Justin Verlander overcame an early shock to win a World Series he had long overlooked, rookie Jeremy Peña had a home win and the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Thursday night. Five to go home with the score 3-2 .
Fueled by late defensive gems from Trey Mancini and Chas McCormick, the Astros have reached the brink of a second championship – the other championship being a scandalous title in 2017. They could be. ends on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Houston led just four pitches ahead of Noah Syndergaard in Peña’s hit single. Then, Philly’s Kyle Schwarber took the lead in the bottom half, squandering a five-round lead over Verlander in Houston’s opening 6-5, 10-round loss.
Peña had three hits, including an RBI single in the first inning and an eighth single that established Yordan Alvarez’s scoring record. He made a leaping catch in the short step to beat the Phillies in the third inning, then regained the lead a half later with the homer after his fourth season. He was the first rookie to make it to the inner ring of Fall Classic.
After Jean Segura’s one-time RBI single beat Rafael Montero in season eight, Ryan Pressly got his way out of the first and third jams by beating Brandon Marsh and Schwarber in a near 100 mph single-hopper car was captured by Mancini on the first basis.
Mancini, the first substitute, suffered a concussion in the upper half after 2021 Golden Glove winner Yuli Gurriel collided in a downhill, injuring his right knee. He played defensively for the first time since the regular season finale, when he fell into the penalty area and reached back with his left foot to touch the pocket over Schwarber’s tear.
McCormick helped Pressly complete a five save. The central midfielder ran 91 feet to make a leaping backhand into the link fence in front of the center-right scoreboard on JT Realmuto for the second of the ninth.
“I think he hit it,” McCormick said.
After Bryce Harper was hit on the field, Nick Castellanos bounced off the field, ending the 3 hour 57 minute thriller.
In the previous Series with a 2-2 draw, the winner of Game 5 won 31 out of 47 times.
Verlander was among the five remaining Astros on the team caught using video to steal signs back in ’17. He was 0-6 with an ERA of 6.07 in the eight Series that began dating his rookie season with Detroit in 2006, a trail in the career of the 244-game winner likely likely to win his third Cy Young Award this season.
Competing with an extra day of rest because of his arms and facial beard, the 39-year-old right-hander gave up with just one run and four hits in five rounds of four walks and six strikes – including four fourth and fifth consecutive times. He reduced that Series ERA to 5.63.
Philadelphia loads second base on singles by Segura and a double walk. After a visit from pitching coach Bill Murphy, Verlander got out of trouble by beating Rhys Hoskins on a slider.
“You have to find those people early,” said Phillies manager Rob Thomson. “Coach Pitching did a trip to the mound and it looks like right after that he went to his slider and he threw the ball better.”
Verlander threw the ball with unusual care, throwing exclusive fast balls in 17 throws to Harper in three appearances on the plate.
After Harper doubled the last of those points with two passes in the fifth inning, Verlander and Castellanos went head-to-head in an epic showdown on the 10-degree field. After trying two fast balls, two rolling balls, and the only change of the night, Verlander threw the fifth slider of the saucer look and retired Castellanos en route to the left, throwing his fist twice. in excitement.
It was Verlander’s 94th throw. Dusty Baker, nearing his first title in a quarter of a century as a major league manager, has come to his cowshed.
The Astros’ pitchers hit 12 shots, bringing their two-game total to 26.
Philadelphia has lost a game in a row for the first time this season. The Phillies adjusted the plan after the Game 3 rainout and wore the classic powder blue uniform in the Series for the first time since 1983.
Syndergaard made his first appearance in the Fall Classic since 2015 with the New York Mets and has been limited to three relief appearances since his previous appearance on October 1.
Jose Altuve hit his second shot high off the wall in the center right and finished third as center hitter Marsh fumbled for a foul. Thomson made the unusual decision to turn the court inside to the second hitter of the game, and Peña placed a single ball in the middle.
Schwarber tied it on Verlander’s second court, bounced a quick ball and sent a steering shot that left no doubt in the right for his second game in the Series and fifth after this season.
Harper walks away with one of the thirds and Peña jumps up to grab Castellanos’ scorched one. Alec Bohm hits singles and Verlander retires Bryson Scott on a long-haul flight.
Peña jumped on a hanging ball during the fourth of his fourth game, Syndergaard’s 44th and final throw.
This is the third game in November, marking the first time that much of the Series has been played that month.
Gurriel went through his first 48 appearances of the season without a single shot before beating Connor Brogdon in the fourth game. He is only behind Joey Cora 51 in 1995, David Eckstein 50 in 2006 and Juan Pierre 49 in 2003.
Houston Film Festival Framber Valdez will face Phillies RHP Zack Wheeler. Valdez allowed one run, four hits, and three walks for 6 innings of 1/3 in Game 2, while Wheeler dropped five runs – four earned – and three walks in five innings, including including Alex Bregman’s double run.