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World Series Game Four: History in the Fall Classic

The Houston Astros pitched a combined no-hitter; the first World Series no-no in 66 years

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 3 months ago 3 min read

One year ago today, the Houston Astros' quest to prove the doubters wrong fell short, as they lost that year's World Series to the Atlanta Braves. The Astros, of course, found themselves back in the Fall Classic, but they were playing from behind for the second time, as they were down two games to one. Game Three saw the Astros fall victim to the longball, with the Philadelphia Phillies hitting five home runs in their victory. The Astros were looking to even the score against the Phillies, because a 3-1 hole would mean certain death for Houston.

The first four innings were quiet, but the fifth saw the Astros explode for five runs, all of them scored via base hits--no home runs were hit. The Astros led 5-0 after five innings, but the attention was centered on what was happening on the mound. Cristian Javier pitched six innings of no-hit ball. Yes, you read that right. Six innings, nine strikeouts, and no hits surrendered. After six innings, Bryan Abreu and Rafael Montero pitched the seventh and eighth respectively, successfully getting the next six outs without any blemishes, with four of the six outs coming via strikeout.

Finally, Ryan Pressly entered the ninth, looking to not only seal the victory, but also complete a historic moment in baseball history. Brandon Marsh, who hit one of Philly's five home runs in Game Three, struck out to lead off the ninth. Kyle Schwarber walked, and Rhys Hoskins popped up, moving Houston one out away. Next up was J.T. Realmuto, and he hit a ground ball to Alex Bregman, who tossed it to Yuli Gurriel for the 27th and final out.

Only one other World Series no-hitter was pitched in the history of the Fall Classic, and it occurred on October 8, 1956. It was the famous perfect game pitched by Don Larsen, who earned the World Series MVP that year for his performance. Overall, this is only the third postseason no-hitter in baseball history, with the other one coming in Game One of the National League Division Series in 2010, pitched by Roy Halladay. The Astros have a knack for these opportune no-hitters. After all, they are the only team in the last 64 years to no-hit the New York Yankees, doing so twice (2003 and 2022). Javier was actually the starter in the 2022 combined no-no against the Yankees, so he tends to be good luck to Houston pitching.

History was definitely made in Game Four, but here's the bigger picture: the Series is even. It's 2-2 now, and the Fall Classic is now a best-of-three, with Houston's Game Four win allowing the Series to return to the Lone Star State. Now it's Philly's turn to have their backs to the wall. They went from being all powered up in Game Three to having absolutely no juice in Game Four. One has to think that they will deliver a big time response in their final home game of the season.

Game Five is Thursday in Philadelphia, and it will be part of a rare sports equinox. A sports equinox occurs when all four of the main leagues (MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL) play on the same day, and part of that equinox includes the Houston Texans facing the Philadelphia Eagles, meaning that the two cities will clash in two sports on the same day. The winner will have the opportunity to clinch the whole thing on Saturday in Houston, so this is a very pivotal game in the Series. It will be Justin Verlander on the mound for the Astros, while Noah Syndergaard (the originally scheduled Game Three starter) will take the mound for Philadelphia.

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About the Creator

Clyde E. Dawkins

Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy

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