2022 World Series: How Cristian Javier fueled Astros' no-hitter with 'electric' Game 4 outing vs. Phillies


PHILADELPHIA - The Houston Astros just made history by becoming the first team to ever throw a combined no-hitter in a playoff game. The only other no-hitter in World Series history was Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. If we include the entire playoffs, Roy Halladay's Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS no-hitter in this same ballpark is all that remains. There are now three playoff no-hitters. The Astros have tied the series, 2-2, in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. They needed this one, too. In media circles, it's a bit of a running joke to ask managers if a game is a "must-win." In all likelihood, the Astros didn't come into Game 4 of the 2022 World Series -- trailing 2-1 to the Phillies in the best-of-seven series -- thinking it was a must-win game. But man, they sure needed it. Falling down three games to one with Game 5 being played in Philadelphia would've been a very bad idea. No worries, starting pitcher Cristian Javier said with his right arm. The Phillies offense that came back from a 5-0 deficit to win Game 1 and pounded five homers for seven runs in Game 3 was stifled from the get-go by Javier. He dominated. He got through his six innings without having allowed a hit and letting just two hitters reach base. Source