December 10, 2022

World Series Game 2 live: Alex Bregman’s two-run homer extends Houston Astros’ lead over Philadelphia Phillies | World Series

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Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 8th inning

Kuriel may be the last Astros hitter we see this game. He takes a ball and then fouls off a pitch. 1-1. He was run on the next pitch. 1-2. He then golfs a pitch to the outfield for the final out of the inning. Ninth to last call for Philadelphia!

Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 8th inning

Kyle Tucker left immediately. Two down. Astros hitters may have hit the “simulate game to end” button.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 8th inning

Brad Guy was dealt a bad hand, as he had to keep the Astros in the bottom of the eighth and then hope his team could erase a four-run deficit with three outs. It will be a bigger comeback than yesterday’s game.

Guy’s first pitch to Bregman was a strike. 0-1. The next pitch was the same. 0-2. Bregman fouled out on the next play. Still 0-2. Meanwhile, Houston closer Ryan Pressley is pitching in the Houston bullpen.

Guy throws a ball to Bregman, who doesn’t deliver. 1-2. On 1-2, Bregman fouled off a ball. Still 1-2. He didn’t make contact on his next swing, so he was out.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

Can Harper and the Phillies take advantage of the defensive miscue? Well, he takes the first two pitches he sees for balls. 2-0. That’s the number of quality hitters per quality hitter. However, Harper couldn’t connect on his home run cut. 2-1. On the next pitch, he flies high and into the outfield, where the shortstop, playing out of position, ties it for the final out of the inning.

Philly had to think it was their best chance to get back into it, though they’ll have at least three outs to work with.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

Realmudo struck out that the Houston infield couldn’t do anything. Stott comes to third base on the play. Realmuto is safe first. That leaves Bryce Harper with two men.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

Hoskins is next and Stott is still number one. After picking up a ball, Hoskins took a mighty swing and got nothing. 1-1. On the next pitch, he gets two strikes. Houston fans feel a little more invested in getting these outs the rest of the way after two near home runs. They try loudly to strike.

This time it works, and Hoskins strikes.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

So, Schwarber is back in the batter’s box with a 2-2 count. He hits another big flyball.. The park remains intact. Wow, the Phillies could see that at-bat as a momentum-killer if they lose this one World Series. Instead of a two-run home run, it was the first out of the inning.

It’s called a foul ball, which I think is the right call. So it wasn’t really a two-run home run. Man, it was like a moment of deja vu for Houston.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

Sorry for the long delay between updates, at-bat took too long. Schwarber was next, with a runner on first and nobody out. He takes a ball. 1-0. He takes another ball. 2-0. I think it’s important to be patient with this pitcher. Schwarber decides to take a big cut and comes up empty. 2-1. The next pitch is excellent, Montero draws the corner with another four-seamer off the black. 2-2. The next ball was hit straight but was fouled and dismissed. 2-2.

Schwarber hits a huge home run, and it’s only fair! It’s a two-run home run… or is it? This can be checked by referees.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 8th inning

Bryson Stott now pinch hits for Philadelphia. Montero is still on the mound for Houston. He promptly beat Stott 0-2. Stott fouls a pitch and then takes a ball. 1-2. The next pitch, a four-seam fastball at 97 mph…is in the corner. 2-2. Montero goes for the same pitch and Stott fouls it out. He does the same next time. Even though he’s down 0-2, he’s already seven pitches into the at-bat.

Make those eight pitches: Stott misses another opportunity. Still 2-2. Again. Ok now let me get into it. Could he be alive to see pitch eleven? Yes! He fouls this too. Pitch 11! That’s a bit much. Ball three! 3-2. Here’s the 12th pitch of this at-bat. It’s short and Stodd has earned himself a walk.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 7th inning

Alvarez stepped up and trailed 0-2. The inning started promisingly for the Astros, but they were down a strikeout. The next pitch is a ball, and so on. 2-2. Then he swings and misses to end the inning and we go to the eighth.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 7th inning

Next is Bina. He takes a ball, he swings and misses, he hits a foul. If he’s looking for a strike, he’s gone through all the at-bats that aren’t outs or hits.

Alas, Altuve gets caught stealing on the very next pitch. However, this is a ball. So it’s 2-2 in Pena. He comes under the next pitch and flies high. Two outs in one at bat without the benefit of a double play. ability!

Phillies 1-5 Astros, bottom of 7th inning

Altuve starts the bottom of the seventh. I feel like even one more run would seal this one for the Astros. Connor Brockton pitches for Philadelphia. Brockton gets a free-swinging alto into the 0-2 hole. He reaches for a foul on the next pitch to stay alive. Still 0-2. He then goes outside the strike zone to hit a dribbler into right field. How? I still can’t find it.

Seventh inning stretch

As longtime readers will know, I try to include a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” version that extends every seventh inning.

They also know that I usually try to trick them into listening to a completely respectable version of Frank Zappa.

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 7th inning

Passes empty, Montero faces a pinch-hitting Nick “Auto” Maton. Madden looks to strike out. 0-1. The next pitch is out. 1-1. He swung at the third pitch and lined out to end the inning. The seventh inning stretch is upon us!

Sacrifice fly (Phillies) Phillies 1-5 Astros

Phillies 1-5 Astros, first 7th inning

Montero gets Segura to flyout, but that gets Castellanos from third. The Phillies are on board!

My notes say Rafael Montero is coming here to pitch for Houston. He will face Jean Segura.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 7th inning

Bohm is one of Philadelphia’s top scoring prospects. Valdez is still on the mound. He takes a ball. 1-0. On 1-0, Bohm grounded out, though it moved the runner to third.

Dusty Baker arrives to eliminate Valdez at Minute Maid Park.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 7th inning

Valdez faces Castellanos, who serves a full count, pushing him past the 100 pitch count. Maybe this is his last game? At 3-2, he hit a double into the outfield and the Phillies had a leadoff baserunner.

Wow, Valdez is out again. He is showing off now.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 6th inning

Maldonado is next. He takes a swinging strike. 0-1. Next pitch, another swinging strike. 0-2. On the next pitch, Bellatti throws a way out to see if Maldonado will chase. He won’t. 1-2. The next pitch he throws… it’s going to make him chase. He was dismissed to end the innings. In the top of the seventh, the Phillies need to start getting out in a big hurry.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 6th inning

Next up is McCormick. He looks at the slider for a ball and then the pitch for a strike. The next pitch is way, way, way out. 2-1. McCormick fouled off the next pitch. 2-2. He finished second. Two down.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 6th inning

Andrew Bellatti pitches here for the Phillies. Diaz is the winner for the Astros, who should be happy to dig out the weakest part of the Philadelphia bullpen. Not Diaz, who appears in the infield on two pitches.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 6th inning

And Valdez gets Harper to hit a double play on a pitch. Maybe that’s it for Valdez, and you can’t say he didn’t give it his all for Houston today.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 6th inning

Realmudo has a flair for the dramatic this postseason. Can he add Philadelphia to the fold? He tries on his first swing, but he fouls Valdez’s singer. 0-1. Then he picks up a ball. 1-1. He fouled off the next two pitches. 1-2. Valdes’ next pitch was Realmuto’s long and unhittable fastball.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 6th inning

Valdez counters Hoskins, who hits a stare-eye. That’s two on and nobody out. Is Valdez, at 88 pitches, finally tired?

Phillies 0-5 Astros, first 6th inning

Valdez thinks Schwarber is out on a 2-2 pitch but it’s called a ball instead. Same as the next pitch. Schwarber is fundamental to a Phillies team that desperately needs baserunners.

Email from David Howell:

An observation…

With a championship win in Houston, did the Astros make sure the Phillies took the lead during Game 1? Everything else seems to be planned by this team.

It’s kind of a thing Baseball The gods frown, so I doubt it. Again, they were rewarded for a fake game-delaying maneuver in the last inning, so Houston could be beyond good and bad.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 5th inning

Curriel struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies are now in a 5-0 hole and don’t have as many outs to work with as they did after falling into the same hole in Game 1.

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 5th inning

And Wheeler issues a four-pitch walk to Kyle Tucker. I feel like he’s buzzing after a home run.

2 run home run! (Astros) Phillies 0-5 Astros

Phillies 0-5 Astros, bottom of 5th inning

Well, back to real baseball. Wheeler threw two straight balls to Bregman. 2-0. On the very next pitch, he hit a home run! Astros lead 5-0.

Or is that where the Phillies want them to be?

The call stands on the field and Houston misses a challenge that they should have at the most important moment in the game.