Astros Secure Their Second-Ever World Series Title


On Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston, Texas, the Houston Astros clinched their second-ever World Series title as they overcame the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies. Entering Game Six, the Astros were up in the series as they led it 3-2 and they were one win away from sealing the series. The game was in the Astros’ favor, but the Phillies would not go down without a fight. They were clutch all postseason as they defeated teams like the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres, and even put up exciting games one and three against the soon-to-be World Series champs, the Houston Astros. 

        Game Six started off as a pitching duel as Astros pitcher Framber Valdez and Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler were both on their best game as they both pitched five shutout innings. But in the top of the sixth inning, The Phillies struck first as Valdez made his first mistake. Phillies hitter Kyle Schwarber smashed a 395-foot laserbeam into the right field bleachers for a home run, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, this would be the only run the Phillies would score as the Astros took a turning point in the game that same inning. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Zack Wheeler was taken out of the game as lefty flamethrower Jose Alvardo came in to face lefty slugger Yordan Alvarez. Alvarez would then change the tide by crushing a 450-foot home run over the batter’s eye in center field. This gave the Astros a 3-1 lead but they were not done yet as Astros catcher Christian Vázquez knocked an RBI single, making it 4-1. 

        From there on out, both teams remained scoreless as the Astros bullpen showed its dominance over the Phillies’ offense. They cruised through the Phillies’ order and secured their second-ever World Series title. In addition, Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña was named World Series MVP as he played a huge part in the Astros playoff run. This win for the Astros is seen as redemption because back in 2017, they won the World Series, but were caught cheating by using a camera in center field to track what pitch would be thrown. They would then use their famous “banging a trash can” method in different ways to signal to the hitter what pitch was coming. To this day, many still consider them cheaters, but some have changed their perspective due to the team’s success this season. Either way, the Astros have definitely proven and earned their title as 2022 World Series Champions.