Randy Arozarena did it again.
The Tampa Bay Rays rookie outfielder hit a two-run home run under first inning Lance McCullers Jr. to give the Houston Astros Early in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday in San Diego.
This is Arozarena̵7;s seventh home run of the postseason, a 416-foot explosion in the right-center from a 2-2, 97 mph fastball. He became the fourth player to hit at least seven home runs before the World Series, matching Daniel Murphy of the 2015 Mets and BJ Upton of the 2008 Rays to seven and sitting behind Carlos Beltran’s eight for 2004 Astros. Arozarena had an extra round to add to his total, but he did not homer against the Blue Jays in the wild-card series, being hit three against the Yankees in the division series and now four in the ALCS.
Rays climbed 2-0 as he set an MLB record for most HR in a posteason of a rookie via (via @MLB) pic.twitter.com/nzJtEhPOQh
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2020
Although Beltran’s Astros failed to reach the World Series, Beltran shared the overall record of a posteason in eight home runs with Barry Bonds (2002 Giants) and Nelson Cruz (2011 Rangers). Going into his second plate appearance, Arozarena hit .404 / .456 / .904 in 14 playoff games and his 47 total base was second for a single posteason, followed by David Freese’s 50 for the 2011 Cardinals. Freese hit .397 that postseason and became the MVP of the National League Championship Series and World Series.
The Rays captured the 25-year-old Cuban in the offseason from the Cardinals, who surrendered 2018 first-round pick Matthew Liberatore to the deal. Arozarena tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the start of the regular season, not playing his first game for Tampa Bay until August 30. He hit seven home runs in September, showing more strength. than his minor league record expected (hit 15 home runs among minors in 2019 at 343 at-bats).
Time to view past rookie records …
Randy Arozarena has 7 HR this postseason
Only players with more than one single postseason:
2011 Nelson Cruz
2004 Carlos Beltran
2002 Barry Bonds
… with 8 each
– Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 18, 2020
#Rays HR heroes tonight:
4 HR at the time
4 HR in posteason
7 HR at the time
7 HR in postseason #ALCS
– Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 18, 2020