2022 World Series: Astros’ Framber Valdez rejects doping allegations in Game 2 win
Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez hit back at critics who accuse him of cheating while on the mound in Game 2 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Valdez threw a gem to the Victory 5-2 Saturday. He was seen rubbing his hands repeatedly and changed his cleats and glove midway through the game. Even Phillies players mentioned how good his curveball was in the win, as he threw 42 of those pitches in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
However, the refs checked him repeatedly throughout the game and found nothing. Valdez explained after the game that all the things he did that set off alarms were part of his routine.
“No one should think of it as anything like the wrong way. I do it in the open,” Valdez said. “It’s all tendencies that I do. I do that throughout the game, maybe distract the batter a little bit from what I’m doing, like maybe looking at me, rubbing different things, and nothing on the pitch I’m going to throw. I’ve been doing – the whole season.
“Usually I have different peaks when I warm up and the ones I go into the game. Today I decided to start the game with the ones I warmed up on. I had a long inning there and I said, you know what, I’m going to change everything. I’m going to change my glove, my belt, my spots. And these are things that Dominicans do, just some trends here and there.”
Phillies coach Rob Thomson had no problem.
“The umpires check these guys after almost every inning, and if anything, MLB will take care of that,” Thomson said. “We saw that last time it started, too.”
Valdez struck out nine batters in the win and earned his second win of the postseason.
The series now heads to Philadelphia for Game 3. The matchup can be seen on FOX beginning at 8:03 PM ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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