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Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 6th inning

Valdez faces Hoskins, who hits a seeing-eye single. That’s two on and nobody out. Is Valdez, at 88 pitches, finally tiring?

Phillies 0-5 Astros, top 6th inning

Valdez thinks he has Schwarber struck out on a 2-2 pitch but instead it’s called a ball. As is the next pitch. Schwarber is on base for a Phillies team that desperately needs baserunners.

Email from David Howell:

An observation…

Did the Astros, presumably aware of the reputation for blown leads in Houston when a championship is on the line, make sure to get theirs in during Game 1 so that the Phillies could have the lead to blow in the series? This team seems to have planned everything else…

This is the kind of thing the Baseball Gods tend to frown upon, so I doubt it. Then again, they were just rewarded for that bogus game-delaying manoeuver the last inning so maybe Houston is beyond good and evil.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Gurriel grounds out to end the inning, but the Phillies are now in a 5-0 hole and they don’t quite have as many outs to work with as they did after falling into the same hole in Game 1.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

And Wheeler issues a four pitch walk to Kyle Tucker. It does feel like he’s rattled after the home run.

2 Run Home Run! (Astros) Phillies 0-5 Astros

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Okay, back to actual baseball. Wheeler throws two straight balls to Bregman. 2-0. On the very next pitch, he hits a home run! The Astros are up 5-0.

Or maybe that’s just where the Phillies want them?

The call on the field stands and Houston loses a challenge, which they should have kept for a much more important moment in the game.

Okay, the Houston Astros have challenged the out call at second base which is just the most petty possible thing. No wonder people hate this team.

And the umpiring crew gets together, presumably because the game is going at a little too brisk of a pace and it’s time to slow things down.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Álvarez is up and he hits into a fielder’s choice that’s nearly a double-play. This erases Altuve but Álvarez remains at first. Two out in the inning.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Peña is up with Altuve at first. Wheeler is going to have to spend some time focusing on Altuve, who’s always a threat to steal. Wheeler throws a strike to Peña. 0-1. The next pitch, that’s fouled off. 0-2. And Wheeler gets his third strikeout of the game one pitch later.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 5th inning

Wheeler is pitching for Altuve, who gets another hit right away. This time just a single.

We’re halfway through regulation! However, as we learned in Game 1, that doesn’t mean that extra innings won’t be in play.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 5th inning

Now the bases are cleared for the light-hitting Sosa. Valdez falls behind 2-0. The next pitch is right down the middle for the first called strike. 2-1. Sosa fouls that next one off. 2-2. Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” riff plays in the stadium, which gets everybody riled up, trying to cheer on Valdez’s eighth strikeout.

Instead, that’s another pitch outside. 3-2. Sosa swings at the next pitch, fouling it off. 3-2. He sits on the next pitch, but unfortunately for him, that’s strike three.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 5th inning

Matt Vierling is up next. He looks at a ball and then looks at a strike. 1-1. He takes a wild swing at a curveball. 1-2. He then promptly hits into a double-play, just what Houston was looking for there.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 5th inning

Valdez is pitching a gem tonight, stifling the Phillies’ bats. Of course as soon as I write that, Segura hits a leadoff single.

I am voting for whoever is campaigning on ending campaign ads during sporting events.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 4th inning

Maldonado hits a hot shot to third to end the inning. Bohm has to leap to grab it but in the end, an out’s an out. The fourth inning was rather quick.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 4th inning

McCormick is up and he hits a single that actually sneaks through the fielders.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 4th inning

Díaz is up again next and he obliges with the quick out thing, grounding out to short after just two pitches. Again, Philadelphia would love getting some length out of their ace.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 4th inning

Wheeler pitches to Yuli Gurriel who grounds out to short. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t appreciate these quick outs after yesterday’s endless epic.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 4th inning

Bohm fouls off the first pitch he sees. Then he takes a pitch just inside. It feels like this is a tight strike zone by the home plate umpire. The next pitch? That one is very much a ball by anybody’s standards. 2-1. Bohm swings and misses at the next pitch. 2-2. Valdez gets a called third strike and that will be his seventh k of the day.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 4th inning

And Castellanos, who made a dazzling catch in yesterday’s game, grounds out immediately to third.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 4th inning

Valdez gets Harper to fall behind 0-2, not that there’s any count where Harper isn’t dangerous. He fouls the next two pitches off. Still an 0-2 count. After a pause, Valdez makes Harper his sixth strikeout victim of the game.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Kyle Tucker hits another massive flyball, but this one stays in the park for the third out of the inning. To the fourth!

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

With a runner on first and nobody out, Bregman is up. Bregman swings and misses, according to the umpires, and then takes a ball. 1-1. Then he takes another ball. Wheeler is just missing with the slider here, not a lot but enough for the umpire’s strike zone. Bregman swings and misses on the fourth pitch of the at-bat. 2-2. The next pitch? That almost hits him. 3-2.

And he hits into a double-play! That was not an ideal outcome. There are now two away and nobody on base.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Wheeler is out there for the start of the third inning. One imagines that Philadelphia is looking for depth from him given the fact that they emptied out the bullpen in order to secure yesterday’s must-win Game 1.

Álvarez is up for Houston and he fouls off the first pitch he sees. He then takes a pitch high. 1-1. The next pitch? Also a little high. 2-1. And the next as well. 3-1. The next pitch… is a called ball although it feels borderline.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Realmuto is up and he grounds out on the first pitch he sees. The Schwarber single is for naught.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Runner on first for Hoskins. He takes a strike. 0-1. Hoskins swings away. 0-2. Guessed wrong both times, it seems. 0-2. And he swings for the fences on the next pitch and that’s also not where the ball happens to be. Another Valdez strikeout.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Schwarber falls behind 0-2 and then takes a curve away. 1-2. He fouls off a fastball, that one is 97 mph and it’s sometimes mindboggling that players can even make contact with some of these pitches. The next pitch is a ball. 2-2. As is the next pitch. 3-2. Schwarber connects and deposits a ball in the outfield that somehow ends up being just a single.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Valdez is back out, facing Edmundo Sosa. Sosa takes a breaking pitch for a ball. 1-0. Then the next pitch is a called strike. 1-1. And a foul ball. 1-2. Sosa calls time. The next pitch is in the dirt. 2-2. Sosa fouls the next pitch away. 2-2. Another foul: Sosa is playing the “keep the at-bat alive” game. 2-2. Sosa swings and misses. The at-bat is officially dead.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 2nd inning

And Peña lines out to short to end the second inning. Much less drama that go around.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 2nd inning

Altuve, who started off the game with a bang, is already back up there and he just pops out this time around. Still, can’t blame him for keeping up with the aggressive swinging.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 2nd inning

Martin Maldonado is up next. He falls behind 0-2 and then 0-3. That’s a strikeout for the first out of the inning. McCormick is still on first.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 2nd inning

Wheeler is up again, hoping for a better second inning than his first. He faces Chas McCormick who works a full count. The batters are seeing him well. And he takes a walk. Yet another Astros baserunner.

Just posting this as proof that I didn’t hallucinate that particular bit of baseball wisdom. Nope, other people heard it too:

“Giving up a walk there feels worse than a home run because you feel like you’re giving them momentum” — John Smoltz

— Kev (@klew24) October 30, 2022





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