From boppers to bunters: Phillies bats shut up in World Series disappointment

Kyle Schwarber went from big bopper to bad bunter.

One of the Philadelphia Phillies’ toughest hitters fouled out on a two-shot bunt attempt with his team one inning from World Series elimination. That bizarre takedown spoke louder than Schwarber’s third-set homer, which briefly put Philadelphia ahead.

After taking a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic, the Phillies failed at home plate and lost three in a row – the latest a 4-1 loss on Saturday night that gave the Houston Astros the title. the World Series in six games.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber #12 makes a bunt attempt against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning of Game 6

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper #3 reacts after hitting against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning

Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper #3 reacts after hitting against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning

“They have a good pitch,” Schwarber said. “Their throw was pretty perfect.”

After ending an 11-year playoff drought and becoming the first third team in baseball history to reach the series, the Phillies haven’t won their first crown since 2008.

“We went through a drought at the wrong time,” said Rob Thomson, unable to join Bob Lemon and Jack McKeon as the only managers to take over mid-season and lead a team to the title. “You have to give credit to their pitching.”

Philadelphia went .101 (9 for 89) with 38 strikeouts, three runs and three extra hits in three straight losses, which included a combined no-hitter by the Astros in Game 4 and a three-hit in the game 6. Philadelphia battered .163 overall in the series — the lowest of any team since Detroit held to .159 while being swept by San Francisco in 2012.

Rhys Hoskins hit .120 (3 for 25) with an RBI, JT Realmuto .167 (4 for 24) with three RBIs and Bryce Harper hit .200 (4 for 20) with two RBIs.

Nick Castellanos fell to .125 (3 for 24) with an RBI when he fouled to end it. Schwarber was leading the field at .250 (5 for 20) with four RBIs.

“We plan to be here next year and the year after that,” Hoskins said. “When you can keep a group together, that’s when I think you can see a good team go over several years to have a chance of winning a championship.”

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Philadelphia’s 71 strikeouts over six games was a series record, breaking the mark set by Arizona in a seven-game win over the New York Yankees in 2001 and tied by Tampa Bay in 2001. a six-game loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago.

Reaching the World Series came as a surprise for the Phillies, who were 22-29 when Thomson replaced fired manager Joe Girardi on June 3. They were the 12th and final team to clinch a spot in the expanded playoffs, an October afterthought that would have been watching at home under the previous postseason format.

“If at the beginning of the year, if you asked a group of people or baseball specialists if we were going to make the World Series, they would probably have said no,” Castellanos said. “We were two wins away from being the best team in North America. So it’s just a building block.

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After finishing 87-75 in the regular season, Philadelphia swept two games away from NL champion Central St. Louis in the new wildcard series and toppled 101-game winner NL East champion Atlanta in four games. in the Division series. Then the Phillies beat San Diego in five games in an all-wild NLCS.

“It’s enduring, that kind of winning atmosphere and winning team,” Thomson said. “They’ve achieved a lot. It’s still disappointing. And I told them after the game, I said, ‘You don’t have to be ashamed. You don’t have to put your head down to anybody.

Harper was looking at 2023.

“I imagine we’re going to be the same team but with a few more things to make us even better,” he said.

Schwarber thought of the Astros’ party at the other clubhouse.

“That taste is here now and it’s an addictive feeling,” Schwarber said. “We know what it takes now in our minds.”

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