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World Series recap: Astros beat Phillies in six games

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The World Series finally came to an end on Saturday night. The Houston Astros beat the Cinderella Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The Astros, who were arguably the best on the team in the regular season (potentially outside of the Los Angeles Dodgers), won their second World Series in franchise history (2017 being the first). Meanwhile, the Phillies are ending their terrific season just a little short.

When you look at the series as a whole, plus a heavy game at home, the Astros have proven to be the far superior team. If it hadn’t been for the Phillies’ five-run comeback in a 10-inning opener, led by JT Realmuto (2 for 4, 3 RBI), the Phillies could have gone home two games down. As in Game 2, Houston responded in a big way, earning a 5-2 victory thanks to a three-run first inning and a magnificent game of Framber Valdez (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 9 SO).

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Game 3 seemed to have been a huge turning point. The Phillies jumped on Lance McCullers and rocked him for five homers (most homers against a starting pitcher in World Series history) and seven runs. Ranger Suarez held the Astros off the board and the Phillies took a 2-1 series lead with two more games to come in rowdy Philadelphia.

Luckily for Houston, they were able to respond again and win the two remaining games at Citizens Bank Park in the series. Game 4 was the Christian Javier show as he went six hitless innings while striking out nine. He was sensational and the Astros bullpen added three more no-hitters behind him as Houston didn’t hit the Phillies in Game 4. It was only the second no-hitter in history. of the World Series.

The Astros then won a pitching duel 3-2 in Game 5 where Justin Verlander outperformed Noah Syndergaard and the Phillies bullpen. The Astros pulled back a 3-2 series lead in Houston heading into a potentially deciding Game 6.

Led by Framber Valdez, the Astros once again clinched their second World Series title. Valdez threw six solid innings and was completed with a massive three-run home run in the sixth inning via Yordan Alvarez.

Alvarez’s bomb cleared the batter’s eye in center field and turned the game from a 1-0 Phillies lead to a 3-1 Astros advantage. Houston hung on and took a 4-1 win in Game 6.

After the game, rookie feeling Jeremy Pena was named World Series MVP. Plus, future Hall of Fame manager dusty baker was finally able to celebrate a World Series title. It was also great to see a cancer survivor Trey Mancini get her first ring as well. In total, the Astros, who have 106 wins, topped the playoffs, going 11-3 and sweeping their first two series over the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.

As for the Phillies, it was a terrific run for a team many of which were eliminated before squeezing into third place Wild Card with an 87-75 record. They swept the St. Louis Cardinals before surprisingly rebounding the National League champion Atlanta Braves in four games. Finally, they beat the Padres in five before falling to the 2022 World Series champion Houston Astros. Despite the loss, a sensational and surprising season for the Phillies.