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Javier dominates as Astros record World Series’ 1st combined no-hitter

Javier dominates as Astros record World Series’ 1st combined no-hitter

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Nov 03
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The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 on Wednesday with the World Series’ first-ever combined no-hitter. Astros pitcher Cristian Javier also became the second player to pitch for six or more innings without allowing a hit to even the series at 2-2.

Javier struck out nine batters and walked two. He struck out Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto three times each and Bryce Harper two times before exiting after six innings and 97 pitches. Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressl then threw one hitless inning each.

Game 4 was the second no-hitter win in World Series history. The first was recorded in 1956 when Don Larsen led the New York Yankees to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 Series.

Alongside that feat, Javier became the only pitcher since Jerry Koosman in Game 2 of the 1969 World Series to carry a no-hitter through six innings.

During the game, Javier relied on his fastball, throwing it 72 percent of the time, with speeds reaching 93 mph. The 25-year-old also kept the Phillies off balance with some well-timed sliders.

Teammate Christian Vazquez praised Javier, saying he had the best fastball he had 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,” Vazquez said.

Pitching in front of his father for the first time, Javier said his parents had motivated him to lead his team to a no-hit victory.

“When they told me that, obviously I got a lot more motivated,” Javier said. “I kept my faith in God and obviously I knew I had a big commitment today being down 2-1 in the series.

"And with my parents being here, I just tried to give my best, give my family the best that I could.”

- Christian Javier

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