PHILADELPHIA — Cristian Javier’s parents, Trinidad Mieses and Cecilio Javier, flew from the Dominican Republic to Philadelphia and sat in his hotel room late Tuesday night, preparing for the biggest outing of his life. The Houston Astros were coming off a tough loss and needed Javier to save them from a crushing World Series deficit, but Trinidad and Cecilio tried to strike an upbeat and supportive tone.
Javier teamed with Astros relievers Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly to complete the first combined no-hitter in playoff history, using his devastating fastball to antagonize a helpless Philadelphia Phillies roster during the first six innings of what became a 5-0 Astros victory. in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Javier’s departure was a re-enactment of the combined no-hitter he played a key role in against the Yankees on June 25, making Javier the first pitcher to throw multiple combined no-hitters in a career, let alone the same season.
There have been 18 combined ties throughout major league history, but none have come particularly close to occurring in the playoffs.
The season will come to a close for Philadelphia Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard and Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander when they square off in Game 5 of the World Series on Thursday, just like they did in their first regular season departures in April.
World Series Game 4 is on ESPN 102.3 / AM 1000 KSOO Thursday 6:00 p.m.