World Series Game 4: Astros hit the combined no-hitter

World Series Game 4: Astros hit the combined no-hitter

The Houston Astros made World Series history on Wednesday night, throwing a combination hit in a dominating 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Considering Philly’s home run barrage in Game 3, that was exceptionally impressive.

The series is now tied 2-2, and the Phillies have one more home game before they must return to Houston, where the World Series will be decided.

Here are the best moments and takeaways from Game 4.

Game Takeout 4

Don Larsen no longer has the only no-hitter in World Series history.

The Astros combined to not hit the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4, knocking out six dominant innings from Cristian Javier and a combined relief effort from Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly. The Phillies only managed two base runners in Bryce Harper and Brandon Marsh, who each left Javier. Javier finished the night with six innings pitched while striking out nine batters, throwing 97 pitches and 63 for strikes, relying on the combination of a four-seam fastball and a slider.

It’s the 19th combined no-hitter in MLB history and the first in the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Astros had the last combined regular season no-no on June 25 of this season against the New York Yankees — Javier started that game as well. Going back to Game 3, they’ve now gone 11 straight innings without a hit, tying the 1939 Yankees for the longest postseason streak ever.

Meanwhile, the Astros’ offense came alive after being shut out in Game 3. Houston scored all five runs without the long ball, with Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel totaling all RBIs. Phillies starter Aaron Nola looked strong through the first four innings, but made a handful of mistakes in the fifth, when Houston scored all of its runs. Nola finished the night with an unremarkable line, going four innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out four. -Joon Lee

Javier’s big night

Pure dominance. Absolute dirt.

The Phillies had no answer against Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier, who failed to hit Philadelphia in his six innings on the mound in Game 4. Javier finished the night after 97 pitches, striking out nine batters while walking two.

The start of the World Series marked the continuation of an incredible postseason for Javier, who entered the night allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings pitched over two appearances in the League Division. American and the championship series.

Javier primarily relied on his fastball and slider throughout the night, throwing his four seam 72% of the time and his slider 26%. The Phillies struggled to generate hard contact all night, with just two balls hit over 90 mph, both grounded in the sixth by Brandon Marsh and Kyle Schwarber. Philadelphia’s offensive struggles contrasted dramatically with their performance in Game 3, when they scored seven runs on five homers.

To replace Javier, Astros manager Dusty Baker brought in Bryan Abreu, who followed up the no-hitter bid with a scoreless seventh inning eliminating the team. –Lee

Houston is heating up

Phillies starter Aaron Nola held the Astros scoreless for four innings, but in the fifth inning the dam broke.

Houston scored five runs in the fifth, taking a 5-0 lead with Astros starter Cristian Javier going one hit in four innings.

The offensive onslaught began with a Chas McCormick single on Nola followed by two more singles by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Jeremy Pena. With the bases loaded and no outs, Phillies manager Rob Thomson pulled Nola out of the game, bringing in left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado.

But Alvarado immediately got off to a rocky start, hitting Yordan Alvarez with a pitch, tagging McCormick to give Houston their first run of the night. Things only got worse from there for Philadelphia as Astros third baseman Alex Bregman hit a double to right field, scoring Altuve and Pena and extending Houston’s lead to 3- 0.

With both legacy runners scoring, Nola’s last pitching line was four innings pitched with three earned runs on seven hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

But the damage didn’t stop with Bregman. Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker hit a sacrificial fly to center field, scoring Alvarez and moving Bregman to third base. Yuli Gurriel kept the offensive roll going, hitting a single into left field to score Bregman and extend Houston’s lead to 5-0. As Alvarado retired Christian Vázquez and Aldemys Díaz to end the inning, the damage was done. -Joon Lee

Jayme Hoskins buys more beer for fans

The beer is owned by the Hoskins family.

Ahead of Game 4 of the World Series, Jayme Hoskins – wife of Phillies Rhys first baseman – tweeted out a call for fans to meet her for a beer at Citizens Bank Park.

Fans responded with meet Hoskins and have drinks for the game.

Hoskins’ move followed Game 3 when she bought a crate of 50 beers for the fans. –Lee

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