HOUSTON ASTROS owner Jim Crane holds up the World Series trophy after the Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in game six of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park. — ERIK WILLIAMS-USA TODAY SPORT
With a 4-1 win over the Phillies in game six; Pena named MVP
HOUSTON — Yordan Alvarez drilled a triple home run into midfield to assist another strong performance from Framber Valdez as the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 and won their second World Series championship in six seasons.
Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña, who reached .400 in the series, was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Mr. Alvarez hit his third homer of the postseason in the sixth inning ahead of Phillies left-hander Jose Alvarado, who was called out of the bullpen to face the left-handed Mr. Alvarez.
Faced with a 2-1 count, Mr. Alvarez drilled a 98.9mph sinker 450 feet above the punching eye at center to hit Jose Altuve and Jeremy Peña and eliminate the 1-0 lead, which the Phillies grabbed in the top half of the game sixth.
Houston added an insurance run three batters later when Christian Vazquez greeted Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez with a single to the left that scored Alex Bregman, who walked a walk away from Alvarado after the Alvarez homer. Two of the three batters that faced Mr. Alvarado scored.
Mr. Valdez (3-0) carried a shutout into the seventh inning while recording nine strikeouts in Game 2. He was just as effective in his third start against the Phillies in 30 days, allowing two hits and two walks while again notching nine strikeouts. He fanned out five consecutive batters that bridged the third and fourth innings and retired 10 consecutive batters that entered the top of the sixth inning.
By this point, Mr. Valdez had achieved zeros with Phillies starter Zack Wheeler, but Kyle Schwarber gave Philadelphia its only lead, driving a 2-2 sinker from Mr. Valdez to the spots in right field for his sixth home run of the postseason .
Mr. Valdez responded by retiring Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto and Bryce Harper in turn, and Mr. Alvarez unhooked Mr. Valdez soon after. Mr. Wheeler (1-3) was exceptional before running into trouble in the sixth.
He had given up just three baserunners in five innings and put up just two batters over the minimum before flattening Martin Maldonado with a pitch to open the sixth. Mr. Peña followed up with his second hit against Mr. Wheeler two batters later before Mr. Alvarado stepped in for Mr. Alvarez and the tide immediately turned.
Houston right-handers Hector Neris, Bryan Abreu and Ryan Pressly held the lead comfortably, with Mr. Neris and Mr. Abreu sequentially retiring the Phillies in seventh and eighth, and Mr. Pressly needed just seven pitches to complete his sixth Parade to achieve the postseason.
After hitting five home runs in their 7-0 win in Game 3, the Phillies have hit three runs in the last three games of the series. – Reuters