The Houston Astros made history against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night, as Cristian Javier faced a combined no-hitter amid a dominating 5-0 victory in Game 4 to tie the 2022 World Series.
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Astros vs. Phillies (PHI leads the series 2-1)
Unlike the previous two games, no team was listed in the first inning. Only Yordan Alvarez reached safely after going celibate.
Aaron Nola out of trouble
The Phillies starting pitcher got two of the first three batters to base in the top of the second inning. With runners in the corners and one out, Nola retired Aledmys Diaz and Chas McCormick to end the inning.
Houston has gone 14 straight innings without scoring a run.
We’re scoreless in three innings in Philadelphia. Nola and Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier each struck out four batters, with the former allowing two hits and the latter walking two.
Additionally, Nola threw 47 pitches in the third inning, while Javier threw 50 pitches.
Nola goes through another jam
The Astros had runners first and second in the top of the fourth after a pair of two-out singles. Nola then forced an out of Diaz’s first pitch to end the inning.
Javier takes care
Javier hit the team in the bottom of the fourth, making JT Realmuto, Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos feel on the third strike. The right-hander recorded seven strikeouts in four innings.
Astros forces pitch change
Houston’s first three batters hit base in the top of the fifth, leading manager Rob Thomson to pull Nola out of the game in favor of Jose Alvarado. Nola allowed seven hits while striking out four batters in four innings.
Houston breaks the ice
Alvarado hit Yordan Alvarez on the first pitch he threw, walking into a run to give Houston a 1-0 lead.
The astros wake up
The next hitter, Alex Bregman, threw a two-run double to right field, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead with runners at second and third. Kyle Tucker then hit a sacrifice fly, giving the Astros a 4-0 lead.
They get another run
The Astros go wild in the fifth, as Yuli Gurriel singled to left field for Houston’s fifth run of the inning.
Javier is in a groove
The Astros right-hander struck out two more in the bottom of the fifth, giving him nine for the game. Also, Javier has allowed no hits in five innings.
Javier shot after a no-hitter in six
Manager Dusty Baker pulled Javier out of the game after the sixth inning in favor of Bryan Abreu. Javier didn’t allow a hit in six innings and had nine strikeouts while throwing 97 pitches.
No no no
Abreu hit the team in the bottom of the seventh, making Realmuto, Harper and Castellanos feel on the third strike. Houston went one no-hitter in seven innings.
Combined without hitting up to eight
Rafael Montero picked up where Abreu left off, going 1-2-3 late in the eighth. The Astros have allowed no hits in eight innings, after posting 17 straight outs.
The Astros did. Closer Ryan Pressly pitched a relatively clean ninth inning to finish the combined no-hitter.
It’s only the second no-hitter in the World Series – which has been played since 1903 – and the third in the MLB playoffs.
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