Phillies alum Charlie Morton seals Astros World Series victory

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Charlie Morton
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Charlie Morton /

The Phillies were well represented in Game Seven of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers

For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions thanks to former Phillies starter Charlie Morton.

Morton pitched only two games for Philadelphia before suffering a torn hamstring covering a play at first base. Despite the injury history, Morton dazzled on the mound for Houston in relief against Los Angeles.

After watching Lance McCullers, Brad Peacock, Francisco Liriano, and Chris Devenski combine to pitch five shutout innings Morton came in looking to eat innings. Morton would go four strong allowing just two hits, one earned run, and collecting four strikeouts.

The 35-year-old Morton would not only earn the win but collected the final out for the Astros.

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Houston’s second former Phillie Ken Giles did not make an appearance in Game Seven, but did appear in Game Two and Four. Giles was traded to Houston from Philadelphia in 2015 for Mark Appel, Harold Arauz, Thomas Eshelman, Brett Oberholtzer and Vince Velasquez.

Quietly representing Philadelphia was Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who played four games in red pinstripes back in 2004. Hinch also played 162 minor league games for the then Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

On the other side of the diamond Philadelphia legend Chase Utley may have played his last major league game. The 38-year-old uncharacteristically struck out swinging in the bottom of the ninth.

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With the World Series now completed Philadelphia will officially introduce their new manager Gabe Kapler, who most recently served as the Dodgers director of player development. Kapler has already been named the manager, but a press conference with general manager Matt Klentak is expected in the coming days.