Framber Valdez K's 9 in dominant Game 2 outing (1:19)

There is a time and a place for it.

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The Houston Astros had a big lead and were able to hold on for the win.

The Astros took care of business in the second game of the series, winning by a large margin. The Astros led off the game with three straight extra-base hits, the first time in World Series history that has happened. Houston was in control of the game from the beginning and Alex Bregman's two-run home run added some insurance.

The best sights and sounds from the second game of the World Series can be found here.

Game 2 takeaways

Houston's win in the first game was an Astros win for 2022. This is how the Astros were able to win 106 games in a row.

The game was over after just four pitches, when Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alvarez each doubled, with the latter scoring on an error. It was difficult to get the ball up in the air against him. He was able to get out of a couple small jams.

Kyle Schwarber missed a two-run home run in the eighth, but the Phils had a chance to take the lead in the frame. He hit a foul ball that was initially ruled a home run before the umpires called it a foul ball. He went out to Kyle Tucker in front of the wall. With two runners on,Harper popped out to shallow right-center, with Pena catching the ball in a near collision with Tucker, as he tried to steal second.

The path to a World Series title for thePhillies is dependent on those pitchers delivering great outings and that hasn't happened with only Game 1's historic five-run comeback at least giving them a split in these first two games.

One area of interest is the fact that Baker likes to leave his players out of the game. The pitcher came back out for the seventh after throwing 94 pitches. Baker left him in after Nick Castellanos' leadoff double despite the fact that it was a five point game. In the playoffs, Houston's relief has allowed just four earned runs in 40.2 frames with just 19 hits allowed, so it's something to keep an eye on.

Bregman goes yard

Alex Bregman hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give the Astros a five-run cushion. Wheeler had been terrific through his first four playoff starts with a 1.78 earned run average, but hasn't had the same zip on his fastball and has to throw more offspeed pitches. A guy who maxed out at 99 against the Padres in his last outing has an average speed of 94.2 mph. One of the reasons the Phils gave him an extra day of rest was because he lost some of his velocity after a few starts. The long postseason may be taking its toll on Wheeler. His first two home runs of the playoffs were in the same year.

The Wheels on the train go round and round.

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2022

Valdez is dealing

In the second game of the series, we're seeing the guy who won 17 games this season with a 2.98 earned run average and led the American League in strikeouts. He struck out the 4-5 hitters in the Philadelphia lineup, including the one who was looking at a 97-mph sinker, and got Nick Castellanos to ground into a fielder's choice. It's not fair that he has a cutter with ridiculous movement and can dial it up to 97. In the first game of the series, Verlander was tired in the middle of the game, but it doesn't seem like he's going to get tired in the second game.

Houston opens the scoring

Wheeler's next pitch, a curve, was drilled into the left-field corner by Jeremy Pena for an insurance run. The flyball was lofted off the Crawford Boxes by Yordan. There were four pitches and three doubles. The World Series has never started with three straight extra base hits.

The Astros were able to steal a third run because of shoddy Philadelphia defense. The big man was able to tag up on a flyball to center fielder Matt Vierling, who was able to scoop the throw from Sosa. In the playoffs, we've been waiting for the Phillies' defense to hurt them, and they did that in the first. The Astros are up by three Sounds like it's familiar?

Don't mess with Texas.

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2022

Triple double.

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2022

Pregame fashion


— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 29, 2022

The hero of Game 1 is in the building. #WorldSeries

— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2022

The classic Bregman #WorldSeries flannel is back.

— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2022

Bounce back.

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 29, 2022