If there is a Venezuelan who has shone with his own light in the Major Leagues, that is Jesús Marcano Trillo, a man who established himself as the best second baseman in the game during his pinnacle in the best baseball in the world.
One of the highlights of his career occurred in 1980, during the National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros, precisely the teams qualified for the 2022 World Series.
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In that confrontation, “Indio” Trillo was essential in the Quakers’ comeback, in a series that was played over a maximum of 5 games, where he hit .381 (21-8), .364 OBP, .571 in slugging percentage, .935 OPS, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 run scored, 4 RBIs and a pair of strikeouts.
He maintained a good performance throughout the definition, but in the eighth inning of the final match he hit a 2-run triple that was decisive because he completed a great 5-run rally to turn the score in favor of the Phillies.
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Although the Astros scored 2 at the end of that 8, and went into extra innings, his hit made Philadelphia’s eventual 8-7 win possible. There he ensured his election as Most Valuable Player, the first Creole to achieve such a distinction.
Subsequently, the Pennsylvanians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4 times by 2, for which Jesús Marcano Trillo left his indelible signature in the Phillies’ first title in the World Series, the event that defines the Major League champion, the main stage of the sport of bats, gloves and balls.
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On August 7, 2021, the Monaguense was elevated to the Hall of Fame of this organization, the second native to achieve it, the 42nd of the franchise and the ninth of those monarchs of 1980.
Venezuelan pride! ðŸ‡»ðŸ‡ª
— MLB Venezuela (@MLBVenezuela) August 8, 2021