TAMPA BAY RAYS (2-2) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (2-2)
RH Tyler Glasnow (2-2, 6.08) vs. LH Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.88)
Sunday, October 25, 2020 First Pitch: 8:08 p.m. Location: Globe Life Field TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM, WMGG 96.1 FM (Sp.)
INSTANT CLASSIC—Last night the Rays won a postseason game in walkoff fashion for the third time in club history, following Game 3 of the 2013
ALDS vs. BOS (José Lobaton homer) and Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS vs.
BOS (B.J. Upton sacrifice fly)…Seminole HS product Brett Phillips—who,
as a 2-year-old in 1996, attended the first Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field
with his grandma—delivered a 2-strike, 2-out game-tying single to score
Kevin Kiermaier in his first at-bat since Oct 7…he advanced to second on
an error by CF Chris Taylor, and Randy Arozarena scored the game-winning run on a second error on the play, a missed catch by C Will Smith.
– It was the fifth game in World Series history to end on a walk-off
error, and the first to end with two on the same play…the last team
to win on a walk-off error was the Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2013
World Series vs. BOS on a Will Middlebrooks obstruction call…
it was the first World Series game to end on a fielding error since
the Mets won Game 6 of the 1986 World Series vs. BOS (Bill Buckner error)…the only other World Series walk-off errors: Mets won
Game 4 of the 1969 World Series vs. BAL on an E1 and the Boston
Braves won Game 3 of the 1914 World Series vs. PHI-AL on an E1.
– Last night the Rays became the fifth team in World Series history
to record a walk-off win with the team trailing and the third to do
so when down to their final out…see chart below for play details.
– Last night was the 61st walk-off in World Series history and first
since the Dodgers won Game 3 of the 2018 World Series vs. BOS
(Max Muncy homer)…according to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rays became the first team to win a World Series game they trailed entering the bottom of the 9th inning since the Royals in Game 1 of
the 2015 World Series vs. NYM (trailed 4-3, won 5-4 in 14 innings),
and the first team to win a 9-inning World Series game they trailed
entering the bottom of the 9th inning since the D-backs in Game 7
of the 2001 World Series vs. NYY (Luis Gonzalez walk-off single).
– On a night when Dan Johnson—who hit a game-tying homer with
the Rays down to their final strike in an eventual 8-7, walk-off win
in “Game 162” on Sep 28, 2011—threw the ceremonial first pitch, the
Rays won on a walk-off, 8-7, after being down to their final strike.
– The Rays have four comeback wins this postseason after an AL-most 20 come-from-behind wins during the regular season.
BY THE NUMBERS—This is the 47th time in World Series history the Fall
Classic has been tied 2-2, including the third time in the last four seasons
(2019, 2017) and fifth time in the last 10 seasons…of the previous 46 times
a World Series has been 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win it
all 30 times (65.2 pct.) but only six times in the last 14 occasions…the Game
5 winner of any best-of-seven series (not just the World Series) tied 2-2
has gone on to win the series 43 of 62 times (69.4 pct.)…this is the fourth
time in franchise history that the Rays have been tied 2-2 in a postseason
series but the previous three were all best-of-five: 2020 Division Series
vs. NYY, 2019 Division Series vs. HOU and 2010 Division Series vs. TEX.
– According to ESPN Stats & Info, last night was the 14th game in
World Series history to feature at least three lead changes but the
first with three in the 6th inning (or later)…the first lead change of
the entire series came in the bottom of the 6th, then the Dodgers
went ahead in the top of the 7th before the Rays won it in the 9th.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night was the first game
in postseason history with runs scored in eight consecutive half innings…the previous high was six straight half-innings in Game 3 of the 1947 World Series, a 9-8 Dodgers win over the Yankees.
– Kevin Cash used 21 players in last night’s game, tying the 1961 Reds
and 1947 Yankees for the most in a 9-inning World Series game.
– Last night the Rays became the first team to win a 9-inning World
Series game when allowing 15+ hits since the Brewers yielded
15 hits in a 6-4 win in Game 5 of the 1982 World Series vs. STL.
POWER BALL—In Game 4, the Rays hit 4 HR to tie the franchise record
for a postseason game (5th time), and it was the first time they did that in
a World Series game…their first 6 runs in last night’s game came on homers; their last 2 runs were a result of a broken-bat single, walk, line drive
single and two Dodgers errors…the Rays have hit 4 HR in four of their last
24 postseason games after doing that once in the club’s first 30 postseason
games…according to Stats LLC, the Rays became the first team in major league
history to homer in four consecutive innings of a single postseason game.
– The Rays have hit 33 HR this postseason, the most in a single
postseason in major league history (see chart)…the Rays have hit
multiple homers in 11 of their 18 postseason games…the Rays have
increased their HR/G from 1.33 in the regular season to 1.83 in the
postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.22…68.4 pct.
(52 of 76) of the Rays runs this postseason have come on home
runs, compared to 41.5 pct. (120 of 289) in the regular season.
THE GREAT RANDINO—In Game 4, Randy Arozarena singled in the 1st inning, homered in the 4th, singled in the 6th and walked and scored the game-winning run in the 9th…the homer was his ninth of the postseason, setting a major league record for a single postseason and tying Evan Longoria
for the most in Rays postseason history all-time…all 16 HR with the Rays have
come since Sep 2, the most in a season (reg+post) in major league history for a
player who had none prior to September…according to ESPN Stats & Info,
his 8.11 AB/HR ratio in his postseason career is the best all-time (min. 70 AB)
ahead of Babe Ruth (8.60)…last night was his fifth 3-hit game of the postseason, passing HOU Jose Altuve in 2017, STL Albert Pujols in 2004, SEA Edgar Martinez in 1995 and SEA Jay Buhner
in 1995 for the most in a single postseason…strangely, while Arozarena is batting .377 (26-for-69) this postseason, he is hitless in 6 AB with RISP.
HOW NOW BROWN LOWE—In Game 4, Brandon Lowe hit a go-ahead, 3-run
homer in the 6th—the first in Rays World Series history with 2 runners
(or more) on base…he has 3 HR this series, tied with SF Jeff Kent in 2002
and LAD Davey Lopes in 1978 for the 2nd-most as a second baseman
(while playing the position) in a single World Series behind PHI Chase
Utley (5) in 2009…he has 3 HR in his last 13 AB, after 1 HR in his first 56
AB of the postseason…his 6 RBI this series have all come on homers (solo,
2-run, 3-run)…his 6 RBI are tied with HOU Jose Altuve in 2017 for the
most in a single World Series by a second baseman in the last 11 years.
THE OUTLAW—With his 7th-inning homer in Game 4, Kevin Kiermaier
became the sixth player all-time to hit a game-tying homer in the World
Series out of the No. 9 spot in the batting order, first since MIN Chili Davis
in Game 3 of the 1991 Fall Classic at ATL…Rays No. 9 hitters have 5 HR
this postseason, breaking a tie with the 2018 Red Sox, 2016 Cubs, 2014
Royals and 2002 Angels for most in a single postseason in ML history.
LEFTOVERS—Combining regular season and postseason, 43 of the club’s
78 games (55.1 pct.) have been decided by 2 runs (or fewer)…the Rays are
31-12 (.721) in them, going 8-2 in the postseason after a major-league-best
23-10 (.697) in the regular season…the Rays are 17-7 (.708) in 1-run games:
3-2 this postseason after a majors-best 14-5 (.737) in the regular season.
– The Rays have played six consecutive errorless games and have
made only 1 error in their last 12 games…the Rays have a .994 fielding pct. in the postseason, totaling 4 errors in their 18 games.
– Sixteen of the 25 runs allowed by the Rays in the World Series have
come with 2 outs, including nine with both 2 outs and 2 strikes.
– The Rays have allowed 30 HR, most all-time for a single postseason…the Rays have allowed multiple homers in seven of their last 9
games and at least 1 HR in 16 of their last 17 games…the Rays have
allowed six 1st-inning homers, tied for 2nd-most in a postseason.
– Reg+post, the Rays are 32-7 when scoring first, 40-8 when scoring
4+ runs and 38-1, 34-0, 41-0 when leading after 6/7/8 innings.
TAMPA BAY RAYS (2-2) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (2-2)