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The Houston Astros are World Series champions for 2022. The Astros defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in Game 6, 4-1, and in doing so took the series by a count of four games to two. For Houston, Framber Valdez was near flawless until allowing a sixth-inning solo homer to Kyle Schwarber that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The deficit, however, was short-lived. In the home half of the sixth, Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez authored a booming three-run home run off Phillies reliever José Alvarado that gave Houston a 3-1 lead that the lockdown bullpen would not relinquish.
In addition to Valdez’s and Alvarez’s heroics, rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña notched a pair of hits and was on base for the Alvarez homer. This marks the second World Series title for the Astros franchise. The other came in 2017, a season the Astros were later found to have illegally stole signs.Now for some takeaways from the clincher in Houston.
With two on and one out, Phillies manager Rob Thomson lifted his ace Zack Wheeler in favor of power lefty Jose Alvarado, who’s emerged as one of the Phils’ go-to, high-leverage relievers. Alvarado enjoyed the platoon advantage against the first batter he faced, Yordan Alvarez, but as you’re about to see it didn’t much matter:
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