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The Houston Astros won their first game since 2017 with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series Saturday at Minute Maid Park. champions, and star hitter Yordan Álvarez was a major factor.
Astros trail 1-0 after Kyle Schwaber homer in first half of sixth inning, Al Varez responded to a 3-run homer from Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado to put Houston up 3-1. The 25-year-old finished with one at-bat in four overs and three RBIs.
Before Saturday night, Álvarez had not hit the home run since Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners .
YORDAN ALVAREZ 3-RUN HR gives ASTROS a 3-1 lead 🤯 @BRWalkoff
Sarah Lance @SlangsOnSports Yordan Alvarez’s HR going 98.9 mph
It was the fastest course to hit a home run of his career
2 of his 3 fastest pitches HR has been this PS: THIS + ALDS G2 (98.3 mph, 3rd fastest he was knocked out by HR)
Mary Rivera @MarlyRiveraESPN
. @ESPNStatsInfo : Yordan Alvarez’s three HRs in this postseason not only put the Astros ahead, but came when the team was behind. He’s the only player in MLB playoff history to have 2 trailing to over-the-top HR in the 6th inning or later, and he’s now hitting 3 in the entire postseason. https://t.co/ZfET4x8Bp1
Catcher Christian Vazquez drives second half of sixth inning in Houston’s Game 4, Flembert Valdez on soil The trick was impressive, allowing just one run on two hits in six innings.
While it took a team effort Saturday night to get the win, Twitter praised Álvarez for his heroics more than any other player :
Forever and forever Jordan. https://t.co/wKjaC7hjCY
lavida baseball@lavida baseball
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Jordan 😤💪 pic.twitter.com/PN6UnJQb1w a>
I want to personally thank the Dodgers again for sending Jordan away. It turned out great.
Jordan is really him 😭😭😭
Alex Del Barrio @alexdelbarrio
Yordan Alvarez is the closest thing baseball has to Big Papi magic. When that’s all said and done… Jordan might pass him and Dad might be the best playoff key hitter ever. Crazy thinking about it
Jessica Kleinschmidt @KleinschmidtJD I really like Yordan Álvarez
Mackaline Johnson @Mackailynjtv
YORDAN and PEÑA are the kings of this series and I am obsessed with 😭⚾️⚾️
2022 campaign is Alvarez’s fourth in MLB game. He won Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was an All-Star this year, but his World Series-winning home run likely will linger in his memory more than any other honor.
Luckily for the Astros, Alvarez signed a six-year, worth The $115 million extension will be locked into the 2028 season. For what he has accomplished at such a young age, the price tag seems like a good deal.
As long as Alvarez is around, Houston should be fighting for more titles in the years to come.