Astros win 2022 World Championships: Houston win second title after Jordan Alvarez’s Game 6 homer’s win over the Phillies

The Houston Astros are the 2022 World Series champions. The visiting Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night in a game 6, 4-1, taking the series from four games to two. For Houston, Framber Valdez was close to flawless until he let Homer solo in the sixth inning for Kyle Schwarber which gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. But the deficit did not last long. In the sixth half home, Astros footballer Jordan Alvarez composed a booming three-game home run from loyal Phillips Jose Alvarado, giving Houston a 3-1 lead that the closing player wouldn’t give up.

In addition to Valdez and Alvarez’s championships, rising star Jeremy Peña hit a pair of hits and was at Alvarez’s home base. This marks the second title in the Astros World Series. The other came in 2017, a season later discovered that the Astros had illegally stolen tags.

Now for some fast food from The Clincher in Houston.

Jordan Alvarez threw a bomb on Fili’s hopes

With two players up and one, Phils coach Rob Thompson elevated his champ Zach Wheeler in favor of left-wing Jose Alvarado, who has emerged as one of the Phils’ highly influential stooges. Alvarado enjoyed a platoon advantage against the first hitter he faced, Jordan Alvarez, but since you’re about to see it didn’t matter:

Yes, that’s 450 feet of game-changing running to the center field. Suffice to say, it’s a paw blast, and it’s not Alvarez’s first time in this postseason:

When Alvarez climbed to the board in sixth place, the game was basically a 50-50 coin flip. Having touched the board after his three-time blast, the Astros had an 84.3 percent chance of winning the game and thus the world championship. This is exactly what happened.

Schwarber interrupted the bowler’s duel and gave hope to Velez

Game Six starts Framber Valdez and Zach Wheeler in sixth matched each other, and it looked, felt and smelled like one of those games that would be delivered as a point-free tie. However, Schwarber was not in a good mood at the top of sixth place, as Valdez slipped into Philly’s lineup for the third time. With a count of 2-2, Valdez faced Schwarber with a low and inside dive, and Schwarber converted it in the first round of the game:

That bat left at 107.3 mph and traveled 395 feet. Schwarber’s was the first home race that Valdez has allowed at Minute Maid Park since July 3, the second time he’s been left-handed all year.

This was Schwarber’s third home run at this World Championships and sixth at home in 2022 after the season ended. Speaking of which, here’s a new piece of the series’ history:

Most of all, though, it gave the Phillies their first lead since the third game. Unfortunately for Philly, that didn’t last.

Houston was one of the elite in the last games of the series

Depth of the playing field was the playing card of the Astros, and they played pretty much to write October and November. This depth resulted in dominating the last three games of the series, as Houston limited the Phillies’ bet to a total of three runs in Games 4, 5 and 6 combined (two of those runs came on Schwarber solo). Game 4, of course, was a common cause of no-hitter for the Astros.

The Astros have joined the next level of franchises

Winning Game 6 meant the Astros became the 21st MLB franchise to win multiple World Series titles. (Coincidentally, the Phillies have two, too.) Of course, the Astros haven’t been around that long in the terms of the MLB franchise. Their first season came in 1962. Among the expansion franchises – that is, those founded in that first round of expansion in 1962 or later – no team has more than two titles. The Astros now join the Mets, Blue Jays, Marlins and Royals as expansion teams to win multiple titles.

Becker joined the Elite Company and may have secured a place in the hall

The Astros captain becomes the third black coach in MLB history to win the World Championship, joining Cito Gaston of the Blue Jays (1992 and 1993) and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers (2020).

Baker has had a steady winning presence in the dugout for a quarter century or so. He has racked up 2,093 wins in his favour, and has led five different clubs to division titles and post-season berths. Becker was probably supposed to be on his way to Cooperstown someday (which means nothing about his good career as a player), and now that he’s won the world championship, he’s definitely bound to get a plate. Becker came five rounds away from winning the world championship with the Giants in 2002. Who would have guessed that in 20 years he would be done with the job?


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