It was an anxious and exciting night to be a Philadelphia or Houston sports fan on Thursday, with two high-stakes sports clashing at the same time that gave Houston the lead in the World Series and kept Philadelphia perfect on the field.
Game 5 of the World Series took place in Pennsylvania between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros, each looking to take advantage of a 2-2 series lead. Meanwhile, in the NFL, the Houston Texans hosted the league’s lone undefeated team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The result for those fans: split.
The Astros beat the Phillies 3-2 to take a three-games-to-two series lead as they continue their roll after no-hitting the Phillies in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Trey Mancini, who hasn’t played the field since Oct. 5, comes into the game as a replacement for injured first baseman Yuli Gurriel, and makes perhaps the greatest defensive play of his career, spearing a bullet off the bat line-drive of Kyle Schwarber in the eighth inning, saving the game-tying run.
“I had nothing going through my head,’’ Mancini said, “I just tackled it basically. I was just glad I could help. This is the worst I’ve ever hit, but to make a play like that, makes me forget all of those struggles.’’
Philadelphia rallied within a run and had Bryce Harper on base in the bottom of the ninth, but a sensational wall hold by Astros outfielder Chas McCormick helped preserve Houston’s victory as the clock ticked midnight.
“I was planning anything at the time,” McCormick said after the game. “I saw the wall. I saw the warning track. It was just high enough for me to walk in, reach out and pick it up.
Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander earned his long-awaited first career World Series win after pitching five innings with six strikeouts and giving up a run. He told reporters he received the “rookie treatment” from his teammates after the game.
“They put me in the cart and rolled me in the shower and just sprayed me with all kinds of things, and it was one of the best feelings of my career,” he said. . “I really love these guys. I love our team.
The Fall Classic returns to Houston on Saturday, where the Astros could wrap it up in Game 6.
As the World Series rolled around Thursday night, the Eagles held off the Texans in Houston 29-17 to start 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.
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