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Justin Verlander criticized by MLB Twitter following Astros loss in Game 1 of the World Series

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros pitches during Game 1 of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday, October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Daniel Shirey/MLB Photo via Getty Images

The Houston Astros went 5-0 after three innings, but the visiting Philadelphia Phillies scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth before hitting a home run by JT Realmuto in the 10th. Played to take the lead with a 6-5 win in Game 1 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park.

MLB@MLB

Those fights! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/tBnyeldpbU

Houston went all right in three innings. Staff ace and likely American League Cy Young champion Justin Verlander was perfect in nine-over bats. Kyle Tucker hit a pair of homers and Martin Maldonado performed an RBI single after one hit.

MLB@MLB

Tucker twice. 💪 #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/VpWozEa61a

However, disaster struck in the fourth quarter, as a single by Nick Castellanos and a double by Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Three points with two outs.

FOX SPORTS: MLB @MLBONFOX

Don’t go anywhere, guys! We have a game.

Alec Bohm brings 2 points, the Phillies have 2 points out!

📺: FOX and the FOX Sports app pic.twitter.com/EUUEDNVzwu

Verlander had a chance early in the innings to finish Phils’ double after nearly grabbing the Realmuto line – with One out and a driving comeback led by Reece Hoskins, but he had to accept a lone out in the force. The fifth inning was also not kind to Verlander as Realmuto got back on the plate and hit a two-run RBI of doubles to a draw. MLB@MLB

@Phillies has rushed back to tie it! ! ! 😱 #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/xVazARphGb

That night, Verlander pitched five innings, allowing six hits, five winning runs and two walks while striking out five.

With both teams scoreless for the next four innings, Realmuto took Luis Garcia into the abyss. Houston had second- and third-place runners in the second half of the 10th inning, but David Robertson put Aledmys Diaz out to end the game.

The story of the day was Verlander, an infallible Hall of Famer and superstar pitcher who was in the World Series Continue to have trouble. It looked like the narrative would be thrown into the trash in three innings, but after the star struggled again, the story was the same.

landry locker @landrystore Locker

No matter what happens in this game, the most important story is Justin Verlander, he needs Entered the World Series in the worst possible way, but quickly gave up a 5-0 lead. Teammates need to press him like they did in the first game of the ALDS. #WorldSeries #LevelUp

Talkin’ Baseball @TalkinBaseball_ Justin Verlander’s night ends after allowing 5 runs in 5.0 innings pitching

He has a 6.07 ERA in 8 career World Series starts pic.twitter.com/EhsORg3lbt

ESPN Stats and Info @ESPNStatsInfo

via 5 IPs so far tonight, Justin Verlander ) in Game 1 of the World Series with a career ERA of 10.29 (16 points in 14 IPs). pic.twitter.com/4cMiU3RMYW

Brian Mctaggart @brianmctaggart Verlander conceded the ball, which would be an inning-ending double, looming. The Phillies have made three points since then. Ben Dubos @ Ben Dubos

This is a game. Totally unreal. Verlander is a disaster.

Paul Gallant@GallantSays

World Series Verlander really matters. Yes.

John McClain@McClain_on_NFL

This collapse happened to Dusty Baker. Verlander should have been pulled before he made it 5-0 and allowed the Phillies to tie the game. Two bad innings for Verlander. Baker’s bad decision.

Michael Schwab @michaelschwab13

The second Verlander who started to struggle, Dusty should go to his deep bullpen. Now it’s a draw

Jason Stark@jaysonst

Justin Verlander:

First 9 outs 36 pitches Last 3 outs 40 pitches

Eric Boland @eboland11

Justin Verlander enters tonight with a 3.55 ERA in 33 career playoff games 15-11 record, but went 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven World Series starts.

Game 2 of the World Series will take place in Houston on Saturday at 8:03pm ET. Zach Wheeler will take the mound for Philly and Flambert Valdez will do the same for Houston.

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