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Astros-Phillies World Series Game 5 highlights and takeaways

The Houston Astros earned a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 win in Game 5 of the 2022 World Series.

History is on the Astros’ side as the series heads back to Houston. Per ESPN Stats & Information research, seven of the last nine teams that went home with a 3-2 series lead went on to win the series.

The Astros leaned on impressive performances from a combination of rookie and veteran efforts from Jeremy Peña, Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander and more.

Here are the best moments and takeaways from Game 5:

Game 5 takeaways

Both teams played a competitive game, but the difference proved to be Astros rookie Jeremy Peña, who had three hits in four at-bats with two RBIs and the go-ahead homer. Peña became the first rookie shortstop in MLB history with a hit in five straight World Series games and his fourth-inning solo homer helped the Astros take the lead while making him the first rookie shortstop to hit a home run in Fall Classic history. Meanwhile, Justin Verlander broke out of his trend of poor World Series starts by grinding through five innings, allowing just four hits, and one run while walking four and striking out six. Verlander did not have his best stuff on Thursday night, but he provided enough quality innings to help Houston eke out a tight contest.

The Phillies struggled to generate much offense throughout the evening. Kyle Schwarber‘s leadoff homer on the second pitch of Verlander’s night proved to be the team’s biggest hit in the entire game. Only three other hitters — Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm and Jean Segura — managed hits for Philadelphia, with the team going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. This trend stretches back to Game 1, with the Phillies going 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position since the World Series opener. Noah Syndergaard got the early hook, going just three innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs while walking none and striking out four, while reliever Connor Brogdon had a strong night out of the bullpen, striking out five batters in two innings.

And that Chas McCormick catch in the ninth inning … wow. — Joon Lee

Phils keep fighting

Like they have all postseason, the Phillies aren’t going down without a fight.

At the start of the eighth inning, the Astros turned to reliever Rafael Montero, who promptly walked Nick Castellanos to start the frame. After Alec Bohm struck out, Montero walked Bryson Stott to set up runners on first and second with one out for Jean Segura. On a 0-1 count, Segura knocked a fastball into right field for a single, scoring Castellanos, sending Stott to third base and bringing Philadelphia within a run.

That called for a change for Houston, with Astros manager Dusty Baker bringing in closer Ryan Pressly to face outfielder Brandon Marsh. Montero struck out Marsh, setting up a showdown with Kyle Schwarber with two outs and two runners on. But with all of Citizens Bank Park on their feet, the Phillies slugger hit a sharp ground ball to first base where Trey Mancini swallowed up the ball before tagging first, ending the threat and preserving Houston’s lead at 3-2. — Joon Lee

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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