Chris Carter did his best to grab his team by the collar and lift them to supremacy in the series finale against the fighting Philadelphia Phillies, but his Herculean effort wasn’t enough.
The fireworks started early. After Jason Castro walked in the first, Carter pulled up his big boy pants and hit his first home run of the night, putting the Astros up 2-0 early. Marc Krauss, seeing how snazzy Carter looked in his pants, found his own pair and strapped them on to give the Astros back-to-back home runs.
The Phillies would squeak a run past in their half of the second, but the Astros were quick to erase it, as Carter, who clearly hadn’t swapped trousers, hit another home run, driving in Castro, who had singled in the previous at-bat.
With the score 5-1, Collin McHugh just had to pitch smart to give the Astros a confidence boost on their way out of Philly, and that he did.
McHugh delivered the smooth sailing that Astros fans sorely needed. But he’d make way for the bullpen in the 8th knowing full well that the Astros bullpen is capable of anything. He’d finish with an impressive line of 7.0 IP, 8 Ks, 5 hits, 1 ER and the all-important 0 walks.
Josh Fields would take the reigns and promptly give the Phillies a run back before parting after a short outing, leaving runners on first and second with only one out for Tony Sipp. One single later, Sipp found himself in quite the jam.
And then Ryan Howard happened. Grand Slam. Game Over. The Astros went down 6-5.
Game MVP: Chris Carter/Collin McHugh