The 2022 World Series Champions are…

Ian Shure, Staff Writer

        In Game 4, the Astros proved that they were not panicking by shutting down the red hot Phillies offense.

        The Astros pitching was on point as they threw a combined no-hitter for the first time in World Series history. However, this is the second no-hitter in World Series history as the last no-hitter thrown in the World Series was by Don Larsen back in 1956 when he threw a perfect game for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

        During the first four innings, everything that was pitched to a batter ended up as an out whether it was via the strikeout, flyout, or groundout for both sides. The first run(s) of the game came in the top of the 5th inning when Yordan Alvarez was hit by a pitch to score a runner to give the Astros their first lead, a double by Alex Bregman to extend the lead to 3-0, a sac fly by Kyle Tucker, and the last run of the inning and game being off of a Yuli Gurriel single.

        This all was a major part in the Astros´ win in Game 4 as they now have the momentum and a chance at taking a 3-2 series lead before heading back to Houston for Game 6 (and 7 if necessary).

         Meanwhile, for the Phillies, the exact opposite happened as they lost all the momentum they had from Game 3, practically lost the ability to hit, and if they lost they will have to win two games in a row on the road to win the world series. “The Phillies are a resilient team, as demonstrated through their earlier wins in the post season.  They have shown they can come from behind to win and also get a lead and keep it for a win.  So I have faith they can win two more games before Houston wins two more.” Band teacher and lifetime Phillies fan Jeff Reynolds

        After being postponed Game 5 will take place on November 3, 2022, at 8:03 PM on FOX. Both the Astros and the Phillies will be looking to take a 3-2 series lead heading into game 6.

        Game 5 of the World Series, a turning point for the series as whichever team wins will be one game away from winning the World Series.

        The Astros got theirs off of a single by Jeremy Peña in the top of the 1st inning to make it 1-0, meanwhile the Phillies got theirs off of Kyle Schwarber’s fifth home run of the postseason in the bottom of the 1st inning to tie it up at 1-1. Just like in game number 1 after it was tied, nothing happened for a while except for a couple of chances for both sides that didn’t turn into any runs.

         In the 4th inning Jeremy Peña changed that as the ALCS MVP launched a home run into left field giving him his fourth home run of the postseason, and the Astros a 2-1 lead.

        Once again, nothing but outs and foiled chances happened until the 8th inning where Yordan Alvarez hit a sacrifice groundout extending the Astros lead to 3-1.

        The Phillies striked right back however asJean Segura hit a single to right making the score 2-1 and putting the tying run at third base, but they had that chance stopped right in it’s tracks by a diving Trey Mancini.

        The Phillies stayed in the game by forcing the Astros to hit into a double play to the top of the ninth and keep the Astros from extending their lead.

        In the bottom of the ninth, after a strike out by Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto the hero of Game 1 stepped up to the plate for the Phillies and on a 1-1 count, he launched a ball into deep right field… only for it to be caught by a leaping Chas McCormick to get the second out.

       Fun Fact: The Phillies set the all-time record for most strikeouts in a World Series with 71. The previous record was held by the 2020 Rays and the 2001 Diamondbacks, both of which had 70.

       (A Nick Castellanos groundout gave the Astros a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 lead in the series.)

       The last time that an AL team won a World Series trophy was back in 2018 when the Red Sox won it against the Dodgers in five Games.

         The Astros had a chance to accomplish this feat in Game 6 to not only be the first team from the AL to do it since then but to also win their first World Series trophy since 2017, which would be their second in franchise history.

         A pitching battle ensued between the two teams as there were no hits until the 3rd inning for either side and no runs scored until the top of the 6th inning where Schwarber hit his sixth homerun of the postseason and gave the Phillies the first run and lead of the game.

         That lead did not last very long as the Astros strike back quickly. It started with a Yordan Alvarez homerun (his third this postseason) to give the Astros the lead by a score of 3-1.

         The sixth inning came to a close, but not until after the Astros got another run to make it 4-1 after a single hit by Christian Vazquez.

         The Astros ended up holding on after only giving one more hit the rest of the game rn route to a 4-1 win in Game 6 and a 4-2 series win as they are the 2022 World Series Champions.

         ALCS MVP Jeremy Peña became the third ever rookie to win the World Series MVP award. Peña had a stellar series with a Statline of a .400 Batting average, a home run, three RBI’s, and two doubles.

       Thigh concludes another great season of MLB baseball. The off-season should be very fun with all the Free-agents and the players teams are either wanting to or are trying to get rid of, but even though it will be a busy and long offseason, there will be no baseball until spring training starts on February 25, 2023, and the regular season starts on March 30, 2023.