2022 World Series Game 3 Astros vs Phillies summary: score, stats and updates
Astros 0-7 Phillies FINAL SCORE
That is going to be it from our live coverage of Game 3, but join us again tomorrow for Game 4, beginning an hour before the opening pitch.
Right out of the blocks, the Phillies bats were unreal, tying a World Series record with five home runs in a shutout performance that asked all the right questions of the Houston Astros. The work out of Ranger Suárez was illuminating, retiring the first eight batters in order.
The Astros had no answer for it and Lance McCullers was telegraphing his pitches all night, with a different delivery between fastball and curve. Bryce Harper picked up on it and let Alec Bohm know just before Bohm let fly with the World Series’ 1000th home run.
The real question was why did Dusty Baker leave him in so long, knowing that the Phillies were locked in on him?
The Astros will now have to come up with an answer as to how to deal with this Phillies team in this stadium. With their pitchers now on a full-rest rotation, and the power in their bats on display for all to see, it is clear that this is not the same team who barely squeaked into the playoffs.
The rain delay really made this win possible for Philadelphia, they were in a bind with their pitchers coming into Game 3 on short rest, and looking to start Syndergaard who has not gone over three innings in more than a month. The extra day let them bring on a fully rested Ranger Suarez, and he was sparkling over five innings.
That is the end of the game, the Phillies have shut out the Astros, 7-0. What a show of power hitting. Five home runs by the Phillies, tying a World Series record.
He runs the count full before taking the payoff pitch right down the middle. Called strike three and that pitch was the perfect metaphor for the Astros evening.
Chas McCormick will come to bat and try to keep it alive.
He flies one into right field for the second out. Houston are now one out away from being shut out.
Trey Mancini is brought in to pinch hit for David Hensley at the DH spot. None of the three players in that position have produced very much for Houston this playoff run.
He pops one up behind first base. Jean Segura moves over and makes the catch for the first out.
Yuli Gurriel leads off for the Astros.
Top 9 Astros 0-7 Phillies Top 9
Andrew Bellatti will come on now for Philadelphia to try and slam the door on Houston.
Alec Bohm flies one into the deep right field corner. Kyle Tucker has just enough room to make the catch. That is the end of eight, the Astros are down to their last three outs.
Nick Castellanos comes to the plate and goes down swinging. An aggressive at-bat that came to nothing. Two outs.
Harper pops it up on the left side. Bregman calls for it and brings it down for the first out.
Bottom 8 Astros 0-7 Phillies
Bryce Harper leads off for the Phillies with Urquidy on the mound for Houston.
He bangs one to deep left field, but Kyle Schwarber tracks it down just in front of the wall to end the inning. We head to the bottop of the eighth with the Phillies still leading 7-0.
Kyle Tucker comes to the plate, now with two on and two out.
The pitching coach comes out to have a little powow with his pitcher.
After four foul balls including one that was home run distance just outside the foul pole in left field, the count runs full. The payoff pitch is way outside. That is two walks given up by Nelson.
Álvarez flies one to shallow center field. Brandon Marsh comes up with it, but it played tricks on him. It was hit a mile high and swirled around a bit before coming down. Two down for Alex Bregman.
Jeremy Peña comes up and works the count full before drawing the walk. One on and one out for Yordan Álvarez.
Altuve grounds one to Bryson Stott who makes the throw in time to get the out.
Top 8 Astros 0-7 Phillies
Nick Nelson is brought on by the Phillies to see if they can close this one out. Jose Altuve leads off.
JT Realmuto goes down swinging to retire the side. The Astros head into the eighth 7-0 down.
Rhys Hoskins now flies one to deep center field where it is hauled in by Chas McCormick for the second out.
The payoff pitch is a beautiful change up that gets Schwarber swinging for the first out.
Bottom 7 Astros 0-7 Phillies
Schwarber leads off the Phillies half of the seventh inning and runs the count full.
Martín Maldonado squirts one back to the mound. The easy throw gets the final out at first base. We head to the bottom of the seventh, with the Phillies up 7-0.
Chas McCormick drives one up the middle for another two-out single.
David Hensley goes down swinging on a great slider for the second out.
Top 7 Astros 0-7 Phillies
Yuli Gurriel leads off the inning and comes out swinging. He flies one to Marsh in center field for the first out.
A fly ball to left is tracked down by Yordan Álvarez to end the threat.
Segura goes down swinging for the second out, bringing Brandon Marsh to the plate.
Jean Segura comes to the plate and Maldonado misses the pitch. Both runners move up a base.
This is a perfect example of the terrible idea of catching with one knee down, especially with men on base. He tried to backhand a low pitch rather than move behind it in the way catchers have done for over a century.
It is simple, kids: with one knee on the ground you are immobile. Just say no.
A gruelling at bat with five foul balls, finally gets a swing and miss on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. One down.
Bryson Stott will come to the plate with runners on first and second with nobody out.
Urquidy loses him on four straight pitches.
Alec Bohm comes to the plate with nobody out and a man on base.
Bottom 6 Astros 0-7 Phillies
Jose Urquidy is brought in for the Astros and he faces Nick Castellanos to lead off. Castellanos lines one into right field for a leadoff single.
He fights off a few foul balls, but ultimately goes down swinging. The Astros strand a runner, as they trail 7-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Kyle Tucker will come up and see if he can do anything with that base runner.
Bregman comes to the dish and pops one to third for Bohm. Two down.
Yordan Álvarez hits a soft fly ball to right for the first out.
He lines one into left field for a single. This is the first Astros base runner with less than two outs.
Peña falls behind quickly with an 0-2 count
Top 6 Astros 0-7 Phillies
The Phillies bring on Connor Brogdon to face Jeremy Peña in the sixth.
The Phillies have now tied the record for home runs in a single World Series game. We have four innings to go in this game.
Staying true to form, Stanek blows three fastballs past Harper to end the inning. The end of five and the Phillies have a huge momentum swing in this series, up 7-0.
Stanek gets him out of there on three pitches and will now face Bryce Harper with two outs.
New pitcher for the Astros
Ryne Stanek is brought on to try and stem the bleeding for Houston. He will face JT Realmuto with the Astros down 7-0.
Dusty Baker finally comes out to make the pitching change. It is incredible that it took five home runs to get to that point.
Hoskins goes back to back
Hoskins comes to the plate and drives one to left field and it is gone! The fifth home run of the night as Rhys Hoskins goes back to back with Schwarber.
The Phillies have six runs on five hits. Four of those have been home runs.
Schwarber 2-run home run
He takes a low breaking pitch deep to straightaway center for yet another Phillies home run, the fourth one of the night! 443 feet, an absolute monster. "Anything flies that far ought to have a stewardess on it!"
Kyle Schwarber stands in and gets nothing but breaking balls.
The crowd are giving a hearty boo to Altuve. The first pitch misses very high and tight. The second pitch jams him and he pops it up to Hoskins at first for the final out of the inning. Suarez works his way out of a jam.
Maldonado pushes one past shortstop for a base hit. Two outs now for Altuve with men on first and second.
Martín Maldonado comes to the plate with two outs and and a runner on first.
Showing poise, he works the count back to full and the payoff pitch misses, for Suarez's first walk of the game.
Chas McCormick comes up swinging, but all of it is air. He falls behind quickly.
David Hensley comes to the plate and goes down swinging on an effervescent curve ball. Beautiful 12 to 6 movement, back foot. What a pitch. Two down.
Gurriel grounds out. One away.
Top 5 Astros 0-4 Phillies
Ranger Suarez has been having a spectacular outing tonight and he faces Gurriel to lead off.
Bryson Stott goes down swinging and it looks like McCullers may have finally found his groove, just a few innings and four runs too late. We move to five, still 4-0 Phillies.
Bohm comes up and flies out to center field for out number two.
Castellanos grounds out to Peña for the first out.
Bottom 4 Astros 0-4 Phillies
Nick Castellanos leads off the bottom of the fourth for the Phillies and McCullers is perhaps somewhat improbably back on the mound for Houston.
Kyle Tucker hits a deep one to left center. Brandon Marsh covered a lot of ground and makes the catch just shy of the warning track to end the inning.
He hits a strange shot to first, behind the bag, that Hoskins fields, pivots and gets the ball to Suarez on the coverage for two down.
Alex Bregman stands in for Houston and is swinging from the get-go.
Suarez tries to get him to chase, and Álvarez doesn't bite, running the count full before hitting a chopper to first for the out.
Top 4 Astros 0-4 Phillies
Yordan Álvarez leads off the fourth for the Astros and fouls off the first two pitches to get into a fast hole.
We go to the fourth inning, the Phillies are leading by 4
Bryce Harper comes to the plate and hits a ground ball to Altuve, who makes the routine throw to first to end the inning. McCullers has finally had a decent inning, three up three down.
JT Realmuto comes to the plate and goes down swinging on one extra pitch. Two down.
Hoskins strikes out swinging on three pitches for the first out.
Bottom 3 Astros 0-4 Phillies
Rhys Hoskins starts it off for Philadelphia, and McCullers is still in the game, although the Astros bullpen is up and working.
Jeremy Peña comes to the plate and hits a ground ball to Bohm, who bobbles it but still has time to make the throw to end the inning. We move to the bottom of the third with the Phillies still 4-0 up.
He hits one directly back to Suarez. A comebacker that Suarez swats down and throws over to first for the second out.
Houston is now back around to the top of the order with Jose Altuve coming to the plate.
Maldonado runs the count full before taking strike three. It was perhaps inevitable, but he made Suarez throw six pitches to get to it. For a hitter of Maldonado's quality, that is perhaps a win.
While not a good hitter by any definition of the term, Maldonado is a pretty discerning eye at the plate. He should make Suarez work for the out.
Top 3 Astros 0-4 Phillies
Martín Maldonado leads off for the Astros in the top of the third.
Schwarber chops one behind first base and Gurriel feeds McCullers for the third out. It was a back-breaking inning for the Astros, though, with two home runs surrendered, doubling the lead. End of two, the Phillies now lead 4-0
The Phillies order now comes back to the top with Kyle Schwarber up to the plate.
The review has confirmed that it was indeed a home run. That is the third one that McCullers has given up in only two innings. The Phillies are up 4-0 in a hurry.
Brandon Marsh home run
Brandon Marsh bangs one to right field, just out of the reach of the leaping Kyle Tucker's glove. It cleared the fence for a home run.
It is being reviewed for fan interference, but it looks like it would have been out anyway.
Jean Segura gets the same treatment, with breaking pitches doing their work on him for a second out.
Bryson Stott comes up to the plate and McCullers goes back to his breaking pitches, with much better results. He gets ahead and then Stott goes down on a called strike three on a back door breaking ball.
McCullers threw an uncharacteristic fastball to Bohm, and he was made to pay for it early.
Bottom 2 Astros 0-2 Phillies
Alec Bohm swings at the first pitch and lines it straight over the left field wall! Solo shot for Bohm, his first in the World Series.
Chas gets into a hole 2-2 and then gets a pretty questionable strike three called to end the inning.
Houston now have two outs for Chas McCormick. Runners at the corners.
That is already more hits than the Astros have had out of Diaz and Mancini in the post season.
The payoff pitch, Gurriel takes off and Hensley smacks it straight up the middle. Gurriel makes it to third.
Hensley shows discernment, working the count full.
David Hensley comes to the plate for his first World Series at-bat. The Astros have had exactly nothing from the DH spot so far in the playoffs.
He hits a slow roller to third, but the infield is far enough back and Gurriel has enough speed to beat it. No throw on the play and Gurriel has the first hit for the Astros.
Yuli Gurriel is the sixth hitter to face Suarez, so far with no luck.
Kyle Tucker comes to the plate and comes away with a similar result. Ground ball to second, right into the shift, out at first. Two away.
Top 2 Astros 0-2 Phillies
Bregman leads off the second and hits into a routine ground out. That is four straight retired by Suarez.
Castellanos comes up and chops one to third, but Bregman is there and guns him down at first to end the inning. But the Phillies have drawn first blood. End of one, 2-0 Phillies on top.
That was his first World Series home run. McCullers knew it was gone as soon as he threw it.
Bryce Harper 2 run home run
Oh and boy does he! First pitch is driven to deep right field for a massive two-run home run! Bryce Harper comes alive, just when the Phillies need him most.
Bryce Harper struggled mightily at the plate in Game 2. The home crowd desperately needs him to snap out of it now.
A lot of patience shown by all of the Phillies hitters so far. Realmuto runs the count full and pops the payoff straight up for Martin Maldonado. Out number two.
Gold Glove winner JT Realmuto comes to the plate with one out and Schwarber at first.
McCullers gets ahead and goes to the breaking ball. Hoskins bites and misses for the first out.
A classic pull hitter, the Astros are playing the shift on Hoskins, with Altuve just behind the bag at second.
Hoskins gets a fastball, the first one McCullers has thrown, and fouls it off.
The payoff pitch to Schwarber misses for a leadoff walk.
HIs next one hits and then a third in a row misses badly. The fourth pitch is a terrible pitch for a 3-1, before getting a backdoor breaking ball strike to run it full.
Bottom 1 Astros 0-0 Phillies
Lance McCullers takes the mound for Houston and opens up with a breaking ball that misses to Kyle Schwarber.
Sometimes the Astros aggression works against them. With a pitcher as dominant as Ranger Suarez, you need to work him a bit. Make him throw to you.
Yordan Álvarez comes to the plate and shows a little bit of patience. He takes a strike, then a ball, then fouls three off before getting another ball to take it to 2-2. He then takes a huge cut and comes up empty handed. Strike three to end the inning.
Were it not for Yordan, Suarez would have thrown minimum pitches in that inning.
Jeremy Peña comes up first pitch swinging and chops one to short. The throw is in time and just like that, there are two away.
Ranger Suarez is on the mound and throws a first pitch that Jose Altuve pops into shallow right. Nick Castellanos charges it and makes a spectacular sliding catch! One pitch, one swing, one hit, one out.
I've been told that the crowd may have been saying "Jean". I didn't hear it that way, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Oddly, they booed Jean Segura as well
The home crowd was always expected to be pretty hostile, but loud boos are ringing out for every Houston player as they are announced. The crowd even booed Dusty Baker. It would seem that there is no quarter given, even for a legend.
Ceremonial First Pitch
Philadelphia honors all of its sporting legends by having a group of Philly Champions throw the ceremonial first pitches tonight, including:
Baseball Hall of Famer, Three-Time National League MVP & 1980 World Series Champion Mike Schmidt
Basketball Hall of Famer, 76ers Legend & 1983 NBA Finals Champion “Dr. J” Julius Erving
Hockey Hall of Famer, Flyers Legend and 1973-1974 & 1974-1975 Stanley Cup Champion Bernie Parent
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End & 2018 Super Bowl Champion Brandon Graham
Madison Watkins to sing anthem
The crowds are in their seats and the anthem is just about to be sung by Madison Watkins. Watkins has appeared on the Grammys, American Idol, and has opened for numerous globally renowned artists including Elle King, Gwen Stefani and Jason Durulo.
Watkins’ hit song “Someday” went viral across social media and has nearly surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify. Her brand-new EP “Electric” has become an instant fan favorite and continues to gain traction across all streamers. With over 1.7 billion views on her TikTok campaign #curlmagic, Watkins boasts an impressive social media following.
Gold Glove Awards
The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for 2022 were announced prior to tonight's Game 3. There were a record 14 first-timers among Gold Glove winners, which honors the best defensive player at each position.
Three winners will be on the field tonight, with Houston shortstop Jeremy Peña, Houston outfielder Kyle Tucker, and Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto taking the award for their positions.
David Hensley will make his World Series debut. Let's face it, he can't do any worse than Mancini and Diaz have done so far.
Weather in Philadelphia
The skies are relatively clear as yesterday’s rain has moved out of the area. They should stay clear throughout the evening, but it is a pretty nippy one, with local weather reports of Partly Cloudy, 69° with winds out of the northwest at 10mph, and humidity at 58%.
In these conditions, pitching arms will be of utmost focus for both teams.
Interesting facts about Game 3, courtesy of MLB.com
• In postseason series with the current 2-3-2 format, teams splitting the first two games at home have still gone on to win 47 of 86 times (55%). The split obviously means there is a great deal at stake in Game 3. In all best-of-seven series tied 1-1, the winner of the third game has triumphed 68 of 98 times (69%).
• The Astros are 6-6 all-time on the road in the World Series, having won five of their last seven Fall Classic games away from home.
• The Astros are 2-9 in their last 11 games at Citizens Bank Park, having played two series there (2014 and 2017) since moving to the AL in 2013.
Neither team has any serious injuries to report. Houston is hoping to continue Altuve’s long-awaited hot streak from Game 2 while Philly is looking for Bryce Harper to snap out of the 0-for-4 funk that he is riding.
Jose Altuve, 2B
Jeremy Peña, SS
Yordan Alvarez, LF
Alex Bregman, 3B
Kyle Tucker, RF
Yuli Gurriel, 1B
David Hensley, DH
Chas McCormick, CF
Martín Maldonado, C
Kyle Schwarber, LF
Rhys Hoskins, 1B
J.T. Realmuto, C
Bryce Harper, DH
Nick Castellanos, RF
Alec Bohm, 3B
Bryson Stott, SS
Jean Segura, 2B
Brandon Marsh, CF
LH Lance McCullers, Jr
LH Ranger Suárez
The lineups for Game 3 will see Houston keep its shape, with David Hensley likely getting an outing at DH in light of the struggles Aledmys Diaz and Trey Mancini have had throughout the playoffs, collectively hitting 1 for 33.
Philly will go back to the powerful lineup that saw them win Game 1 and look for some of that game’s magic to rub off.
Phillies shift tactics
With the rain delay, the Phillies, however, have shifted strategy. Rather than starting Noah Syndergaard as was yesterday’s plan, they are going with Rangers Suárez on full rest. Their plan is to then go with Aaron Nola in Game 4 before looking at a bullpen job for Game 5. This could also line up Suárez for a potential Game 7 on full rest.
Astros game plan
Houston has decided to stay the course, going with yesterday’s projected starting pitcher Lance McCullers. He remains pumped for the game, and doesn’t underestimate the challenge that the Philadelphia crowd will present. “Really looking forward to experiencing the crowd. I’ve heard a lot about it. I'm a really big fan of the game, and I think it will be a great moment.”
Despite spending most of the season recuperating from a flexor tendon strain, he is widely regarded as one of the best postseason starters in the game. Houston manager Dusty Baker has no doubts that he is the man for the job, saying, “This is a very big game. I figure he can keep the ball in the ballpark pretty good with his sinker and his slider. He holds runners on pretty good; they generally try to run a lot. I think he deserves it.”
The enthusiastic Philadelphia crowd has shown the world how it can play a significant part in the proceedings, and these next three games are expected to provide a serious threat to the Houston Astros' post season.
The Phillies are 21-9 at home in the playoffs and 5-0 this season. It is a steep hill to climb for any visiting team.
Good evening and welcome to Diario AS USA’s live commentary stream of Game 3 of the 2022 World Series. One day later than expected and with the landscape slightly shifted, the Fall Classic moves back east to Philadelphia, with Citizens Bank Park hosting its first World Series game since 2009.
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