The Houston Astros Philadelphia defeated the Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park to win the franchise’s second World Series title on Saturday.
Kyle Schwarber opened the scoring with a solo home run off Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez in the top of the sixth inning. Valdez finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just one run on both hits.
Phillies starter Jack Wheeler was pulled from the game after allowing two baserunners and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado gave up a three-run home run to Astros slugger Yordon Alvarez to give Houston the lead. Houston would tack on one more run on a Christian Vasquez single.
Astros closer Ryan Pressley closed out the game and ensured that the home crowd in Houston went home celebrating a World Series victory.
Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena was named World Series MVP. Pena became the first rookie in MLB history to win the award, according to the league.
After trailing 2-1 in the first three games of the World Series, Houston evened the series. A combined no-hitter In Game 4. Game 5 Astros ace Justin Verlander earned his long-awaited first World Series victory. Five innings pitched He gave up one run with six strikeouts.
Astros captain Dusty Baker can now add a World Series championship to his impressive managerial resume.
When asked if the win still “hit” him, Baker said, “It hit me pretty good.”
“That ball hit me real quick — Yordon hit one over the moon. That’s when it hit me,” Baker added.
Baker was asked what the most enjoyable part of the run was, and he was quick to respond, saying “it hasn’t sunk in yet” but calling the team “great guys.”
“They told me in spring training they were going to win,” Baker said. “Now, what’s next? Party!”
The win for the Astros was the first time a team won the title at home since 2013. Minute Maid Park hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the team.
Houston has stumbled twice since winning the team’s first title in 2017. The Astros appear in the Fall Classic against the Washington Nationals in 2019 and the Atlanta Braves in 2021.
The team’s 2017 success came with many questions and controversies.
Following the win, Astros owner and president Jim Crane, then-manager A.J. He fired Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, and MLB later suspended both of them for one season without pay for the sign-stealing scandal.
Major League Baseball illegally built a system that decoded and communicated pitching signals from opposing teams during the 2017 championship season.
The team forfeited its regular first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and paid a $5 million fine.
The Astros keep their title — but, for many non-Houston fans, it’s shrouded in scandal.
For Philadelphia, the loss was heartbreaking as the franchise was looking for its first championship since 2008. Lost on penalties to Los Angeles FC in the afternoon 2022 MLS Cup Final.