MLB

2022 World Series: Astros’ Framber Valdez rejects doping allegations in Game 2 win

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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez tips his cap as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez tips his cap as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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.

2022 WORLD SERIES: FRAMBER VALDEZ’S CREAM, PRACTICE SCORE GIVE ASTROS GAME 2 WIN AT PHILLIES, SERIES TIED AT 1

Astros pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates a double play to end the top of the sixth inning in Game 2 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.

Astros pitcher Framber Valdez celebrates a double play to end the top of the sixth inning in Game 2 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

“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.

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez talks with Jeremy Pena, left, on the mound during the World Series game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez talks with Jeremy Pena, left, on the mound during the World Series game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

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.



#World #Series #Astros #Framber #Valdez #rejects #doping #allegations #Game #win

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button