The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday to clinch the franchise’s second World Series title.
A solo homer by Kyle Schwarber in the top of the sixth inning scored by Astros starting pitcher Flamber Valdez allowed the Phillies to limit the damage before being pulled out after the sixth. Valdes finished with nine strikeouts, allowing only two hits and one run.
After allowing two baserunners, Phillies starter Zach Wheeler was pulled out of the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado hit a three-run homer off Astros slugger Jordan Alvarez to give Houston the lead. Houston performs one more time on Christian Vazquez’s single.
Astros closer Ryan Presley came by to close out the game, making sure the Houston home crowd went home celebrating their World Series victory.
Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena was named World Series MVP. Pena became the first rookie in MLB history to receive the award, according to the league.
After trailing 2–1 in the first three games of the World Series, Houston leveled the series after a combined no-hitter in Game 4. He struck out 6 in 5 innings and gave up 1 run.
Astros skipper Dusty Baker can add the World Series champion to his impressive managerial résumé.
When asked if the win “hit” him, Baker said “it was fine.”
“That ball hit me right away – Jordan hit the ball over the moon, and that’s when it hit me,” added Baker.
Baker was also asked what he enjoyed most about the run, and was quick to reply, “I still don’t get it,” but called the team “best mates.”
“They told me in spring training they were going to win,” Baker said. “So what’s next? Party!”
The Astros’ win was the first time the team had won a title on home field since 2013. And Minute Maid Park hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the team.
Houston has stumbled twice since the team’s first title in 2017. The Astros faced the Washington Nationals in the 2019 Fall Classic and the 2021 Atlanta Braves, both of which were eliminated.
The team’s 2017 victory was accompanied by many questions and controversies.
Following the win, Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane fired then-manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after MLB suspended both seasons without pay due to the sign-stealing scandal. did.
Major League Baseball discovered that the club illegally created a system to decode and communicate opposing teams’ pitching signs during the 2017 championship season.
The team lost regular first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and paid a $5 million fine.
The Astros retained the title, but for many fans outside of Houston, it remains shrouded in scandal.
For Philadelphia, the loss was heartbreaking as the franchise was seeking its first championship since 2008. The Philadelphia Union beat Los Angeles FC on penalties in the 2022 MLS Cup final in the early afternoon. With the loss, the city of Philadelphia suffered a double blow on Saturday.