Pink-hot Randy Arozarena ties playoff homer report in Rays’ loss
Randy Arozarena dominated within the first three rounds of the postseason, and Friday night time lastly introduced his presence within the World Collection.
The Rays outfielder homered in opposition to Kenley Jansen within the ninth inning of his team’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers in Recreation 3 of the World Collection in Arlington, Texas for his eighth blast of the postseason, tying a report.
Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz are the opposite gamers with eight homers in a single postseason. Arozarena additionally collected his twenty third hit of the postseason to interrupt Derek Jeter’s rookie report.
“Nonetheless no clarification for it,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated. “I’ve heard among the names that he’s tied with or passing, and that’s some fairly particular territory. You take a look at a man like Derek Jeter and his profession, then you definately add the postseason, it’s exceptional what he has performed.”
The aim of Austin Barnes’ addition to the Dodgers’ lineup Friday night time was his regular game-calling and pitch framing behind the plate.
However Dodgers manager Dave Roberts bought the bonus bundle, as Barnes changed into one of many offensive stars of the group’s victory over the Rays.
Barnes grew to become the primary participant for the reason that Yankees’ Hector Lopez in 1961 to drive in a run with a sacrifice bunt and homer in the identical World Collection recreation.
Barnes’ homer got here within the sixth inning, a solo blast that prolonged the Dodgers’ result in 6-1. His security squeeze occurred two innings earlier, bringing in Cody Bellinger from third base.
“They requested me to do one thing and you’ll want to do it,” Barnes stated. “Runs are at a premium within the postseason as everyone is aware of, so particularly with the way in which Walker [Buehler] was throwing the baseball, we felt excellent about it.”
The winner of a Recreation 3 in a best-of-seven postseason sequence has gained that sequence 65 of 94 instances for a 69.1 p.c success charge.