On Friday night, it would have been nice to see the Chicago White Sox playing but that just wasn’t in the cards this year. Instead, Game One of the 2022 World Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. It was a mighty intense game.
The Astros took a commanding 5-0 lead thanks to some big-time home runs from Kyle Tucker. He has been an incredible player for them as White Sox fans know and now he is impressing again on the World Series stage. That’s not a bad way to start.
Unfortunately, Justin Verlander’s record (and ERA) in the World Series is not very good. He ended up allowing the Phillies back in the game as they eventually tied the game at five. It was a masterful job by the Phillies’ batting order to not ever give up and keep themselves focused.
Sometimes you need an amazing comeback victory now and again. Few teams know that and have executed that better than the 2022 Philadelphia Phillies. The game would remain tied for the rest of the regular nine-inning frames.
Once the contest reached extra innings, the Astros were threatened with Jose Altuve on second base. He had a bloop single before stealing second to get himself into scoring position with two outs.
It looked like he was going to score on another bloop single before Nick Castellanos made an amazing catch in right field while sliding. It was a game-saving catch as Altuve would have surely scored and won the game had it been missed.
Later in the 10th, J.T. Realmuto hit a solo shot that gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead. An old friend of the White Sox David Robertson shut the door in the bottom of the inning and the Phillies took game one. It was a remarkable way for the World Series to get started.
The Chicago White Sox postseason record of 11-1 in 2005 won’t be bested.
Going into this game, the Astros were 7-0 in in the postseason. By sweeping the Phillies, their 11-0 would have been a better mark than the 2005 Chicago White Sox team. Now that Houston has lost, they can only tie the record at best and would have to win four straight to do so.
If there is anything that White Sox fans like to hang their hat on, it is how amazing that 2005 White Sox team was. Houston will not be having a better postseason record than them anytime soon.
Oddly enough, it was a sweep over the Astros in the World Series that gave the White Sox that 11-1 record. Hopefully, the White Sox are able to replicate something similar in the coming years.