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Arozarena sets HR record for a single postseason

Field Level Media

October 25, 2020 at 1:58 am.

Tampa Bay Rays rookie Randy Arozarena set an MLB record when he hit his ninth home run of the postseason in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.

Arozarena went deep on the first pitch he saw from Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning of the contest played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Arozarena had tied the record shared by Nelson Cruz (2011), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Barry Bonds (2002) when he homered in the ninth inning of Game 3.

Arozarena’s blast brought his record for total bases in a single postseason to 57. It was also his 25th hit, a rookie record that is one shy of the overall mark set by Pablo Sandoval in 2014.

Arozarena, 25, made his season debut for the Rays in late August after overcoming COVID-19. He hit .281 with seven homers in 23 regular-season games, carrying his success over to the postseason, where he entered Saturday batting .354 with his eight homers and 11 RBIs.

Earlier Saturday night, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hit his eighth homer of the playoffs to match the previous record held by Arozarena, Bonds, Beltran and Cruz.