is Zach Eflin, facing Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel takes a ball outside. 1-0. The next pitch is right down the middle for strike two. 1-1. He then hits a chopper, but Gurriel’s throw takes the first baseman just off the base. Still, a good attempt but the result is an Astro baserunner.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 6th inning

Here comes Alvarado’s toughest challenge: getting Kyle Tucker out. He’s accounted for four of Houston’s five runs. This time around he just hits the first ball he sees into the outfield for an out.

Oh wait, that’s why they call it the “out field.” My mind is blown.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 6th inning

Jean Segura is up yet again. It feels like he’s always up. He swings at Abreu’s first two offerings and falls into a 0-2 hole quickly. And make that 0-3. Wow, that’s a 1-2-3 top of the sixth with the Astros getting a chance to untie this in the bottom here.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 6th inning

Abreu’s first pitch to Stott, also a ball. The next two pitches are called strikes, so he’s down 1-2 quickly. They weren’t lying about this Houston pen, apparently. The next pitch? That’s called strike three.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 6th inning

Bryan Abreu is pitching for Houston which means that Verlander will, officially, not get his first World Series win tonight. Don’t worry, pitching wins are meaningless junk. If the Astros pull of a win here, he’ll be more than happy. Abreu is facing Bohm, who takes a ball. 1-0. He then flies out on the next pitch. That was quick.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Alex Bregman takes a strike, then swings away. 0-2. The next pitch is a ball, but Alvarado gets him to swing and miss. That was efficient and the Phillies keep it tied. Now they need to score runs and hope that their thin bullpen keeps the Astros off the board.

Nobody ever said winning a World Series game was supposed to be easy.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Alvarado is here to face the dangerous Álvarez. His first pitch is a ball but Álvarez pops up his second offering so that move has worked out so far.

Email from Richard Woods:

Good morning, Hunter. Here in China I got access to every game in the regular season on my mlb.com subscription, then the post season gets blocked. Thanks, MLB. Actually, to be fair to them, they did unblock the second game of the AL Wild Card series. As a Blue Jays fan, I really wish they hadn’t bothered.

Richard Woods

Not so shockingly, Rob Manfred’s MLB is not making it easy for fans to watch games anywhere.

And Aaron Nola is coming out and my notes say it’s Jose Alvarado coming in. Aggressive bullpen move from Philadelphia, let’s see if it pans out.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Nola is out for the fifth and, believe it or not, is currently not in line for a loss. Peña takes a ball and then swings out wildly. 1-1. The next pitch is too high. 2-1. Feels like that’s a common count this evening. Another wild swing from Peña. 2-2. And another swing-and-miss here for a leadoff strikeout for Nola.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 5th inning

Castellanos is up next. He fouls off a Verlander fastball and then another. 0-2. Astros fans get up to try to will a strikeout here. The next pitch is, however, a ball outside. 1-2. He reaches to stay alive. 1-2. He reaches and does not stay alive. That’s strike three and Verlander gets out of the inning without further damage but the game is tied.

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 5th inning

We mentioned that Verlander has yet to win a World Series game before, right? Well, he was cruising for his first one until the Phillies did what they’ve been doing all postseason. Bryce Harper is up next with Realmuto on second. He takes a strike and then fouls one often. After taking a ball, he grounds out, getting Realmuto to third but making the inning’s second out.

Game-tying double! (Phillies) Phillies 5-5 Astros

Phillies 5-5 Astros, top 5th inning

J.T. Realmuto “For My Fake Friends, Fakemuto For My Real Friends) is up there and he fouls off his first pitch and then hits a double that scores both runners! It’s a tie game!

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 5th inning

Hoskins is back up with a chance to really do some damage but instead of he flies one up to centerfield for the first out. That might have just extended Verlander’s outing.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 5th inning

Schwarber gets ahead of the count 2-0 before fouling off a Verlander first pitch and then taking strike two. 2-2. The next pitch is high. 3-2. Schwarber fouls the next pitch off. Still a full count. He takes the next pitch and the Phillies now have runners on first and second base with nobody out.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 5th inning

The Phillies have kept the Astros off the board. It’s time to see if they can score and Marsh does his best to get things going by hitting a leadoff double off of Verlander.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, bottom 4th inning

Altuve is up once more. He takes a strike. 0-1. And another strike 0-2. A generous zone, this. On the next pitch, Altuve gives the ball a ride but it’s a short one that ends in left field for a flyball out to end the inning. To the fifth!

Phillies 3-5 Astros, bottom 4th inning

Maldonado is up next. He fouls off one and just shortens his swing enough to take a ball. 1-1. The next pitch is also out of the zone and Maldonado doesn’t even attempt to swing. 2-1. He then grounds out to short for the second out of the inning.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, bottom 4th inning

McCormick is back out to face Nola, who is back out there. His first pitch is a ball, as is the second. He gets McCormick to swing and miss on his next two pitches. 2-2. And hey, how about a third straight swing-and-miss for his first out of the inning?

@HunterFelt I hate to say “I told you so”, but I did say going wth Nola was a mistake…

— Nicholas Varley (@npvarley) October 29, 2022

Possibly, but the game’s not anywhere close to over. That was a very promising counter-attack by the Phillies bats and now they have to see if Nola can keep the ‘Stros of the board.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Jean Segura is up now with two on and still two out. They just have refused to make the final out here and that’s been the reason that Philadelphia have decided that this is going to be a game.

And as I type that, Segura pops out to end the inning. Still, the point stands. The FOX booth goes to break to the tune of the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and I approve.

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Well this says something about the Phillies’ mentality. Meanwhile, Bryson Stott is up with Bohm on second. Verlander gets ahead 1-2 but throws a ball. Then Stott fouls two pitches off. 2-2. Make that three pitches off. Still 2-2. He nearly falls all the way over fouling the next pitch. Verlander’s up to 66 pitches. The next pitch is in the dirt. 3-2. The next pitch? Way too high and Stott has worked a walk. Emphasis on the “work” part.

Two-run double! (Phillies!) Phillies 3-5 Astros

Phillies 3-5 Astros, top 4th inning

And Bohm hits a double, it’s all of a sudden a two-run game! That’s an answer for you!

RBI single! (Phillies) Phillies 1-5 Astros

Phillies 1-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Just bad luck for Philadelphia there as that was just a little too hard-hit to get that runner in from second base completely safely. Castellanos is up next with a chance here, but he quickly fouls off the next two pitches to fall into a 0-2 hole. He just barely holds on to his swing on a slider quite far away from where he could have possibly hit it. On 1-2, Castellanos golfs a base hit that scores Hoskins and sends Harper to second.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Runner in scoring position for Bryce Harper, batting with two outs. Harper hits a base hit but Hoskins can’t score from second and has to stay at third base.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Verlander gets into a 0-2 count on Realmuto. The heart of the order is up here with Hoskins on base. He hits a comebacker to Verlander who is able to corral the ball and toss it to first for the out. Hoskins makes it to second on the play, however.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 4th inning

Hoskins with a base hit. So, no no-no for Justin Verlander this game.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 4th inning

This might be a big inning for Philadelphia. Do they start chipping away at the lead or they fold? Schwarber is up next and he’s definitely the team’s best bit to start making things happen. Unfortunately, Verlander is still in the game.

Verlander throws a pitch out of the zone. 1-0. Schwarber swings at the next pitch, makes no contact. 1-1. He gets a strike call on the next pitch and then fouls the next one off. 1-2. The next pitch looks a bit like strike three but gets called a ball. 2-2. On the next pitch Schwarber flies out to center.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Mancini is up here. He takes a strike and fouls a ball off. He’s down 0-2, but again the last time Nola got a batter in that count it ended badly for him. Mancini fouls another off, still 0-2. He then grounds out to short. The inning is over but Houston is up big early.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

So I’m thinking that this is the Kyle Tucker Game unless the Phillies pull off a massive comeback. Meanwhile, this inning continues for Nola, who now has to face Yuli Gurriel. The good news is that the bases are empty? Gurriel takes the first three pitches and comes out ahead 2-1. He then fouls the next pitch off. 2-2. He then grounds out into the infield and that’s finally the second out of the inning.

Three-run home run! (Astros) Phillies 0-5 Astros

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

And here’s Tucker again. He has a chance to be a hometown legend this at-bat. He hits Nola’s first pitch foul and then takes a strike. 0-2. Nola tries to get him to chance with a low ball but there’s no dice. 1-2. He wouldn’t mind a strikeout right here, one imagines. The next pitch is a ball in the dark. Didn’t get it there. 2-2. Tucker breaks his bat on the next pitch, the ball goes foul and out of play. Still 2-2. The next pitch is outside. 3-2. A much tougher at bat than this seemed it would be after Tucker fell 0-2. The payoff pitch.. Tucker hits yet another home run! OH MY GOODNESS!

Phillies 0-2 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Alex Bregman is up with a chance to drive in a third run the easy way. He takes Nola’s first pitch as a ball, then does the same with the second. 2-0. Nola’s third pitch in the at-bat is called a strike looking. 2-1. Bregman has yet to swing. Ball three. Still no swing. 3-1. And he doesn’t swing at ball four. It’s now first and third. Still just one out.

Phillies 0-2 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Álvarez legs out an infield single that lets Peña make it to third. However, the Phillies challenge it and they may be right. It looks like he’s out on replay. And, indeed, he’s out at first but the runner at third remains with just one out.

Phillies 0-2 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Peña is up again for the Astros in the bottom of the third. Houston have already scored the amount of runs I had them winning in my prediction, so I’ve found myself in the weird position of hoping for absolutely no further baseball action. Nola starts him off with a ball. 1-0. Peña swings and misses and then… tries to bunt himself on? Weird leadoff strategy, but the ball goes foul so no harm, no foul.

Well, okay, so that counts as a strike so there’s a little bit of harm and the ball did go foul so maybe that was the wrong expression.

In any case, He fouls a ball off and then hits a double. The lesson: never bunt.

Phillies 0-2 Astros, top 3rd inning

Brandon Marsh pops up on the first pitch he sees, but it’s out of play so it’s just a strike. 0-1. Marsh has one of those old-timey prospectors’ beards. In fact, this is a bit of a hairy ballclub in general, very much not a dress code like the Yankees. Marsh fouls the next pitch off and then takes strike three. So Verlander faces the minimum through three.