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Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

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

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

And Wheeler gives up four pitches to Kyle Tucker. It feels like he rattled after a home run.

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Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

Okay, back to baseball. Wheeler throws two straight balls to Bregman. 2-0. He hits a home run on the very next pitch! Astros win 5-0.

Or maybe that’s where Phyllis wants them?

The field call stands and Houston loses a call they should have saved for a much more important moment in the game.

Okay, so the Houston Astros got challenged on second base, which is the smallest possible thing. No wonder people hate this team.

And the umpiring team is getting together, probably because the game is moving too fast and it’s time to slow down.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

Alvarez is up and he hits into a fielder’s choice that is almost a double play. It wipes out Altuve, but Alvarez stays at first. Two cars in service.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

Peña first with Altuve. Wheeler will have to spend some time focusing on Altuve, who is always a steal threat. Wheeler lands a kick on Peña. 0-1. Next pitch, it’s a foul. 0-2. And Wheeler gets his third strikeout of the game one inning later.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 5th inning

Wheeler grounds Altuve, who immediately gets another strike. This time only single.

We are halfway to regulation! However, as we learned in Game 1, that doesn’t mean extra innings won’t be in the game.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 5th inning

Now the bases are cleared for easy Sauce. Valdez is down 2-0. The next pitch is right up the middle for the first called strike. 2-1. Sosa foul that next one. 2-2. A riff of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” plays throughout the stadium, much to everyone’s annoyance as they try to cheer for Valdez’s eighth strikeout.

Instead, it’s another outdoor venue. 3-2. Sosa swings at the next pitch, fouling it. 3-2. He sits on the next pitch, but unfortunately for him it’s the third strike.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 5th inning

Matt Virling is next. He looks at the ball and then at the shot. 1-1. He takes a wild swing at the curveball. 1-2. He then instantly starts a double play, just what Houston was looking for.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 5th inning

Valdez is throwing a gem tonight, stifling the Phillies’ bats. Sure enough, as I write this, Segura hits a first single.

I’m voting for whoever is campaigning to end promotional ads during sporting events.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 4th inning

Maldonado makes a hot shot to third to end the inning. Bohm has to jump to grab it, but in the end the out remains the car. The fourth inning was pretty quick.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 4th inning

McCormick is up and he delivers a single that actually gets through the fielders.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 4th inning

Diaz is next again and he obliges with a quick thing, a grounder to short after just two pitches. Again, Philadelphia would like to get some length from their ace.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 4th inning

Wheeler passes to Yuli Gurriel, who misses the goal. I won’t lie and say I don’t appreciate these quick exits after yesterday’s endless epic.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 4th inning

Bohm commits a foul from the first pitch he sees. He then takes the delivery just inside. It feels like a tight strike zone for the home plate umpire. The next step? This is one hell of a ball by any standards. 2-1. Bohm swings and misses on the next pitch. 2-2. Valdez picked up his third strikeout and it would be his seventh of the day.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 4th inning

And Castellanos, who made a stunning catch in yesterday’s game, immediately moved to third.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top of 4th inning

Valdez puts Harper down 0-2, not that there’s a point if Harper isn’t dangerous. He fouls the next two pitches. Still 0-2. After the break, Valdez makes Harper his sixth strikeout victim of the game.

Just to note that the song in this WhatsApp commercial that keeps playing is “Can You Get To That?” by Funkadelic and is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. Okay, now on to the fourth inning.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Kyle Tucker hits another massive fly ball, but this one stays in the park for the third out of the inning. Until 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 refs, then picks up the ball. 1-1. He then takes another ball. It’s just missing Wheeler with a slider, not much, but enough for the umpire’s strike zone. Bregman swings and misses on his fourth at-bat. 2-2. The next step? It almost amazes him. 3-2.

And he hits a double play! It was not an ideal result. Now there are two of them, and there is no one at the base.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom 3rd inning

Wheeler is there early in the third inning. One would imagine Philadelphia is looking for depth from him, given the fact that they emptied the bullpen to secure last night’s must-win in Game 1.

Alvarez plays for Houston, and he fouls off the first pitch he sees. Then he takes a high step. 1-1. The next step? Also a bit high. 2-1. And the next one too. 3-1. The next innings… is a catch, although it looks like a boundary.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Realmuta is up and he’s kicking out of the first pitch he sees. Schwarber’s single to nothing.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

First runner for Hoskins. He takes the strike. 0-1. Hoskins brushes it off. 0-2. It seems he was wrong both times. 0-2. And he swings at the fence in the next field, and that’s not where the ball is either. Another strikeout by Valdez.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Schwarber falls behind 0-2 and then retires. 1-2. He fouls off a fastball that clocks in at 97 mph, and at times it’s mind-boggling that players can even make contact on some of those pitches. The next pitch is the ball. 2-2. As is the next inning. 3-2. Schwarber connects and lays the ball down the field, which somehow remains one.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, top 3rd inning

Valdes is back, facing Edmund Sosa. Sosa takes a break step for the ball. 1-0. Then the next pitch is called a strike. 1-1. And a nasty ball. 1-2. Sosa is calling time. The next field is in the ground. 2-2. Sosa fouls out on the next pitch. 2-2. Another foul: Sosa plays the “hold the bat” game. 2-2. Sosa swings and misses. The at-bat is officially dead.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 2nd inning

And Peña grounds out to short to end the second inning. Much less drama.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 2nd inning

Altuve, who started the game with a bang, is already back, and this time he just pops. Still, he can’t be faulted for keeping up with an aggressive swing.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 2nd inning

It’s Martin Maldonado’s turn. He falls behind 0-2 and then 0-3. It’s a strikeout for the first out of the inning. McCormick is still number one.

Phillies 0-3 Astros, bottom of the 2nd inning

Wheeler is back on top, hoping for a better second inning than the first. He runs into Ches McCormick, who makes a full count. Hitters see him well. And he walks. Another Astros base runner.

Just posting this as proof that I wasn’t hallucinating with this particular baseball wisdom. No, other people have 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

— Kew (@klew24) October 30, 2022

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