Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier threw six no-hit innings and the Astros bullpen— Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly —held the Phillies hitless over the final three innings for the first postseason no hitter since Roy Halladay’s 2010 no hitter. It was the third no-hitter in postseason history. The Astros offense provided 5-runs of support en route to a 5-0 World Series Game 4 victory.
The Astros win ties the series at two games apiece and ensures the World Series returns to Houston.
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Let’s not get too crazy, the Philadelphia Phillies are sitting in an advantageous position with the World Series tied at one heading to South Philly on Monday. They are undefeated, 5-0, at The Bank and they’ve stolen home field from the Houston Astros.
That should not be understated.
But they’ve done it with both ace’s pitching well below expectations. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler allowed 5-runs each in less than 10-total innings pitched in Game 1 and Game 2. This forced Phillies manager Rob Thomson to get creative with the bullpen, and by extension, the starting rotation.
This isn’t sustainable if the Phillies want a parade down Broad St in the next week or so. And now, thanks to the lackluster performances by Nola and Wheeler, the Fightin’s will be forced to go deeper into their pitching staff as the World Series hurdles towards critical mass.
There is no margin for error heading into Game 3 and Game 4 with Noah Syndergaard and Ranger Suarez on the mound.
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The Houston Astros scored 3-runs in the first inning off Phillies starter Zack Wheeler and rode 6.1 1-run innings from Framber Valdez en route to a a 5-2 victory in World Series Game 2. The Astros win tied the series at one-game apiece.
The Astros jumped on Wheeler with three doubles in the first four pitches of the game to quickly take a 2-0 lead. A throwing error by Edmundo Sosa —Rhys Hoskins should’ve picked it— allowed another run to score to make it 3-0 ‘Stros.
That was all Houston’s Valdez would need. The crafty lefty threw 6.1 innings of one run baseball. The 28-year old allowed one run on 4-hits with 3 BBs and 9 Ks. The Phils simply didn’t have an answer for the off speed heavy hurler.
For the Phillies, Wheeler was inconsistent and struggled to find the zone. He seemed to be settling down before allowing a 2-run homer to Alex Bregman.
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Major League Baseball officially announced the dates and start times for all 2022 World Series games on Monday afternoon. It should come as no surprise, but all games will begin promptly at 8:03 PM/Eastern time and will be televised on Fox.
Here’s the complete schedule courtesy of MLB:
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