The 117th World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies was one of the most entertaining World Series matchups in recent history. The first two games took place in Houston, the next three in Philadelphia, and the last one back in Houston. The win differential coming into this game was staggering, as Houston won almost 20 more games in the regular season. The Phillies however, played very well this postseason and were still looking competitive going into this matchup.
Game one took place in Houston, with the Astros having the home field advantage. They started the game well, jumping out with a 5-0 start. But, that is when the Phillies started to heat up. The Phillies responded, scoring five runs of their own, tying the game. The game went to extra innings due to there being a tie, where the Phillies pulled away with a 6-5 win in 10 innings. The Astros have visited the World Series four times in the past five years, but in all these trips they had yet to win a game one.
Game two also took place in Houston, and just like in the first game, Houston got up to a five run lead. In this game however, they held on to this lead, and shut down any attempt at a comeback from the Phillies, leading to a 5-2 win in game two, and tying the series at one win a piece.
Game 3 was the first World Series game in Philadelphia since 2009; the Phillies came into this matchup wanting to put on a show, and they did just that. They came out swinging, posting seven runs in the first five innings from a total of five home runs, tying a World Series single game record. They held the Astros to no runs all game and ended up winning 7-0 in the end. Teams that win game 3 to go up 2-1 in the series, win 69% of the time, so the Phillies odds were looking good following this game.
It seemed as though the Phillies used up all of their hitting ability in game 3, as they came out the very next day to not only get shutout, but no-hit. This is a rare occurrence in baseball, where a team goes the whole game without tallying a hit. This is only the second time in World Series history that a team has been no-hit in a game since Don Larsen threw one way back in 1956. The Astros cruised through this game following their strong pitching performance, winning 5-0, and tying the series 2-2.
Game 5 was the last game in Philadelphia, and was a much needed win for both teams. Both teams started the game out well, both scoring a run in the first inning. Kyle Schwarber, the Phillies leadoff hitter and left fielder, started the Phillies off with a solo homerun, and continued his postseason dominance. This game went down to the wire, but ultimately ended with many stellar defensive stops by the Astros to hold on to the 3-2 win. Now, to Houston: this was a huge win for the Astros as they gained momentum and could now go back home with the lead in hand.
Game 6 was a win or go home game for the Phillies; they were coming into this matchup with some pressure to keep their hopes alive. Kyle Schwarber once again came through for the Phillies with a solo homerun, but after that there was nothing going for the Phillies. The Astros scored four runs that very same inning to take the lead and never looked back. With the aid of excellent pitching, the Astros were able to hold off the Phillies and win it all. This was the first time a team has won a World Series at home since 2013.
This World Series set many records. Most Strikeouts by a single team (Phillies with 71), lowest earned run average by a bullpen in a postseason (Astros with 0.83), most homeruns in a single World Series game (Phillies with 7), second no hitter in World Series history (Astros), and third rookie to win World Series MVP (Jeremy Peña of the Astros). All in all, it was a very eventful World Series, one of the best to date.