The Houston Astros take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in Game 5 of the 2022 World Series, exclusively on FOX and the FOX Sports app.
The series is even at 2-2 after Houston made history with a Game 4 no-hitter against Philly on Wednesday.
Justin Verlander made his fourth playoff start and second in the World Series for the Astros. He finished with six strikeouts in five innings pitched, allowing only four hits and one run – a first homer.
On the other side, Noah Syndergaard made his second start (fourth appearance) of the playoffs for the Phillies. He was out after three innings after allowing three hits and two runs, including a home run.
Here are the best match 5 games:
Astros vs. Phillies (Series tied 2-2)
Start with a bang!
The Astros quickly took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, thanks to back-to-back big hits from José Altuve and Jeremy Peña.
First, Altuve crushed Syndergaard’s lead in right field and made it to third base after an error by Phillies center fielder Brandon Marsh.
Then Peña smashed an RBI single down the middle to bring Altuve in and put Houston on the board first.
Astros’ Jeremy Peña crushes an RBI single in the middle
Jeremy Peña smashes an RBI single down the middle to put Houston on the board.
Catch and tag
The Astros tried something risky early on, but their plan was foiled when Peña was ejected at second base.
return the favor
The Phillies tied things up late in the first inning, thanks to a perfect home run from Kyle Schwarber.
Kyle Schwarber throws a first home run
Kyle Schwarber throws a first home run to take the Phillies to a 1-1 draw.
It is the Phillies’ 18th playoff home run at Citizens Bank Park, tying the Astros’ 2017 record for most homers hit at a stadium in a single postseason.
Pitchers take center stage
Both teams were relentless on the mound. Syndergaard had a huge run for the Phillies in the second…
… while Verlander’s slider pulled the Astros out of a jam with the bases loaded late in the second inning.
Not so fast!
Peña reminded baseball fans why he was the first rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove after coming up with a massive play for Houston in the third inning on what was likely to be a big hit from Nick Castellanos.
With momentum on his side, Peña hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.
Jeremy Peña throws a solo home run
Jeremy Peña’s solo home run gives the Astros a 2-1 lead over the Phillies.
What can’t he do?
Peña followed that up with a smooth game late in the fourth set, knocking out Jean Segura first.
Bryce Harper crushed Verlander’s four-seam fastball in the fifth inning, good for the hardest-hit ball of the year. The Astros were able to emerge from the inning unscathed, however, as it remained 2-1.
After hitting a double and reaching third base on a crazy pitch from Seranthony Domínguez – the Phillies’ fourth pitcher of the night – Yuli Gurriel was tagged at home after a clash with Rhys Hoskins.
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