World Series Recap

Gabe Vastardis

On Saturday, November 5th, the Houston Astros won the World Series in a very highly
anticipated matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies. Throughout this series, there were plenty
of big moments to look back on.
To kick off this series, the Phillies traveled to Houston for game 1. Houston came out scoring early, as outfielder Kyle Tucker hit two home runs, along with an RBI from Martin Maldonado,
giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phillies weren’t done yet though, because they stormed back
to tie the game 5-5 going into the top of the 9th inning. Against all odds, J.T. Realmuto hit a
home run in that same inning, giving the Phils their first lead of the game. David Robertson
came in to close the game, and he did just that. The Phillies had a 1-0 series lead.
With an early lead over the Astros in the series, the Phillies looked to take another game from
them in their hometown. With Zach Wheeler on the mound, the Phillies were looking to throw a
master class against a loaded Astros lineup. Philadelphia thought wrong, as Houston dropped 3
runs on them in the very first inning. On the other side of things, the Phillies weren’t able to
score a single run until the 7th inning. There was a little bit of controversy during the game
though, as Framber Valdez was seen touching his glove and then rubbing the ball with
something, or that’s how it seemed at least. Phillies Manager Rob Thomson said that he didn’t
notice anything suspicious, even after the umpires checked his glove, and the game continued.
The Astros tied the series 1-1, and they were now headed to Philadelphia.
In game 3, the Phillies tore the Astros to pieces, as Alec Bohm, Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins,
Kyle Schwarber and Brandon Marsh all hit home runs off of Lance McCullers. The Phillies didn’t just dominate on offense, through 9 innings they allowed just 5 hits, and 0 runs. With that, the Phillies took an unexpected 2-1 lead over the Astros in the big series.
Game 4 came along, and many could say that they thought the Phillies grew a lot of
momentum going into the next 2 games at home. This was the opposite, as Christian Javier
took the mound and shocked the entire world with his performance. A World Series no-hitter,
one of the only to happen on the big stage. Along with this, the Astros dominated Aaron Nola
and Jose Alvarado, as Houston tied the series 2-2, with a 5-0 win.
The last home game for the Phillies rolled around, and this one was a nail-biter. The Astros
started off the scoring, as Jeremy Peña got their first RBI. The Phillies weren’t gonna go down
that easy though, as they fired back on Justin Verlander with a lead off bomb from Kyle
Schwarber. The rest of the game was not far out of reach, but Houston carried a 3-1 lead most
of the game. A small glimpse of hope shined for Philly, as they were down just one run, with a fly ball heading to the wall. At the very last second though, Chas McCormick made a diving catch, which would lead to a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 lead, and the Astros were heading back home to try and close this thing out.