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Sports Arozarena's breakout post-season not quite enough for Rays

12:10  28 october  2020
12:10  28 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Randy Arozarena ' s rise to Rays postseason hero began with this scout's glowing report. The Tampa Bay Rays wouldn’t be playing in the World Series if not for Randy Arozarena , an unheralded Cuban rookie who supplied the No one could have quite seen this level of performance coming.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Randy Arozarena did pretty much everything during a breakout performance for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Except win it all.

Arozarena extended his big league record with his 10th post-season homer Tuesday night, but Tampa Bay lost 3-1 to the champion Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series.

Arozarena batted .364 (8 for 22) with three homers and four RBIs in the Fall Classic, but it wasn't enough. The rookie outfielder also set a major league record with 29 hits and 64 total bases for the post-season.

“That was unbelievable. We were watching him in San Diego, what he did against the two AL teams, and then he brought it over in the World Series. He never stopped,” Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger said. “Really special talent, clearly, and he's going to have an unbelievable career ahead of him.”

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Randy Arozarena again separated himself in playoff lore. One night after taking sole possession of the Major League record for homers in a single postseason , the 19th-ranked Rays prospect set the postseason hits record with an RBI single in the third inning of Game 5 of the World Series on.

Tampa Bay Rays ’ outfielder Randy Arozarena has been on fire this postseason , and that’ s continued during the World Series. In Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Arozarena set an all-time MLB record with his ninth home run of the postseason

One year ago, Arozarena was coming off his first stint in the majors with St. Louis. The Cuban Rocket hit .300 in 19 games with the Cardinals, and then went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in five appearances during the team's run to the NL Championship Series.

Tampa Bay acquired Arozarena and utilityman José Martínez in a January trade that sent touted pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore to St. Louis.

Arozarena missed the start of this season after he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was working out at the team's alternate training site when the Rays traded Martínez to the Cubs on Aug. 30, clearing the way for his promotion.

The 25-year-old Arozarena hit .281 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in 23 games during his first season with Tampa Bay, helping the team win the AL East for the first time in 10 years.

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Randy Arozarena ’ s postseason breakout reached new heights during Game 3 of the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder broke a postseason rookie record held by Derek Jeter and tied a postseason home run record shared by Barry Bonds when he blasted a

Randy Arozarena ’ s postseason breakout reached new heights during Game 3 of the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder broke a postseason rookie record held by Derek Jeter and tied a postseason home run record shared by Barry Bonds when he blasted a

Arozarena put together a strong finish to the season, and then carried his momentum into the playoffs. He went 12 for 20 with three homers in his first five post-season games.

His last homer in the World Series, an opposite-field drive to right in the first, gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in Game 6.

“The home run the first inning, I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Bellinger said. “A slider three inches away it seemed like, and he barrelled it up and hit it out. I’m like, this guy is unbelievable.”

There were runners on first and second when Arozarena batted again in the second, but he struck out swinging for the final out of the inning.

Arozarena also singled with two outs in the fifth, but was stranded there when Austin Meadows bounced out.

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Arozarena slugs into WS history, stumbles into October lore .
ARLINGTON, Texas — Hours after slugging his way into World Series history, Randy Arozarena stumbled into October lore. Is there anything this rookie can't do? The winning run the Cuban sensation scored in a frenetic ninth inning will have fans talking for years after the Tampa Bay Rays stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 Saturday night, tying the matchup at two games apiece. “Randy’s not used to having to run like that. Normally he’s usually trotting,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Those same folks might want to remember that much earlier, the 25-year-old outfielder passed Barry Bonds among others for the most home runs in a single post-season.

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