The Tampa Bay Rays worked hard, but finally got the better of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday at Globe Life Field. With this 8-7 victory, the Floridians tied two games everywhere.
Brett Phillips saved the day as his team came to terms with two strikeouts late in the ninth inning. His single allowed Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena to cross the plate, following a mistake by Chris Taylor.
Trailing halfway through the game, the Rays were able to count on Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe to take a first lead in this duel. The outfielder and second baseman both put balls out of bounds, with Lowe going for three points in the bottom of the sixth. Kiermaier also participated in the bombing with his second in the World Series.
After Walker Buerhle, it was Julio Urias’ turn to dominate the mound for the Dodgers. The Mexican gunner set a World Series high for a pitcher from his country by striking out nine men at bat.
Arozarena still treats
It was a different story, however, when the Dodgers’ relief came into play, allowing the Rays to regain their marks on offense.
Fortunately for Randy Arozarena, who had been one of the few to produce a little offense on Friday. That didn’t stop the first-year player from standing out again by hitting a ninth long ball in the fourth inning in these series. It is even an all-time record for a single season.
Arozarena leaves big names behind him, while Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz and Corey Seager were joint record holders. The 25-year-old outfielder also matches the mark of his career playoff homerun franchise, which is owned by Evan Longoria.
Corey Seager played a good game for Los Angeles. The shortstop scored a point in the eighth inning with a single and his long solo ball early in the game also put Los Angeles in good shape.
Justin Turner, he continued to speak his power. He stretched his arms in a second straight game and for a 12e times in a playoff career, setting a franchise record.
The Dodgers will have the opportunity to recover on Sunday, with the presentation of game number 5.