Houston Astros win second World Series in 6 years

The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Saturday night in front of a raucous home crowd at Minute Maid Park to win the World Series and avoid a deciding Game 7 on Sunday. This is the second World Series title in franchise history for the Astros, who also won in 2017.

After going 2–1 down in the series, the Astros rallied to win three straight games, including a historic Game 4 in which they threw a combined no-hitterOnly the second no-hitter in World Series history, and the first since 1956.

Down 1–0 in Game 6, the Astros scored four runs in the sixth inning, including a three home run by Yordan Alvarez, and they never looked back.

2022 World Series Game 6: Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros
Jordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros reacts to the Astros dugout scoring the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning during Game 6 of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Mint Maid Park. Is. November 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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As Alvarez’s 450-foot home run blast vanished, Astros starter Framber Valdez jumped and screamed wildly in the dugout as the crowd of 42,948 went into frenzy, waving their orange rally towels.

Astros manager Dusty Baker eventually got his first title in his 25th season as a manager. The 73-year-old Baker, who had previously appeared in the World Series twice as a captain, became the oldest manager to win a World Series in his third stint as manager of the Fall Classic. As a player he went with the Dodgers three times, winning it all in 1981. He entered Saturday’s game as the most winning manager without a World Series title and improved to 2,094–1,790 with this most memorable win.

“I’ve got 2,000 wins and all they’re talking about is that I haven’t won the World Series yet,” he said on Thursday.

They can’t say that anymore.

The title bows to a major season that saw the team win an American League-best 106 games. They went 7–0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, outclassing both the Seattle Mariners and then the New York Yankees.

However, this latest title comes at a time when the Astros have been one of the most controversial American sports teams in recent history, following sign theft scandal In which Major League Baseball determined that the team used the technique to steal signals during the 2017 and 2018 seasons – the former of which ended in their first title.

In January 2020, the league released a report that determined that the Astros had illegally used live game footage to steal signals from opposing pitchers and catchers and alert their own batsmen that the trash can But what pitch is coming from the beating?

At the time, MLB handed one-year suspensions to both general manager Jeff Luhno and manager AJ Hinch, who were later fired. The Astros also paid a $5 million fine and forfeited their first and second round selections in 2020 and 2021. However, none of the players were punished.

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