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Javier from Baseball Astros, Reliefs No-Hit Phillies to World Series By Health & Fitness Journal

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©Health & Fitness Journal. November 2, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Houston Astros backup pitcher Bryan Abreu (52) hits Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos (8) in the seventh inning of game four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park. Order 2/5

By Rory Carroll

(Health & Fitness Journal) – Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier and three assists teamed up to throw the second no-hitter in World Series history on Wednesday as Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 in game four to end the ‘fall Classic” to balance.

Javier played six innings and hit nine, Bryan Abreu beat the team in the seventh, Rafael Montero threw a perfect eighth before Ryan Pressly finished the third no-hitter in MLB postseason history.

Javier rushed to the mound and lifted Pressly in celebration after third baseman Alex Bregman fielded a hard ground ball to seal the win.

Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series and Roy Halladay of the Phillies threw a no-hitter in the 2010 Division Series in a game also played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

“My parents told me I was going to throw a no-hitter and thank God I was able to pull it off,” Javier, who is from the Dominican Republic, said through an interpreter.

“That’s what they told me last night.”

Javier’s parents were present to witness his performance as his father only arrived in the United States the day before the game.

“I was just trying to do my best, give my family the best I could, and have my dad here so he can enjoy the success I’ve had,” said Javier, who joined the Astros in 2020 .

A day after Philadelphia blew up for five home runs to win Game Three 7-0, their batsmen had no response to the 25-year-old right-hander’s electric fast ball and deceptive slide.

Unbeaten at home, Philadelphia was averaging seven runs a game this postseason before their bats went silent.

‘SHORT TERM MEMORY’

The Astros did all their damage to the plate in a five-run fifth inning highlighted by Bregman, who smashed a 0-2 bid for a two-run double into right field.

Astros catcher Christian Vazquez said Wednesday’s win is all the more special because it guarantees the series will return to Houston for a sixth game on Saturday and, if necessary, a seventh game on Sunday.

“We’re excited to split up the series,” he said.

“Now we can finish it at home.”

Javier told reporters that in Game Seven he could return to the mound after three days of rest if necessary.

The Phillies were also on the wrong side of a combined “no-no” in April, and manager Rob Thomson said his robust roster will continue to look forward.

“We didn’t get hit against the Mets in New York earlier in the year and came back the next day and won,” Thomson said.

“So these guys have short memories. You’re going home tonight. They’ll go to bed and come back here tomorrow and prepare and compete like they always do.

Game five takes place in Philadelphia on Thursday.

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