The Philadelphia Phillies overturned a 5-0 deficit against Justin Verlander and the Astros to have Twitter believing they’re a team of destiny.
The Phillies looked like they were going to have to concede Game 1 and look to claw back in the World Series in Game 2. Falling behind 5-0 with Justin Verlander on the mound, that seemed a reasonable conclusion.
This Phillies team had other plans instead. Looking like a team on a mission, they turned things around with three runs in the fourth inning and a game-tying double from JT Realmuto in the fifth inning.
If you didn’t believe in Philadelphia’s magic before, now might be the time to buy in. Twitter certainly is.
Best memes and tweets from the Phillies Game 1 comeback
Over on Astros Twitter, the focus was less on the Phillies’ storybook tale and more on the missteps of manager Dusty Baker and the World Series record of Verlander.
Verlander is an outstanding pitcher but his World Series track record has been pretty horrendous. It sure looked like he was set up for his first win in the biggest series of them all but it all went to hell after a while.
Whether it was Baker’s fault or Verlander’s, the Astros were fighting for a win that felt like it was in the bag early.
Kyle Tucker was immense for Houston with two home runs. He opened the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning before dumping another three runs on the scoreboard in the third. In between those Tucker bombs, Martin Maldonado hit an RBI single to start his World Series off strongly.
The Phillies didn’t give up in the face of that deficit. Nick Castellanos drove in Rhys Hoskins in the fourth. Alec Bohm continued the run with a two-run double later in the inning.
Realmuto drew the two teams even with a double that sent Kyle Schwarber home in the fifth.