Phillies’ Bullpen Falls Apart, Astros Take Game 1

The highly touted Philly bullpen fell apart in the top of the 8th inning today in Philadelphia, blowing a 2-1 lead built on by starter R.J. Hansen to allow a massive seven runs in the opening game of the 2018 Fall Classic. Philadelphia led 2-1 on the back of a RBI double from Franco scoring Federowicz from second and Lindor from first with a close call at the plate.  But, by the bottom of the 8th, the game was over, after back to back to back home runs from Tucker, Sanchez and Jagielo and before the Tucker home run, a bases clearing 3 run double from George Springer. Gio Gonzalez went 6.2 IP, gave up 3 hits, 2 runs, walking 5 and striking out 7, Jake Barrett gets the win after getting one out. R.J. Hansen went 5.2 IP, gave up 4 hits, 1 run while striking out 8, Garcia took the loss and the blown save. Shelby Miller is slated to start for Houston tomorrow, with Aaron Nola getting the call for the Phillies who cannot afford to travel to Houston 0-2 in the series. Miller has not had the best post season, in two starts he is 0-1 allowing 9 runs in just over 7 innings of work, his last start was on the 16th October in the 9-6 win (no decision) against the Blue Jays. Nola has seen the Phillies win every time he has stared in the off season, has a 1-0 record, last pitched against Colorado where he didn’t fare too well lasting 5.2 innings, allowing 5 runs and striking out 7. Game two tomorrow, rest day Tuesday and into Houston Wednesday for three games.