The Astros were trying to save face tonight after being blown out 7-0 in Game 3. You should know, though, the odds are in Philadelphia’s favor.
As always we start with the boring stuff first, so here are the lineups. Dusty Baker put his trust in Christian Javier.
Rob Thomson was hoping the ball would go REALLY far again with this lineup.
We pause this hardly-started Bird App for a tender and wholesome moment. Friendly reminder, cancer STINKS.
Trey Mancini beat colon cancer 2 years ago.— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) November 2, 2022
He learned earlier this week that his 2014 MiLB manager — Ryan Minor — was diagnosed with the same disease.
Mancini will honor Minor during Game 4.
I talked with Minor about what that means to him.
Story: https://t.co/NinvF0mMBP pic.twitter.com/0iSws31G7H
The first inning of the game was quiet, but Aaron Nola got himself into a first-and-third with one out in the top of the second. It started to feel eerily similar to his Game 1 outing.
Nola did get himself out of the jam, with two strikeouts to end the inning.
Those strikeouts were almost as huge as Nola’s meaty clackers— can i PLEASE whittle wood with you (@zombie_jacki) November 3, 2022
The Astros offense is, uh, struggling.
The Houston #Astros squander golden opportunity, their scoreless drought extends to 14 innings.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 3, 2022
Fail to score then walk the leadoff hitter the following half. Less than ideal. #Astros— HollywoodStro (@HollywoodStro) November 3, 2022
There MIGHT have been some odd calls in the bottom of the second inning. Thankfully, for this fan, Harper did not come around to score.
No scoring early like last night, so here is a fun fact:
Dusty Baker invented the high five v— Dump Ump (@DumpOnTheUmp) November 3, 2022
Well, now that someone said something, they’re gonna score, aren’t they?
If I was an Astros fan, and I mean IF, I too would be doing whatever it takes after 18 straight scoreless innings in the World Series.
Christian Javier struck out seven Phillies in the first four innings.
Cristian Javier is locked in for Game 4 pic.twitter.com/1aal7Ve1Cs— FAX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFAX) November 2, 2022
Bases loaded, no outs for the Astros in the top of fifth. Aaron Nola gets the hook, replaced by Jose Alvarado.
Houston’s scoreless streak ends on a ... hit-by-pitch, and it’s 1-0, Astros!
Probably the most anticlimactic way to break open the scoring in Game 4 pic.twitter.com/Xl7VBT98Tl— RunYourPool (@RunYourPool_) November 3, 2022
Then Alex Bregman hit an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line to make it 3-0.
Phillies fans are acting like they’ve never been down 5-0 in a World Series game before.
Actually looking forward to going to bed early tonight #phillies— Mac (@oldphaithful) November 3, 2022
We should probably start with a hit, but runs are needed too.
Christian Javier came to play tonight. Some find this impressive, some don’t; I will let you decide.
Cristian Javier has the 1st individual no-hit bid of 6+ IP in a World Series game since Jerry Koosman in 1969 WS G2 (6 IP bid)— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) November 3, 2022
Yeah but 2 walks? Be better dude you’re in the World Series— White Sox Truther Is Onto Bulls/Bears SZN (@SamR33v3s) November 3, 2022
Through seven in Philly, and the Phillies still don’t have a hit. Baseball is weird.
In an unexpected postseason, I still didn’t have a 5 HRs in 5 inning explosion followed by being no hit 24 hours later on my World Series bingo card.— Kevin Negandhi (@KevinNegandhi) November 3, 2022
It is the World Series, and the Phillies were no-hit through eight innings.
If this was me, I would be crying.
imagine paying $4K to watch your team get no-hit in the world series lol— Zach (@zachsox) November 3, 2022
Just in case you were unaware.
Did you guys know the Astros have a no-hitter going? No hits. Not one hit allowed. Phillies have no hits. No Astro pitcher has allowed a hit.— White Sox Exploding Scoreboard (@SoxScoreboard) November 3, 2022
Down to their last three outs!
And just like that, the Phillies get no-hit by the Houston Astros. It was a combined no-hitter, so judge it as you will. Either way, the series is tied, 2-2, reducing the World Series to a best-of-three. The final game in Philly this season, and a must-win for the Phillies, is Thursday night.
The Phillies are the first team in MLB history to hit 5+ HR one game and then get no-hit the next (regular season or postseason).— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) November 3, 2022