World Series score: Phillies win Game 1 over Astros as JT Realmuto home run caps huge comeback

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros, 6-5, on Friday night in a dramatic opener of the 2022 World Series. The Phillies, who came back from a five-point deficit, now hold a 1-0 lead. in the best of seven series. JT Realmuto hit Luis Garcia’s game-winning home run in the 10th inning to hand Houston its first playoff loss of 2022.

The Astros quickly established a 5-0 lead behind a pair of Kyle Tucker homers. The Astros outfielder took Phillies starter Aaron Nola deep in the second and third innings. The Phillies got back into the game, however, tying it at 5-5 in the fifth inning against Astros ace Justin Verlander.

The score remained tied in the bottom of the ninth, when Jose Altuve singled and stole a base to put himself in scoring position. Nick Castellanos then made an impressive sliding grab to send the game into extra innings. That’s when Realmuto homered and the Phillies were able to secure the win (despite the Astros getting the game-winning run in running position against David Robertson) and steal the first game on the road.

Tucker throws two home runs

Kyle Tucker hit two home runs in Game 1, becoming the first player with a multi-home run effort in the World Series since Brandon Lowe did it for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the NBA Classic. fall 2020.

Tucker’s first home run came in the second inning and put the Astros up 1-0. His second, a three-point shot, extended Houston’s lead to 5-0 in the third:

Tucker also became the leading left-handed hitter this season. hit a home run against Aaron Nola’s substitution, and the fourth player to homer in his first two World Series at-bats. The previous three were Gene Tenace, Andruw Jones and Pablo Sandoval, who did it most recently in the 2012 World Series.

Verlander makes history with a start, but loses his mind

Justin Verlander became the second pitcher to record a World Series start in three decades, joining Roger Clemens. He also tied another former Red Sox ace in a different category, in Jon Lester, making his 12th career start in Game 1.

Verlander appeared in good position to record his 16th career playoff victory early on. He didn’t allow a base runner for the first three innings as the Astros gave him a five-run lead. Things fell apart in the fourth inning, however, as he allowed five of six batters to reach at one point, cutting the lead to 5-3.

Verlander would be entitled to one more round, but that would be a mistake. Brandon Marsh started with a double, Kyle Schwarber walked, then Alec Bohm tackled both with a double to tie the game at 5-5. By the end of his night, Verlander had pitched five innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks.

Despite Verlander’s reputation as a big-game pitcher, he entered the night with a career ERA of 5.68 in seven World Series starts. Friday’s performance upped that number to 6.07, the highest mark for any pitcher with at least 30 innings pitched in the World Series.

The Phillies erased a five-point deficit

You feel like the Phillies don’t realize they’re not supposed to be here. They were a third-place team during the regular season and the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, a seed that didn’t exist before this year. They were supposed to lose to the Cardinals in the Wild Card Series or the Braves in the NLDS. And yet, here they are in the World Series.

Apparently no one told the Phillies they were supposed to go easy after falling 5-0 early in Game 1. After Justin Verlander retired the first 10 batters he faced, seven of the next nine and eight of the next 10 reached base. At one point, four consecutive Phillies reached base with two outs in the fourth inning, including Nick Castellanos (single RBI) and Alec Bohm (double two-RBI).

According to Inside Edge, the Phillies chained three or more hits with two outs three times in the playoffs after doing it an MLB record 27 times during the regular season. All other teams did it a total of three times in October.

Philadelphia officially erased the 5-0 deficit in the top of the fifth inning. Verlander needed 36 pitches to get his first nine outs and 54 pitches to get his last six outs. It wasn’t until his last pitch — No. 90 on the night — that Verlander got a swing and missed a break ball.

Overcoming a five-point deficit was only half the battle. The Phillies still had to find a way past a sixth point to have a chance of winning the game, and they had to face the Astros’ excellent bullpen. It wasn’t going to be easy.

Realmuto breaks the tie in 10th

As mentioned above, Phillies catcher JT Realmuto threw the first extra-inning World Series home run in franchise history in the 10th inning, giving Philadelphia a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score. It was also the first over-inning home run in a World Series game by a catcher since the Carlton Fisk outburst in 1975..

Realmuto’s home run came off a fastball thrown by Luis Garcia:

CBS Sports noted going into the series that Realmuto had been the Phillies’ best hitter against rising fastballs, like the one offered by Garcia. From the aforementioned article:

During the regular season, Realmuto was the Phillies’ best hitter against fastballs with at least 18 inches of induced vertical breakup — a fancy way of saying pitches that deviated from a straight line from the pitcher’s hand to the home plate. a foot and a half. . Realmuto beat .435/.567/1.130 against those pitches, hitting three homers, three triples and a double.

Overall, Realmuto finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of extra hits and three RBIs.

Thomson handled very aggressively

Once they tied the game, Phillies manager Rob Thomson almost immediately went to his best relievers. Here’s how he used his bullpen after Aaron Nola got the first out of the fifth inning:

  • Ace left-handed reliever José Alvarado came in to face Yordan Alvarez-Alex Bregman-Kyle Tucker’s left-right-left lane with one out in the fifth inning. Alvarado retired all three.
  • Starter-turned-reliever Zach Eflin then came in with one out in the sixth to face the bottom of the lineup. He got four out and pitched around a field single and a walk.
  • Southpaw and No. 3 starter (and likely Game 3 starter) Ranger Suárez came in with two outs in the seventh to face the Alvarez-Bregman-Tucker lane. He knocked out the first two before allowing a single to Tucker.
  • Seranthony Domínguez, the Phillies’ top reliever all year, replaced Suárez with one out in the eighth. At that point, the game was on the line on every pitch, so Thomson gave his best. Domínguez got five outs.
  • David Robertson, Thomson’s top remaining reliever, got the 10th inning after Realmuto’s home run. He blocked runners at second and third to close out the game.

Thomson used his bullpen aggressively, but also not in a way that jeopardized anyone’s availability for Game 2. Alvarado only threw seven pitches, Eflin 20, Domínguez 24 and Robertson 25. Nothing extreme like 30-40 throws. Suárez threw 11 shots and should be able to start Game 3 on Monday without a problem. Thomson’s use of the bullpen was balanced – aggressive but not reckless.

Five Phillies relievers limited the Astros to four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Philadelphia had a chance to steal the opener on the road and claim home-court advantage, and Thomson went for it. He used his best available pitchers in the game’s biggest spots and fell short for tomorrow, and his reward is a 1-0 series lead.

The Phillies ended Houston’s winning streak

Going into Game 1, the Astros were a perfect 7-0 this playoff. They swept the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS and the New York Yankees in the ALCS before falling to the Phillies in Game 1. The seven-game winning streak to start a playoff was one shy of the all-time record. Here is the list :

  1. 2014 Royals: 8 wins
  2. Astros 2022: 7 wins
  3. Brave 2020: 7 wins
  4. 2007 Rockies: 7 wins
  5. 2017 Dodgers: 6 wins
  6. Cleveland 2016: 6 wins

It should be noted that the five non-Astros teams on this list have not won the World Series. Bad omen? Maybe, but I’ll say this: I’d rather win my first seven post-season games than not. Houston’s winning streak is over, but the World Series is not. They are fully capable of beating Philadelphia four times over the next six games.


Game 2. Historically, teams that win Game 1 of a best-of-seven have won the series 64% of the time, although the winner of Game 1 has won each of the last four World Series and 16 of the last 19. World Trials. Again, a higher power may be at work:

Kyle Schwarber gave America free tacos with his stolen base in the seventh inning. Either way, Game 2 will take place Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. Left-hander Framber Valdez (17-6, 2.82 ERA) and right-hander Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) are the expected starting pitchers.

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