Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Game 161 - Phils Drop Hangover Game

2019 Topps Heritage #722
Astros 10
, Phillies 0
Game 161 - Tuesday Night, October 4th in Houston
Record - 87-74, 3rd Place, 14 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Clearly in a fog following the clinching win on Monday night, the Phillies were soundly defeated by the Astros (and nearly no-hit) in the 10-0 loss.

What It Means:  I'll allow it.

What Happened:  Ranger Suarez, presumably the NLWCS Game 3 starter for the Phillies, was hit early and often, allowing six runs, seven hits and three home runs in three long innings.  Houston starter Justin Verlander was nasty, striking out 10 in five no-hit innings.  Two other relievers, Hunter Brown and Hector Neris, added three more hitless innings.  Will Smith entered the ninth with a chance for the combined no-hitter, but Garrett Stubbs promptly singled to center to end the bid.  Two more singles would follow, but Smith struck out the side to leave the bases loaded and mercifully end the game.

Featured Card:  Old friend Neris has had a successful first season for the pennant-winning Astros, appearing in 70 games and going 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 65 1/3 innings pitched.  It would have been nice to have had Neris back in the Phillies bullpen this season.

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