The Philadelphia Phillies came out swinging in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Buoyed by five home runs, the Phillies won by a final of 7-0 and took a 2-1 series lead.
The Phillies scored all of their seven runs on home runs and chased Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers after just 4.1 innings.
Alec Bohm was one of five Phillies to hit home runs last night.
His home run made it 3-0 in the second inning after Bryce Harper had gotten things going in the first.
Buster Olney of ESPN revealed that Bohm and others received some important advice from Harper last night on how McCullers was pitching.
McCullers, entering today, had thrown one fastball to a left-handed hitter all postseason. Phillies were very aware of this. https://t.co/LEekZsd4qn
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) November 2, 2022
Harper Gives Key Advice To Phillies
It seems that the advice given by Harper paid off.
McCullers wasn’t going to his fastball very often, as was reported by Olney.
In fact, McCullers had thrown just one fastball to left-handed batters all postseason long.
Perhaps it could have helped him against the Phillies in Game 3 last night.
Clearly, the Phillies were able to find a weakness in McCullers and exploit it.
His minimal use of his fastball is something that the Phillies were well aware of heading into Game 3 and is something that they were able to take advantage of.
The Phillies are now two wins shy of their first World Series title since 2008 and will send Aaron Nola to the mound for Game 4 of the series tonight.
The Astros will send Cristian Javier to the mound in hopes of evening the World Series at two games apiece and ensuring a trip back to Houston.