Game 3: Phillies Win Game 3 With 5 Homers To Tie World Series Record!

Philadelphia – In Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros 7-0, and in the process tied the record for most home runs hit in a World Series game with five.

Starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed a record-tying five home runs, the most ever given up by a pitcher in a World Series game. The offensive productivity of Philadelphia’s team was greatly aided by the players’ familiarity with one another.

After the victory, catcher J.T. Realmuto stated, “He’s a player that we saw at the end of the year in Houston.” Must have heard his speeches then. Today, all he did was leave balls in the middle of the plate.

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On the final day of the regular season, McCullers allowed just one run over six innings as the Astros faced the Philadelphia Phillies. On Tuesday, though, things turned out very differently.

The Phillies made history by becoming the first team to smash five home runs in the first five innings of a World Series game, with home runs by Bryce Harper (first inning), Alec Bohm (second inning), Brandon Marsh (second inning), Kyle Schwarber (fifth inning), and Rhys Hoskins (fifth inning).

“We talked about it before the game, just trying to get on him early and trying to get on him often,” Harper said. Harper walked Bohm back to the dugout from the on-deck circle before the second-inning home run to give him some guidance.

Harper added, “I think that’s just general chat,” when asked if he and Bohm had talked about the possibility of McCullers tilting his pitches. We’re probing each other for as much data as we can. We just tried to make the most of our opportunities at bat.

When asked what Harper told him, Bohm beamed. In an interview televised during the game on Fox, he added, “That’s between us.” When questioned if Harper’s statements gave him an advantage in the at-bat, Bohm was coy.

“Maybe,” he smiled hopefully once again. In a home run duel with Hoskins, Schwarber’s shot to dead center went the longest at 443 feet. Two sliders, a change-up, a curveball, and a sinker were all home runs for Philadelphia. McCullers hadn’t allowed a home run on 651 off-speed pitches this season prior to Tuesday (regular season and playoffs).

‘Listen, I am what I am,’ McCullers remarked. My pitches will be quite off-speed. That is common knowledge, and everyone understands it. Once again, Phillies batters credited their success to recognizing McCullers’ offerings by sight rather than by feel.

“Pitch shape,” Hoskins said. And the effects of each tone. How it appears to the naked eye when a right-handed and a left-handed hitter take a swing. We really turned forth a tremendous performance tonight.

McCullers entered the game having allowed only three earned runs in eleven innings of postseason play this month. He barely lasted 4 and a third innings before being taken out of the game after allowing all seven runs (five homers). This season, he made eight starts and gave up only four home runs.

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Phillies starter Ranger Suarez received strong support from his offense, as he went on to pitch five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and a walk. Suarez’s pitches were superb, and the Philadelphia crowd has been loud and supportive in every home game this playoff, where the Phillies are a perfect 6-0.

Suarez, speaking via an interpreter, remarked, “The sinker worked beautifully tonight.” We noticed that it moved quite well. The cutter and the changeup I threw were among my best pitches. With those pitches, I was able to get a lot of grounders.

To end on a positive note, I’d want to say that the crowd was fantastic tonight. They boosted me in a big way. They add a spark that can’t be found elsewhere.

Harper’s first-inning home run to the right field set the tone for the evening, though Suarez’s two-strike pitches had the crowd on its feet. With his sixth postseason home run, he now has a.382 batting average.

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“I’m just so focused on winning,” Harper explained. No other thoughts have entered my mind besides that. Just being able to enter this building is a blessing, and I am thankful for the chance to do so. I’m just happy to be a part of this group and this company. I have no other major concerns at the moment.

The 17 home runs hit by the Phillies in this postseason are tied for the third-most in a single postseason. They’ll be taking a 2-1 advantage into Wednesday’s fourth game of the best-of-seven series.

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