By Jack Poleto
The Houston Astros came away with a World Series title for the second time in history on Nov. 5 in game six of seven against the Philadelphia Phillies.
On Oct. 28, the Phillies won the first game in Houston in the tenth inning with a score of 6-5. The Astros went up early in the second inning with a standalone home run by right fielder Kyle Tucker. Catcher Martin Maldonado drove in a run with an infield single. In the third inning, Tucker hit a 395-foot home run, allowing for the Astros to go up 5-0.
The start of the fourth inning changed the tides in favor of the away team. The Phillies’ right fielder Nick Castellanos hit a single to left field, allowing first baseman Rhys Hoskins to score. The next batter, Alec Bohm, hit a double to left field, allowing designated hitter Bryce Harper to bring the score to 3-5 with an Astros lead.
The game was tied in the fifth inning after a hit from Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto had a deep drive to left center field, allowing Kyle Schwarber and Brandon Marsh to score.
The remainder of the game was scoreless until a hit by Realmuto in the tenth inning, giving the Phillies the win in game one and the lead in the series 1-0.
Game two was played the day after on Oct. 29 in Houston, where the Astros would tie the series at 1-1. The game was dominated by the home team in with the first five innings keeping Philadelphia scoreless and the Astros scoring five runs.
The Phillies’ first run came after Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly out to left field allowing Castellanos to score. In the ninth inning, their second run came from an error by the Astros that drove in a run from Bohm.
For the third game, the two teams traveled to Philadelphia to play three games in Citizens Bank Park, the first of which was on Nov. 1.
The Phillies dominated the entire game with each of their scores coming off homeruns. The first two came in the first inning as Harper hit a 402-foot bomb to the right, driving in Schwarber with him. The next two were in the second inning as he hit a homer to the left for a total of 373 feet and Marsh hit one to the right, travelling 358 feet, bringing the score to 4-0.
The final three runs for the game were all scored by Philadelphia in the fifth inning. Schwarber hit a ball 443 feet deep past center field that had Marsh score as well and Hoskins hit the final homerun of the game 374 feet to the left, giving the win to the Phillies 7-0.
The fourth game happened on Nov. 2 which the Astros won, who posted the first no-hitter in World Series history. Although a combined, Houston’s starting right-handed pitcher, Cristian Javier, tallied up a total of nine strikeouts while the rest of the team put up five runs, tying the series at 2-2.
Game five was played in Philadelphia on Nov. 3, where the Astros would win in an uneventful game 3-2. The Astros’ Jeremy Pena hit a ball to center field, allowing Jose Altuve to score. The Phillies answered in the bottom of the first inning with a 368-foot home run by Schwarber. In the fourth inning, Pena hit a home run of his own to left for 350 feet giving the Astros the advantage 2-1.
Houston scored again at the top of the eighth inning after Yordan Alvarez hit a ground out, allowing Pena to score. In the bottom of the inning, Segura hit a single out to left field driving Castellanos home to score in vain as the Phillies could not muster another run.
The two teams then went back to Houston for the sixth and final game of the series where Philadelphia would take their final loss, giving the Astros their second World Series title.
There was no action in the game until the top of the sixth inning where the Phillies’ Schwarber hit a 395-foot homerun to the right. The Astros answered in the bottom of the sixth inning with a homerun from Alvarez, tying the game at 1-1. Their game winning run came Christian Vasquez hit a single to left field driving Alex Bregman home to win the game 2-1 and the series 4-2.
Regardless of their loss, local Phillies fan Justin Fitzpatrick was still optimistic about the way his hometown team played, saying that the city really rallied behind this team and brought back the “brotherly love” that Philadelphia is known for. “I think there’s something so special about a city rallying behind their team and embracing the underdog mentality”. The Philadelphia Phillies closed out their season with a record of 87-75 proving that it does not matter how a team starts their season, it is about how they finish.
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Photo Caption: Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies’ stadium, in game three of the world series.