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World Series Game 5: Astros and Phillies notch first-inning runs in pivotal fifth contest – live!

Yes, I might have just watched the commercial for the new Spielberg movie with rapt attention looking for any hint of the rumored David Lynch cameo but I promise you that I’m not distracted here.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 2nd inning

With bases loaded and two out, Rhys Hoskins is heading to the plate with an opportunity to make major damage. He’s maybe a little too eager as he takes a big swing at a pitch that seems outside for strike one. 0-1. He fouls off the next pitch. 0-2. Verlander has a good chance of escaping his self-created jam. He throws a ball outside. Hoskins doesn’t offer. 1-2. The next pitch gets away from Verlander. 2-2. On the next pitch, Hoskins extends himself and that’s exactly what Verlander wanted him to do. He strikes out and that’s the end of the Philadelphia threat.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 2nd inning

Verlander throws a beauty of a curve for strike one on Schwarber. 0-1. The next curveball is just outside. 1-1. The next pitch is way, way upstairs. 2-1. The next pitch is much closer to the zone, but still gets called a ball. 3-1. Another breaking ball, far away, and the bases are now loaded.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 2nd inning

Verlander throws two balls to Brandon Marsh. This already is the most patient at-bat of the inning. On 2-0, Marsh fouls a ball off. 2-1. The next pitch? That’s too high. 3-1. The next pitch is… also a ball. That’s now two baserunners for Kyle Schwarber.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 2nd inning

Jean Segura immediately hits a single. Verlander is getting quick results here if nothing else.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 2nd inning

Verlander faces Alex Bohm who pops up to third immediately. And then Bryson Stott pops up to short.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, top 2nd inning

David Hensley is up next, taking a pitch for a strike. And then swinging and missing at the next pitch. That’s a real quick 0-2 count there and the fans rise up to will a strikeout. Hensley swings and fouls off Syndergaard’s next pitch to stay alive. Still 0-2. Hensley takes a ball outside. 1-2. Hensley fouls off another pitch. Still 1-2. On the next pitch however, the pitcher once called Thor gets his fourth strikeout in two innings.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, top 2nd inning

Yuli Gurriel is up and then he’s down as he pops up to Realmuto at catcher.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, top 2nd inning

Kyle Tucker, whose mammoth Game 1 performance came for naught, is up next. Syndergaard’s first pitch is a changeup that Tucker fouls off. 0-1. The next pitch is a ball. 1-1. As is the next pitch. 2-1. Syndergaard gets a strike. 2-2. Tucker tries to check his swing on the next pitch but can’t and gets himself out.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 1st inning

Nick Castellanos is up next and he falls behind 0-2 and then flies out for the final out. A lot happened in this first inning, but we’re tied 1-1. This might be a back-and-forth type of affair.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 1st inning

And Verlander now faces Harper, who gets some “MVP” chants from the Philly Phaithful. Bryce fouls his first pitch off and then sees a fastball that’s called a ball. The next pitch he sees is called similarly. 2-1. The next pitch is too tall. 3-1. Imagine that Harper has the green light here.

Instead, he takes a strike looking. Full count. On 3-2, Harper takes a ball for the first walk of the game.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 1st inning

J.T. Realmuto is out and promptly falls behind 0-2. After taking a ball, Realmuto skies one up to Altuve on the infield for the second out of the inning.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 1st inning

Ryan Hoskins is up now. He gets good wood at a 1-2 pitch but it’s caught by the Astros in left field.

Astros 1-1 Phillies, bottom 1st inning

Justin Verlander is back out there and while he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer no matter what, it would be nice for him to have a World Series win in his achievement column.

Well this certainly won’t help. Kyle Schwarber takes the second pitch he sees from him and deposits it into right field for a game-tying home run.

Astros 1-0 Phillies, top 1st inning

And Syndergaard gets Alex Bregman to strike out on three pitches. That could have been a lot worse for the Phillies, instead they allow the leadoff semi-triple to score but then immediately shut the Astros down.

Astros 1-0 Phillies, top 1st inning

Still nobody out, with a runner on first. Here comes Yordan Álvarez. Álvarez works a full count. On 3-2, he fouls a pitch off and then throws to first to keep Peña honest. On the next pitch, he manages to get a strike out and then throw out Peña. So now there are two out and nobody on.

Astros 1-0 Phillies, top 1st inning

And Peña immediately singles in Altuve. The good-ish news? It’s an unearned run, because Altuve was credited for a double with an error on Marsh.

Astros 0-0 Phillies, top 1st inning

And Altuve hits the next pitch he sees for a leadoff triple. Philadelphia is in danger already.

Astros 0-0 Phillies, top 1st inning

Noah Syndergaard is out but it might be a short outing for him as this could be more of a bullpen game. Jose Altuve, per usual, is leading off. Syndergaard’s first pitch is just outside…

Oh wow, the Phillies brought in Meek Mill to hype up the crowd. He joins up with the Phillie Phanatic on a quick zip around the ballpark on his cart. Can I switch my prediction?

Nah, it’s too late.

Okay, first pitch is scheduled within minutes. Game 5 proper is about to begin.

I mean, there probably was a more original way to indicate that the game is taking place in Philadelphia than playing the “Theme From Rocky,” but sometimes the classics are best.

If Justin Verlander never wins a game in the World Series will this impact his legacy in any serious way as FOX commentators desperately want you to believe?

No.

Philadelphia Phillies starting lineup

1. Kyle Schwarber, LF

2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B

3. J.T. Realmuto, C

4. Bryce Harper, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, RF

6. Alec Bohm, 3B

7. Bryson Stott, SS

8. Jean Segura, 2B

9. Brandon Marsh, CF

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard

Houston Astros starting lineup

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Jeremy Peña, SS

3. Yordan Álvarez, LF

4. Alex Bregman, 3B

5. Kyle Tucker, RF

6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B

7. David Hensley, DH

8. Chas McCormick, CF

9. Martín Maldonado, C

Pitcher: Justin Verlander

Also, in the NFL we have a related story. The unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles are looking to keep up their perfect record and they are facing—of all teams—the Houston Texans. That means this could either be one of the greatest sports days in Philadelphia history or potentially one of the most catastrophic!

Predictions

I was going to have the Phillies rebounding after being no-hit and taking a series lead over the Astros. Obviously, at this point, my original “Houston in 5” prediction is not possible barring various time travel shenanigans so there’s no reason to try to salvage it.

However, the Phillies have decided to change their fortunes by switching up and wearing garish powder blue uniforms so I feel like they should lose tonight on principle: throwback uniforms should be thrown back. Astros 6-1 Phillies.

Important message from the @Phillies: pic.twitter.com/wIDHcvHpJk

— SI MLB (@si_mlb) November 3, 2022

I will predict that this is going to reach a Game 7 and the Phillies will manage to win tomorrow but we’ll talk about that on Saturday. Today is all about Game 5 predictions. Who takes the crucial 3-2 World Series lead? How does it happen? Feel free to send your thoughts and analysis here, either via email (to hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com) or Twitter (to @HunterFelt).

How did the Phillies find themselves no-hit? While I’m not one to believe in curses but if Philadelphia doesn’t manage another win in this series, I think we’re going to have to put the blame on Wawa and the Curse of the Uneaten Sandwiches

Each time they get a hit, take a bite of your hoagie! #Schwarberfest

— Wawa (@Wawa) November 2, 2022

How did we get here?

Since we’re now five games deep into the World Series, today’s coverage might benefit from a quick recap. Also, you can double-check and relive our previous liveblogs, in case you want the full play-by-play.

Game 1. Phillies 6-5 Astros. In Game 1, the Phillies stunned the Astros by recovering from a 5-0 deficit to hand Houston its first defeat in the playoffs.

Game 2. Phillies 2-5 Astros. In Game 2, the Phillies couldn’t rally back from a 5-0 deficit, which is usually how that plays out. With the win, the Astros tied up the series 1-1.

(Then it rained.)

Game 3: Astros 0-7 Phillies. In Game 3, the series moved from Minute Maid Park to Citizens Bank Park, which ended up working out in favor of the Phillies who played home run derby to take a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4. Astros 5-0 Phillies. It looked like Philadelphia had Houston on the ropes, but the Astros simply decided to not allow the Phillies to get a single hit. Now the series is tied 2-2 and, given the way these first four games have played out, it’s really hard to get any sense of what could possibly happen next.

Where to watch Game 2 of the World Series

Just so that we’re on the same page heading in, here’s how to watch Game 5 of the 2022 World Series.

In the US, it’s airing live on FOX. If you don’t mind baseball on the radio, or prefer it to the FOX commentators, you could also listen on your local ESPN Radio affiliate or, barring that, ESPNradio.com. In the UK, you can screen it on BT Sports starting in roughly 40 minutes or so and online through the BT Sports app.

Preamble

This will not be a short series. In the big picture of things, that’s the most obvious takeaway from yesterday’s Game 4. The Phillies, unbeaten at home, had just pounded the Houston Astros 7-0 and taken a 2-1 series lead, threatening to make this a rather short-lived World Series. Momentum was on their side, but the Astros pitching staff was decidedly against them.

Instead, Cristian Javier and relievers Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly combined to pitch the second no-hitter in World Series history even if it might have felt a bit anticlimactic to some. The combined no-hitter simply doesn’t have the same mythology of the idea of a lone pitcher shutting down an entire team by himself.

One doubts that the Astros are losing that much sleep on how their way of winning the game may have been unsatisfying for old-school baseball fans. What matters to them is that they have tied the series up 2-2 and are guaranteed to at least bring the World Series back to Minute Maid Park at the bare minimum.

Now, it’s time for the Phillies to respond. Will their bats wake up after being put to sleep in Game 4? Will their starter Noah Syndergaard keep the Astros off the board? Or will Houston starter Justin Verlander finally win the first World Series game of his Hall of Fame career?

Baseball history could turn on the answer to these questions, which sounds a bit overdramatic but is just a mathematical reality. The loser of tonight’s game will have to win their next two if they want to win a championship, while the winner will need one victory. It feels like the World Series could effectively be decided tonight.

As always, if you want to contribute to our liveblog, we encourage it. You can email us at hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet us at @HunterFelt and we’ll post your World Series thoughts here for all to see. It’s Game 5 of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. In theory, we’ll start at 8:03 pm EST but we’ll be back blogging well before that.

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