Arozarena sets postseason hit record
Randy Arozarena again separated himself in playoff lore. The 19th-ranked Rays prospect set the postseason hits record with an RBI single in the third inning of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The record-setting
The 19th-ranked Rays prospect set the postseason hits record with an RBI single in the third inning of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
The record-setting knock was his 27th of the playoffs, eclipsing the previous mark set by
All. He. Does. Is. Hit!— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) October 26, 2020
Randy Arozarena, the #Rays No. 19 prospect, now holds the MLB postseason record with 27 hits after this RBI single.pic.twitter.com/cEhhpMfDw8
After battling Dodgers ace
Following an RBI triple by
"Pretty special. He wanted the ball, too. I noticed that,” Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters. "Congrats to Randy, and I believe Kershaw broke a record also with strikeouts. Pretty impressive career.”
In 20 games during the Rays' run, Arozarena is batting .370/.439/.808 with a record-setting nine dingers, a triple, three doubles, 18 runs scored and 13 RBIs. He's also worked eight walks and accumulated seven multi-hit performances. The 25-year-old is 6-for-18 in the World Series and has hit safely in the last four games.
The historic tater Arozarena clubbed on Saturday night broke the mark of eight that he shared with Barry Bonds, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and the Dodgers'
Arozarena made his Major League debut for the Cardinals in August 2019 before being traded to Tampa Bay in January. After battling the coronavirus to start the season, he joined the Rays on Aug. 30 and belted seven homers in 23 regular-season games while batting .281/.382/.641 in 64 at-bats.
Over four seasons in the Minor Leagues, Arozarena totaled 38 homers in 331 games. Last year, he hit .344/.431/.571 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs in 92 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis.
With his prospect status still intact, Arozarena would be eligible for the 2021 American League Rookie of the Year award.
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