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Astros relievers bring home second no-no in World Series history


PHILADELPHIA — When Ryan Pressly finished a no-hitter thrown by Cristian Javier against the Yankees in the Bronx in June, Houston’s closest said, “Doing it in New York is the best feeling in the world.”

He didn’t know how wrong he could be.

Just four months later, Pressly became the first pitcher in MLB history to participate in two combination hits, as he capped Wednesday’s 5-0 no-hitter victory by the Astros over the Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series at Citizens. Bank Park to tie the series at 2-2.

“There’s always pressure in the World Series,” Pressly said after Wednesday’s win. “Whatever the score, you want to put a zero. You don’t care about hits or anything, you just want to win.

Houston manager Dusty Baker, who lives in baseball as long as anyone lives, surely would never have considered retiring a pitcher in the middle of a tie game earlier in his managerial career.

Closer Ryan Pressly celebrates with starter Cristian Javier after Pressley, Javier and two other relievers combined for a no-hitter in the Astros’ 5-0 win over the Phillies.
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But, as Baker said after the victory, “It’s baseball in 2022.”

So when Javier was down to 97 pitches in six innings, there wasn’t much of a decision to make – especially considering who Baker needed to bring behind Javier.

“We had a real cool paddock, [an] an extremely cool bullpen and one of the bullpen’s best,” Baker said. “So I had full confidence that they could do the job.”

He was right.

Baker turned first to Bryan Abreu, who had arguably the toughest job of any of the three relievers used, facing the heart of the Philadelphia roster.

But the right-hander came in and sniffed out JT Realmuto, Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos in his only innings of work.

Astros relievers bring home second no-no in World Series history
Left to right: Astros relief pitchers Rafael Montero (47), Bryan Abreu (52), starting pitcher Cristian Javier, (53) receiver Christian Vazquez (9) and closer Ryan Pressly (55) pose for a photo after their no-hitter in a win over the Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park.
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Abreu said there was no talk of the no-hitter in the bullpen before he entered.

“We don’t look at the box score,” Abreu said.

Then came ex-Met Rafael Montero in the eighth and he picked up where Abreu left off, knocking out Alec Bohm to start the inning before knocking out Bryson Stott and Jean Segura.

Segura’s understudy on the right was perhaps Philadelphia’s best chance for a hit on the night, but Ryan Tucker was there to make the hook.

“He hit good, but it was almost fair on me,” Tucker said.

Pressly came in the ninth and closest was the only reliever to allow a base runner, when he took out Kyle Schwarber with one out before blasting Rhys Hoskins right and Realmuto to hit a helicopter at third, where Alex Bregman made a great play to end it.

“As soon as I saw [Bregman] scoop, I knew it was over,’ Pressly said. “We were able to put the [Game 3] loss behind us and now we must carry on [Thursday].”

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