It’s the Phillies that break the Astros postseason winning streak with a home run by J.T. Realmuto to seal the deal for their game one win, 6-5.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Houston started Justin Verlander on the bump, which led to three up and three down for the Phillies as they went to the bottom of the inning. Aaron Nola, the former LSU star, left the Astros with one Yordan Alvarez stranded with two strikeouts and a popout to left.
After another three and out for Verlander, Kyle Tucker homered on the third pitch from Nola for a solo home run to right field. Tucker got the momentum going with three more hits given up by Nola that gave the Astros a 2-0 lead at the end of the second.
Verlander kept the clean game going while Nola allowed another runner on base with Jeremy Pena leadoff double and walk for Alex Bregman. Tucker hammered out another homer with a three-run shot to the same spot as his first.
Three hits by the Phillies brought in their first four hits that ended with a single RBI by Nick Castellanos and a 2RBI by Alec Bohm to get them on the board. Nola kept Houston down with a three and out fourth.
With only one out Verlander’s 81 mph curveball drives in a 2-run double by Realmuto. With what would be his last inning, Verlander held of the Phillies with a groundout and strikeout. After a strikeout to Pena, Nola was pulled, and Jose Alvarado came in. Two strikeouts take the Phillies to the sixth.
Pitching change came for Houston with Bryan Abreu as he went through three batters in order ending the inning with a strikeout. Zach Eflin did the same for Philadelphia keeping the tie 5-5.
Loaded bases takes out Abreu and brings in Hector Neris with only one out left to go, Castellanos reached to end the top of the seventh. Ranger Suarez came in for Eflin to bring the game to extra innings.
Rafael Montero came to the bump to stuff the Phillies to go to the bottom of the eighth. Throws to first took out the Astros with a nail in the coffin for the top of the ninth with a strikeout by Trey Mancini.
HOMEERUNN by Realmuto brought Phillies atop the leaderboard. Astros have no answer in the bottom and the Philadelphia Phillies take game one.
BIG NUMBER: 3
Home runs take the cake to start the Astros momentum and secured the win for the Phillies to take game one of the World Series.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kyle Tucker
In the first three innings Tucker led the Astros with two home runs that gave them four of their first five runs. Both hits were his only runs batted in the entire postseason and is the first batter to hit two home runs against Nola in a single game since 2019 by Enrique Hernandez.
UP NEXT: The Houston Astros will come back to Minute Maid Park tomorrow night for game two of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. First Pitch is set for 7:03 PM CT.