Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena is swinging a hot bat again, and has set a new single season postseason home run record.
Arozarena’s fourth-inning shot off Dodgers starter Julio Urías in Saturday night’s Game 4 secured his spot as the all-time leader in home runs for a single postseason. The blast was his ninth of the 2020 MLB playoffs and second in the span of five innings, after he hit his record-tying eighth off reliever Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3.
Saturday night’s blast put the rookie in a league of his own. Urías’ first pitch of the bottom of the fourth was taken for a ride by Arozarena, who sent it into the right-centerfield bleachers – an opposite-field shot.
The homer off Jansen ultimately didn’t make a difference in Game 3’s outcome, as it cut a five-run deficit to four and the Rays lost moments afterward, but the Game 4 solo shot cut the Dodgers’ deficit in half – from two runs to one – and gave the Rays their first run of the ballgame.
Arozarena was called up on Aug. 30 and hit seven homers in the span of less than a month before the playoffs began. He has more than outdone his regular-season performance and has at least one more game to add even more to the total.
Fellow Rays outfielder Hunter Renfroe followed with a homer of his own an inning later, once again bringing Tampa Bay within one after Los Angeles scored in the top of the fifth.