World Series Game 5: Astros extend lead over Phillies

Game 5 of the 2022 World Series goes down Thursday night with the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros battling for a 3-2 series lead.

Houston’s bullpen made history in Game 4, throwing the first combined no-hitter in MLB postseason history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Astros pitcher Cristian Javier dominated the Phillies’ lineup, throwing nine strikeouts in six innings. A relief effort from Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly finished things off. It was a significant contrast with Game 3, where the Phillies mashed five home runs off the Astros.

Thursday’s contest is the final one in Philly before the series shifts back to Houston. Will the Astros head back home with the 3-2 advantage or will the Phillies rebound from a disappointing Game 4?

Here are the best moments and takeaways from Game 5:

Astros cash in

Fall Classic pickle

Playoff Peña strikes again

The magical postseason of Jeremy Peña continues.

The Astros shortstop hit a solo homer in the fourth inning to give Houston a 2-1 lead. The home run did not come easy, as Peña battled against Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard throughout the at-bat. Syndergaard got off to a quick start, with a swinging strike and two fouls to bring the count to 0-2. Peña then laid off a borderline slider to set up a 1-2 count before Syndergaard threw another ball to bring the count to 2-2.

On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Peña knocked the baseball over the fence on a 76.7 mph curveball.

With two hits in Game 5, Peña became the first rookie shortstop ever with a hit in five straight World Series games. — Joon Lee

Red-hot first inning

Game 5 got off to a quick start.

Astros second baseman José Altuve started things off in the game’s first at-bat with a double that knocked off the right-center field fence and bounced past Phillies centerfielder Brandon Marsh, allowing Altuve to advance to third base. Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña immediately came through, singling up the middle on the first pitch of his at-bat against Philadelphia starter Noah Syndergaard to score Altuve and make the score 1-0.

Philly bounced back immediately in the bottom half of the inning. On the second pitch of the game from Astros starter Justin Verlander, Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber blasted a line drive homer over the right-field fence to tie the score up 1-1. — Joon Lee

Hometown heroes

Philadelphia is pulling out all the stops to bring good vibes to Citizens Bank Park.

Before Game 4, rapper Meek Mill performed “Dreams and Nightmare” on the field to hype up Phillies fan before exiting the field with the Phillie Phanatic on a 4-wheeler. Two Philadelphia icons pulling out all of the stops to cheer on the hometown team.

No word yet on whether the Phanatic will get a guest feature spot on Meek’s next album. — Joon Lee

Putting on for their cities

Pregame fashion

Powder Blues

The Phillies will rock their vintage powder blue uniforms for Game 5.

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