Game 3 of the World Series may have been delayed by a day due to rain, but the Phillies still seem eager to get there. After the two teams parted ways in Houston’s first two games, the series moved to Philadelphia, where the Phillies were clearly ready to play at home.
Against Astros starter Lance McCullers, the Phillies swung early and often, hitting five home runs in the first five innings of the game. Game in Philadelphia, did it again, smashed a two-pointer.
Alec Bohm hit another home run in Game 1 of the second half of the second inning.
After that home run, it was noticed that Harper and Bohm had a small conversation before Bohm came on the field.
One possible explanation for this is that Harper relayed that McCullers had tilted his pitch in some way. It’s unclear if that’s true, but based on how McCullers continues to pitch, well, it seems likely.
Brandon Marsh added a second homer in the second inning, and McCullers seemed to settle down after that. Then the fifth inning happened.
With one out and a runner in the fifth inning, Kyle Schwarber had fun and made a The field destroyed a small ball.
Rhys Hoskins added one more before the Astros finally removed McCullers. In 4.1 innings, McCullers allowed seven of six hits, five of which were home runs. In doing so, he set a record he probably didn’t want. McCullers became the first pitcher ever to hit five home runs in a World Series.
The Phillies’ trade this season is usually that they already have a strong offense that was on display in Game 3.