Arozarena, Ray tops Astros 4-2 in Game 7, reaching the World Series


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San Diego – Eye-catching up-and-coming Randy Aruzarina again, 36-year-old Charlie Morton was brilliant against his former team and the Tampa Bay Rise reached the World Championship for the second time, as the Houston Astros silenced Saturday night 4-2 in Game 7 of the AL Series championship.

The Rays will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves at the World Championships in Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday night. The seventh game from NLCS on Sunday night.

Tampa Bay’s only other appearance was at the 2008 World Series, when it lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five matches.

Innovative Rays led the AL with a record 40-20 in the short epidemic season. Known for their share and defense, they also introduced the concept of beginners and sometimes spread four players.

“You sit here and look at this group of guys, and I always say we don’t have a lot of household names, but at the same time, people are making a name for themselves now,” said defender Kevin Kermeier, Tampa. Tallest Bay player. “And if you don’t know the name now, it is better that they learn it, because we have some kids who can play.”

Right-hand man Manuel Margot squeezed Aldemys Diaz into his glove for the final and the fireworks exploded over the empty field as the fun-loving Rays began to party.

Arozarena was named ALCS MVP and performed the famous Cristiano Ronaldo party dance.

Tampa Bay cut short a three-game losing streak and prevented Astros from facing the 2004 Boston Red Sox, the only major team in the league that recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a series of seven games.

The Rays also banned Astros from becoming the first team to win a flag with a losing record in the regular season (29-31).

The loss ended Houston’s first season since the signal theft scandal was revealed. Astros was seen by many fans as villains for their role in a cheating scandal en route to the 2017 title against the Dodgers, a scam that cost AJ Hinch’s manager and General Manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs.

Under new manager Dusty Baker, the Astros were trying to reach the World Championships for the third time in four seasons. They lost Game 7 to Washington last year.

Mike Zuneno drove the car in two rounds for the Rays, who avoided the shame of joining the 2004 New York Yankees, who led 3-0 in the ALCS and lost four in a row to the Red Sox. Boston won its first World Championships in 86 seasons.

Arozarena, relatively unknown prior to these playoffs, set a rookie record with Homer VII for him in postseason. His 21 songs are a shy record of post-rookie season Derek Jeter in 1996.

Nicknamed the “Cuban Rocket,” 25-year-old Arosarina drove a 1-1 heavyweight from Lance McCollers Jr. to the center-right square in Petco Park with one in first for Homer from two runs.

Margot, who had played for the San Diego Padres since late 2016 until traded in Tampa Bay in the off-season, was on board after being hit on the field.

Arosarina defected from Cuba to Mexico in 2015, signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016 and made his league debut last year. He was traded in Tampa Bay in the off-season, and he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to summer camp and did not participate for the first time in 2020 until August 30.

Until he started showing his strength in October, Arosarina famously made a mistake he made when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals last post-season. After the Cardinals beat Atlanta in the NL League series, manager Mike Scheldt’s wild club posted it to social media, without realizing it would get a negative reaction.

Morton Astros grabbed two hits in 5 and 2/3 0 goals while shooting six and walking one. 14 hitters retired in a row until Martin Maldonado walked one in sixth. George Springer forced Maldonado and finished third on Jose Alto’s single, director Kevin Cash pulled Morton after just 66 throws. Nick Anderson came and Michael Brantley retired.

“Cash has taken the right step again – shock,” Ace Tyler Glasnow, now lined up to start the opening of the World Championships.

Morton is the first major player to win four matches to be won by the winner, including Game 7 of the 2017 World Series and Game 7 of ALCS 2017 against the Yankees when he was with Houston.He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent before the 2019 season and won a Wild Card game in Oakland last year. . Then the rays were eliminated by Astros in ALDS.

Astros broke through against the Rays Bulls on the eighth. Carlos hit Correa as a solo from two rounds off the Fairbanks House before Savior Alex Bregman hit at 100 mph.

Fairbanks worked around a nine-year singles song to lock in in order to counter it.

McCollers Jr. only lasted 3 2/3 runs. He allowed three runs and four strokes, hit seven times and walked one.

Morton and McCollers became the first duo to play in the same Winner Takes All After-Season game as their teammates and later start against each other in the Winner Takes All Game. In the crucial game 7 of the 2017 World Series, McCollers started and went 2 1/3 of goalless innings while Morton pitched the last four innings for the win.

Zonino hit a single shot in the second set at the left flank of McCollers with one exit per second and added sacrifice fly in the sixth set. On Friday evening, he hit his knee with a club in frustration after hitting three courts.

Homer Record

Arozarena is just one away from Homer matching the main league record of eight players in any one season. Barry Bonds set the San Francisco mark in 2002, he tied with Houston player Carlos Beltran in 2004 and Texas’ Nelson Cruz in 2011. Aruzarina is the ninth player to ever play Homer seven times in the post-season period, and it has all happened since. 1995 In The Wild Card Era.

Coach room

Rice: Three-time Gold Glove winner CF Kiermaier is back in the squad. He missed three matches after hitting a pitch on his left hand in Game 3.

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