Astros’ McCullers sets WS record by hitting 4 batters in Game 7

The Houston Astros‘ offense gave Lance McCullers Jr. a 5-0 lead early in Game 7, but a lack of control kept his start brief – even if he broke a record in the process.

Before McCullers was lifted from Wednesday’s game after just 2 1/3 innings, the 24-year-old managed to record a dubious World Series record by hitting four Los Angeles Dodgers batters. That broke the previous mark of three, jointly held by White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras in Game 1 of 2005 (ironically, against the Astros), and the Pirates’ Bruce Kison in Game 4 of 1971.

Justin Turner took the brunt of the punishment from McCullers, as the third baseman was hit in each of his first two at-bats of Game 7. Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez also reached base in the most painful of fashions.

McCullers also moved him into a tie with Wild Bill Donovan and Hall of Famer Eddie Plank – both of whom pitched in the World Series during the 1900s – for the most career HBPs in World Series history, according to Sportsnet Stats.

All told, McCullers exited Game 7 having allowed no runs on three hits while striking out three in his abbreviated start. Despite his wildness, Houston still led the Dodgers 5-0 at the time of his departure.

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