Astros fly past Phillies in Game 6 to win championship, build dynasty case

Astros fly past Phillies in Game 6 to win championship, build dynasty case

With six more innings of great work from Framber Valdez and one thunderous swing of Yordan Alvarezthe Astros reduce Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6, 4-1, to win the 2022 World Series.

In the beginning, a duel between Valdez and the Phillies starter Zack Wheeler, Game Six turned on in the sixth inning, when the starters tired and the bats caught up. Phillies’ slugger Kyle Schwarber opened the scoring — and lifted Philly’s hopes — with a solo homer against Valdez. But in the bottom of the frame, the Astros responded with an avalanche.

Shortstop Martin Maldonado loaded the plate and took first base on a groundout. Shortstop Jeremy Rock crushed a single to get Wheeler out of the game, and then Alvarez walked Jose Alvarado’s fastball, hitting a three-run homer on a path that didn’t involve much in the way of getting off.

After falling behind 2-1 in the series, the Astros took control with a combined no-hitter in Game 4 and a tight Game 5 victory. In their return to Houston, they avoided the pitfalls of defeat in the 2019 World Championship. Washington Nationals and shut down the Phillies.

The championship caps a dominant stretch for the Astros that included six straight runs to at least the ALCS and four World Series appearances. Their only title so far, however, is the 2017 championship marred by a sign-stealing scandal. With draft picks shed, leaders deposed and boos at every turn, the franchise continued to win.

Even when the main stars left, they found new collaborators such as Peña, Valdez and Christian Xaviera breakout pitcher who started a no-hitter in Game 4. Under Dusty Baker — who earned the first championship of his 25-year managerial career — they put up a new banner with the title of 2022, which cannot be doubted due to the sign-stealing scandal.

The sign-stealing conversation won’t settle with a win. It may never subside. But with that will start a new conversation: Is this Astros team a dynasty?

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