World Series Recap

The World Series trophy via Chicago Tribune.

The World Series trophy via Chicago Tribune.

The Philadelphia Phillies vs. The Houston Astros.
These two teams had totally different paths to the World Series. The Phillies had the second worst record out of any team in the playoffs, only winning 87 games in the regular season. The Astros had the second best record out of all of the teams in the playoffs with 106 wins in the regular season. Even though these two teams played pretty different from each other in the regular season, they both caught fire in the postseason. The Phillies swept the Cardinals in the wildcard round, beat the Braves three games to one, and then beat the Padres four games to one. The Astros did not have to play in the wild card so first they swept the Mariners, then they swept the Yankees. With this, the World Series was set.

J.T. Realmuto rounding the bases after give the Phillies the 6-5 lead via The New York Times.

Game 1
The World Series started off with a bang, in game one the Astros hopped out an early lead with two massive home runs from Kyle Tucker and an RBI single from Martin Maldanado to make the score 5-0. But, in the top of the fourth the Phillies fired back with a Nick Castellanos RBI single and two RBI doubles from Alec Bohm making the score 5-3. In the top of the next inning, the Phillies got on the scoreboard again with a two run double from J.T. Realmuto to tie the game up 5-5. From there the score stayed the same into extra innings, where in the tenth inning J.T. Realmuto hit a solo home run to put the Phillies up 6-5. In the bottom of the inning David Robertson closed the game out to make the Phillies lead the series one game to none.

Alex Bregman hitting a two-run home run to extend the Astros lead via

Game 2
In the second game the Astros jumped out to an early lead with three straight doubles and Yordan Alvarez scoring on an error all in the first inning to put them ahead 3-0. In addition to this, the Astros tacked on two more in the fifth with an Alex Bregman two-run home run to make the score 5-0. In the seventh inning the Phillies added a run with a sacrifice fly out and in the ninth they added an extra run on an Astros fielding error, but the Phillies did not have enough for the comeback this time with a final score of 5-2. The series was tied at one a piece.

Bryce Harper hitting a two-run home run the first inning making Philly fans go crazy via The New York Times.

Game 3
Game three was all Philly. The Phillies jumped on starting pitcher Lance McCullers with a Bryce Harper two-run home run in the first inning and two solo shots from Bohm and Brandon Marsh in the second inning which put the Phillies up 4-0 very quick. In the fifth inning Kyle Schwarber hit a towering two-run home run and Rhys Hoskins the very next batter hit a line drive solo home run to put the Phillies up 7-0. The score stayed the same throughout the rest of the game, leaving the series at two games to one, Phillies lead.

The Astros pitchers and catcher that made the world series no hitter happen via The Guardian.

Game 4
The fourth game of the series started off a little slower than the others, with no runs being scored by both teams in the first four innings. But in the fifth inning the Astros scored five runs starting with an Alvarez RBI hit by a pitch, then an Bregman two-run double, followed by a Tucker sacrifice fly and Yuli Gurriel Rbi single put the Astros up 5-0. The score stayed the same, but the Astros pitching staff made history pitching a combined no hitter with Christian Javier, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly. This is only the second time there has been a no hitter pitched in a World Series game. The series was all tied up at 2 games each.

Jeremy Pena hitting massive home run to give the Astros the lead via Sports Illustrated.

Game 5
In game five the Astros started off with an RBI single from Jeremy Pena to score Jose Altuve to make the 1-0. In the bottom half of the first inning the Phillies got on the board with a leadoff solo home run from Schwarber to make the score 1-1. In the fourth inning the Astros put themselves ahead with a solo home run from Pena to make the score 2-1. In addition to this, the Astros tacked on another run in the eighth inning off of an Alvarez RBI groundout to give the Astros a 3-1 lead. When the Phillies came up in the bottom half of the inning they scored a run off of an RBI single from Jean Segura, they would’ve scored at least two more runs as well if it wasn’t from an amazing play from Trey Mancini ending the inning leaving the score at 3-2 Astros. In the ninth inning Pressly closed it out by giving the Astros the 3-2 win to make the series three games to two, Astros lead.

Yordan Alvarez hitting a ginormous home run to make the Houston fans go bonkers via CNN.

Game 6
In game six, win or go home for the Phillies. For the Astros it’s a little easier for them, they either win and win the World Series or lose and play tomorrow. Both teams’ starting pitchers came out playing great, pitching 5 scoreless innings each. In the top of the sixth the Phillies got on the board with a solo home run from Schwarber making the score 1-0. In the bottom half of the inning the Astros had two runners on base when Alvarez slammed a ginormous three-run homerun to put the Astros up 3-1. In addition to this, Vazquez added another run that inning to make the score 4-1. In the top of the ninth inning Ryan Pressly got Nick Castellanos to flyout to Tucker to give the Astros the World Series win. The World Series MVP was rookie Jeremy Pena. Pena is now the first rookie position player(not a pitcher) to win the World Series MVP.

Now that the season has officially concluded the MLB free agency and trades have just started, so grab your popcorn and get ready for an emotional rollercoaster as some of your favorite players may be leaving or staying.