Bryce Harper began his sixth home run later in the season, whispering an assist to Alec Bohm before his single shot and the Philadelphia Phillies set a World Series record with five homers.7-0 Tuesday night and take a 2-1 series lead.
Brandon Marsh also hit home, and Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back shots in the fifth inning to chase down Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. Philadelphia used the long ball to end the long wait for their first World Series home win since Game 5. of the 2009 World Series.
They couldn’t finish the Phillies work.
Ranger Suarez bowled three hit deliveries in five shutout innings and brought this year’s team closer to completing it.
Harper, Bohm, Marsh and the last team to qualify for the playoffs have the rest of the Phillies two wins away from finishing the season as the last team standing. With an impressive 6-0 record at Citizens Bank Park this post season, the Phillies probably won’t be returning to Texas.
Another red, raucous, resolute crowd of 45,712 shouted to the Astros “Cheater! Cheater!” Let’s get it off the first pitch with chants of. Jose Altuve and “Check the Bat! Check the Bat!” For Martin Maldonado.
The fans – already jumped after another sliding catch by right fielder Nick Castellanos – didn’t wait long for the home run barrage to go wild.
With leadoff hitter Schwarber at first base, Harper reiterated his flair for playoff power when he fired a two-run shot to the McCullers and threw right field seats for a sharp lead. This made Harper 2 for 2 on home run swings in Philly – he sent the Phillies into the World Series with a two-run drive in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series to beat San Diego.
Harper crossed the plate and shouted again “This is my house!” Before he tore off his helmet, uncovered his Philly Fanatic headband and was cornered by teammates in the dugout.
Harper’s homeowners rock stadiums to such an extent that they must be measured not in feet but on the Richter scale—and they seem as automatic as the Philly Fanatic spin on their ATVs these days. Harper has hit four postseason homers that gave the Phillies the lead and showed that, yes, Bryce Bombs goes off in November, the first time more World Series games will be played this month than in October.
Oh, and Harper may have a second career as a Homer whisperer.
Harper called Bohm from the on-deck circle back into the dugout for a quick word of advice.
Maybe Harper saw McCullers tipping over his pitches?
Whatever sober advice it was, it worked, and Bohm scored his first postseason homer and the 1,000th in World Series history in the left-field seats for a 3–0 lead.
So come on, Alec, get upset, what did Bryce tell you?
“It’s between us,” Bohm said with a shoulder and a big smile at the TV.
Marsh took the baton on the long-ball relay and knocked one of the right field seats dropped by a young Delaware kid. The home run stood after a brief review – as it seemed nothing could interfere with Philadelphia’s playoff push – and it was 4-0.
With this, McCullers had allowed four homers to his first nine batsmen. The right-hander who nodded his left triceps to Houston is absolutely tattooed by the Phillies.
Schwarber, the NL home run champion, again threw a two-run shot into center field beyond English Ivy, Arborvitae and Holly, and Hoskins connected on a single shot for a 7–0 lead that ended the McCullers’ night. Gave.
McCullers became the first pitcher to concede five home runs in a World Series game.
Suarez, the scheduled Game 4 starter before Game 3 was postponed for a day by rain, delivered with his career performance and locked the big bat in the AL Champs lineup.
He needed only two pitches to get the first two outs of the game and dismissed Yordan Alvarez to finish first. Some of the jams Suarez put in, he made his way out, especially in the second when he whispered to Chas McCormick and the two runners were trapped. He retired to Altuve to finish fifth on a soft foul pop with two runners on base.
Four relievers played a pointless innings to end the five-hitter.
Here are the champs:
Philly Sports Champion Mike Schmidt, Julius Irving, Brandon Graham and Bernie Parent gave the first pitch to 2008 World Series champion Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jason Worth and Shane Victorino. Country music star Tim McGraw, son of late Phillies reliever Tug McGraw, threw a huge cheer and wore his father’s No. 45 McGraw jersey. McGraw closed the 1980 World Series with a strike out.
Phillies send RHP Aaron Nola (2-1, 4.57 ERA in postseason) to the mound in Game 4 against Houston RHP Christian Xavier (1-0, 1.35 ERA). NOLA was done in Game 4 after 4 1/3 innings. The World Series, though he retired the last six batsmen he faced and was left in a tie game, when the Phillies rallied from the opening 5–0 deficit – and won 6–5.