Red-hot Randy Arozarena ties playoff HR record in Rays’ loss

Red-hot Randy Arozarena ties playoff HR record in Rays’ loss

Randy Arozarena dominated in the first three rounds of the postseason, and Friday night finally announced his presence in the World Series.

The Rays outfielder homered against Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of his team’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas for his eighth blast of the postseason, tying a record.

Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz are the other players with eight homers in a single postseason. Arozarena also collected his 23rd hit of the postseason to break Derek Jeter’s rookie record.

“Still no explanation for it,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I’ve heard some of the names that he is tied with or passing, and that’s some pretty special territory. You look at a guy like Derek Jeter and his career, then you add the postseason, it’s remarkable what he has done.”

Randy Arozarena belts a solo home run in the ninth inning of the Rays' 6-2 Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.
Randy Arozarena belts a solo home run in the ninth inning of the Rays’ 6-2 Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.EPA

The purpose of Austin Barnes’ addition to the Dodgers’ lineup Friday night was his steady game-calling and pitch framing behind the plate.

But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got the bonus package, as Barnes turned into one of the offensive stars of the team’s victory over the Rays.


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