MLB World Series Game 4 – The Tampa Bay Rays stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th inning and won Game 4, 8-7. The game ended on a host of fielding mistakes as Randy Arozarena scored the game-winning run. Chris Taylor threw the ball to Max Muncy, then to Will Smith to apply the tag at home plate. The ball got away from Smith and did not see where the ball went. Arozarena crossed home plate and this ensured that there will be at least a Game 6 on Tuesday.
6th Inning Magic for the Rays
Randy Arozarena was once again the center of attention for the Tampa Bay Rays. The power-hitting outfielder went 3-4 with 3 hits, 1 home run, and 3 runs scored in the contest that included game-deciding run. For once, his teammates were giving some much-needed backup. Brandon Lowe was 1-4 at the plate with a 3-run blast in the 6th inning that gave the Rays their first lead of the game. Hunter Renfroe and Kevin Kiermaier were the only others to homer for Tampa Bay which balanced its offensive output.
7th Inning: Dodgers Answer Back
Corey Seager and Justin Turner had big nights at the plate in LA’s offense. Each combined for 8 hits, 2 home runs, and 3 RBIs between them. Dodgers’ left fielder, Joc Pederson, was a perfect 2-2 in his two plate appearances. He also racked up 2 RBIs on a bases loaded scenario with 2 outs in the 6th inning. Max Muncy and Kiké Hernandez each plated RBIs as they filled out the rest of the Dodgers’ scoring production.
The biggest spotlight came with 2 outs with a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kevin Kiermaier was the runner at 1st base as Arozarena took on Dodgers’ closer, Kenley Jansen. The ALCS MVP produced a magnificent plate appearance against the Dodgers’ great reliever which induced a walk. Arozarena bided his time by not swinging on Jansen’s nasty pitches in the strike zone and it worked out handsomely. By doing so, this ultimately set up pinch-hitter, Brett Phillips to provide the dramatics.
Defensive Blunder in the 9th Inning
Phillips was at a 1-2 count from Jansen as LA’s closer was ready to put the game away. Philips hit a soft liner right to Chris Taylor to tie the game at 7 with Kiermaier scoring from 2nd base. Then, the Dodgers tried to eliminate Arozarena while attempting a mad dash to score home from 1st base. Will Smith caught Max Muncy’s relay to tag the runner out at third, but before he knew it the ball grazed his glove and it sailed right by him. This mental blunder eventually sealed the Dodgers’ fate and their chance to go up 3-1 on Tampa Bay. The Dodgers have been great fielders, all-season long. The error that the Dodgers committed definitely stung. It is something that they both rue and forget as they turn their attention to Game 5.
Record Setting Game 4
Outside of the late game drama, there were numerous records that were broken in Game 4 of the Fall Classic. Among those records were, first, the streak of 8 consecutive half-innings scored with at least 1 run. Second, the Dodgers’ success when batting with 2 outs. Last, and certainly not the least, is the record for most home runs hit in a single postseason (Arozarena – 9: Seager – 8). Game 4, through and through, was truly a historic night for MLB. The 2020 World Series now becomes a best-of-3 affair. One of these two proud teams will have the chance to go up 3-2 and inch closer to become World Series champions. The Dodgers and Rays are ready to do battle once more as they try to duke it out for baseball’s biggest prize.
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