The Houston Astros created history by pitching the first combined no-hitter in baseball history during the World Series, the pinnacle of the sport. Additionally, the Philadelphia Phillies were held hitless in the nine-inning contest by the team’s pitchers. Houston defeated the opposition 5-0 to tie the seven-game series.
In addition, star pitcher Cristian Javier made history by being just the second person to go six or more innings without allowing a hit. When more than one pitcher stops the opposition from getting a hit, the result is a combined no-hitter. Furthermore, the sport saw 18 combined no-hitters in Major League Baseball history, but it had never occurred at the league’s franchise game.
Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly, all relief pitchers, joined Javier in the accomplishment. The 25-year-old Dominican’s fastball, however, which has a top speed of 93 mph (149 km/h), surprised the crowd at Citizens Bank Park and baffled the home team.
Christian Vazquez, the Astros’ catcher, praised Javier’s performance and called his fastball “best I’ve ever seen.”
“You can call it whoever is in the batter’s box and it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be effective and it’s going to do the job.”
Javier is one of only two pitchers in the World Series 118-year history to complete an inning without allowing a hit, including former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in game five of the 1956 World Series at Yankee Stadium. In a nod to the crucial role he played against the New York Yankees in June, he also makes history by becoming the first player to start in multiple combined no-hitters.
Furthermore, Javier, who has only given up one run since September 8, is one of the sport’s most underrated performers. He was signed by the Dominican Republic in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. Dusty Baker, the manager of Houston Astros, said of Javier following the game, “It hasn’t sunk in yet. The sky is the limit for that young man.”
On another note, the Phillies are vying for their first World Series title since 2008 and have gone undefeated at home this postseason. However, the Houston Astros (playing for the fourth time in six seasons) are looking for revenge after their 2017 victory was tarnished by disclosures of illicit sign-stealing. They were charged with using a video camera in the center field to record the other team’s hand signals for the following pitch.
The team received harsh penalties from the league, including a $5 million (£4.38 million) fine with general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager AJ Hinch receiving season-long suspensions.