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WORLD SERIES GAME 2: RAYS 6, DODGERS 4 — POSTGAME NOTES.

The 116th World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
World Series Game Two – Postgame Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas

TAMPA BAY RAYS 6, LOS ANGELES DODGERS 4 (SERIES TIED, 1-1)
First Pitch: 7:08 p.m. CT Game-time Temperature: 81 degrees Tonight’s Attendance: 11,472 Time of Game: 3:40
PITCHING LINES
TAMPA BAY IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes

Blake Snell 4.2 2 2 2 4-0 9 1 0 20 88/49
Nick Anderson (W) 1.1 1 1 1 0-0 2 1 0 5 19/12
Pete Fairbanks 1.2 2 1 1 0-0 1 1 0 7 23/16
Aaron Loup 1.0 0 0 0 0-0 2 0 0 3 11/9
Diego Castillo (SV) 0.1 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 1 3/3
LA DODGERS IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes
Tony Gonsolin (L) 1.1 1 1 1 1-0 1 1 0 6 29/16
Dylan Floro 1.1 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 3 19/10
Victor González 1.0 0 1 1 1-0 0 0 0 4 10/6
Dustin May 1.1 4 3 3 0-0 1 1 0 8 25/19
Joe Kelly 1.0 2 1 1 0-0 2 0 0 5 16/13
Alex Wood 2.0 2 0 0 1-1 2 0 0 9 26/24
Jake McGee 1.0 1 0 0 1-0 1 0 0 5 16/9

KNOTTED AT 1-1
• This is the 60th time that a World Series has been tied 1-1
after two games. Of the previous 59 times, the winner
of Game Two has gone on to capture the Series in 31
occasions (52.5%). However, that has been the case
on just four of 12 occasions since 1993 – those being
Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2009, Chicago in 2016
and Houston in 2017. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians,
2003 Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rangers,
2013 Cardinals and 2014 Royals all won Game Two to
square the Fall Classic, but went on to lose the Series.
PIVOTAL GAME THREE
• Of the previous 59 times that a World Series has been
tied, 1-1, the team winning Game Three has gone on to
win the Commissioner’s Trophy on 38 occasions (64.4%).
That has been the case in five of the last eight (except
St. Louis in 2013, Kansas City in 2014 and Cleveland
in 2016), and 12 of the last 16 instances, with the other
exception being 2003, when the Yankees won Game 3 to
take a 2-1 lead, but lost the next three contests. Prior to
that, it had not occurred since 1979, when Baltimore took
a 2-1 lead against Pittsburgh before losing the series in
seven.
DODGERS AT 1-1
• This marks the 13th time since 1900 that the Dodgers
have been tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Postseason series,
previously doing so in the 2018 NLCS (Milwaukee); the
2017 World Series (Houston); the 2016 NLCS (CHI
Cubs); the 2009 NLCS (Philadelphia); the 1988 NLCS
(NY Mets); the 1977 World Series (NY Yankees); the
1974 World Series (Oakland); the 1959 World Series (CHI
White Sox); the 1952 World Series (NY Yankees); the
1949 World Series (NY Yankees); the 1941 World Series
(NY Yankees); and the 1920 World Series (Cleveland).

• Of the previous 12 occurrences, the Dodgers only went
on to win the 2018 NLCS, the 1988 NLCS and the 1959
World Series.
RAYS AT 1-1
• This marks the third time in franchise history that the
Rays have been tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Postseason
series. Both previous occurrences came during Tampa
Bay’s 2008 playoff run, with them defeating Boston in the
ALCS before falling to Philadelphia in the Fall Classic.
GAME TWO RESULTS
• The Rays improved to 7-4 in Game Two of a Postseason
series, and are now 2-0 in Game Two of the Fall Classic.
Tampa Bay is now a perfect 4-0 this Postseason in Game
Two.

• The Dodgers dropped to 28-23 in Game Two of a
Postseason series, and are now 10-11 in Game Two of
the Fall Classic. Los Angeles is now 2-2 this Postseason
in Game Two.
KEYSTONE POWER
• Second baseman Brandon Lowe connected for a pair of
home runs tonight. He became the first player in franchise
history to club multiple homers in a Fall Classic game. It
marks the seventh such game by a Ray in Postseason
history, most recently accomplished by his teammate
Manuel Margot in Game Six of the ALCS against the
Astros.
• In addition, it marked the 55th multi-homer game in World
Series history, and the first since Steve Pearce in Game
Five of the 2018 Fall Classic.
• Lowe became the sixth second baseman (seventh time)
in World Series history to record a multi-homer game,
joining Chase Utley (2009 G1 and G5), Jeff Kent (2002
G5), Davey Lopes (1978 G1), Charlie Neal (1959 G2)
and Tony Lazzeri (1932 G4).
SNELLZILLA
• Blake Snell tossed 4.2 innings of two-run ball tonight with
nine strikeouts, four walks and two hits allowed. Snell
had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings before giving up a
two-run homer to Chris Taylor.

• With nine punchouts, Snell surpassed Glasnow (8) for the
franchise record in a World Series game. He matched
his personal Postseason record, which he set in Game
One of this year’s Wild Card round against the Blue Jays.
Glasnow’s 10-strikeout performance in Game Two of this
year’s ALDS against the Yankees paces the franchise’s
Postseason mark.

• Snell became the first pitcher in World Series history
to throw fewer than 5.0 innings with nine strikeouts. It
marked the 10th such outing in Postseason history overall,
and the first since Washington’s Patrick Corbin last year
in Game Four of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

• Snell became the third pitcher in World Series history to
tally at least two strikeouts in four consecutive innings,
joining Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.
Game Two Postgame Notes – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
FIVE-INNING ROAD BLOCK
• Following Blake Snell’s 4.2 inning-start, the Rays
became the sixth team in World Series history to have
four consecutive starters not reach 5.0 innings (Tyler
Glasnow, 2020 G2; Scott Kazmir, 2008 G5; and Andy
Sonnanstine, 2008 G4).
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays became
the first AL Club to do so, as it was previously accomplished
by the Dodgers (5G, 2017-18); the Cardinals (5, 1987-
2004); the Giants (4, 1989); the Padres (4, 1984) and the
Dodgers (7, 1947).
DOING IT ALL
• Manuel Margot became the first player in franchise
history to log at least two hits, a walk, one run scored
and stolen base in a Fall Classic contest. It marked the
third such game in Rays Postseason history, previously
accomplished by Joey Wendle (2020 ALDS G2) and
Evan Longoria (2008 ALDS G1).
TWO-OUT PROWESS
• The Dodgers scored two runs tonight with two outs, and
have now amassed 43 two-out RBI this Postseason. The
next closest this Postseason is Houston and Tampa Bay
at 22.
• Since 1999, the Dodgers’ 43 two-out RBI rank fourth in
a single Postseason, behind only Boston (46) in 2004,
Boston (45) in 2018 and San Francisco (45) in 2002.
SEAGER STAYS HOT
• Corey Seager launched his seventh home run of the
2020 Postseason tonight, extending his franchise record
for a single Postseason.
• Seager became the 10th player in MLB Postseason history
to club seven-or-more homers in a single playoff run, and
joined Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena (7). Nelson Cruz
(2011), Carlos Beltrán (2004) and Barry Bonds (8) are
the only players in history with eight homers in a single
Postseason.
• Seager became the first shortstop in history to hit seven
homers in a single Postseason.
• 2020 is the first Postseason in history to feature a pair
of hitters club at least seven round-trippers (Arozarena/
Seager)
9-HITTER POWER
• Chris Taylor broke up Blake Snell’s no-hit bid in the fifth
inning tonight with his second career World Series home
run (also 2017 G1), and the fifth of his Postseason career.
• Taylor’s round-tripper was the 15th by a player ninth in
the batting order this Postseason, the most in a single
Postseason. He became the first Dodgers player to do
so since Kirk Gibson’s walk-off homer in Game One of
the 1988 Fall Classic.
SLUGGING BACKSTOP
• Will Smith clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning
tonight, his first career World Series home run. He
became the fourth catcher (10th time) in Dodgers history
to homer in a Fall Classic, joining Steve Yeager, John
Roseboro and Hall of Famer Roy Campanella.
• Smith became the first catcher younger than 26 years old
to homer in a World Series game since Salvador Perez
in 2014 (G1).
SHORT START
• Tony Gonsolin tossed 1.1 innings in his start tonight,
facing six batters and surrendering one run via Brandon
Lowe’s solo round-tripper.
• Gonsolin became the eighth starter in World Series
history to pitch as few innings while not giving up more
than one run, joining David Wells (2003 G5), Josh Tudor
(1988 G3), Harry Taylor (1947 G4), Howie Pollet (1946
G5), Lefty Gomez (1939 G3), Guy Bush (1932 G4) and
Curly Ogden (1924 G7). Since both Wells and Tudor
left their starts with injuries, it was the shortest stint by a
starting pitcher in a World Series game allowing no more
than one run since at least 1947.
WALK THIS WAY
• With his free pass in the second inning, Max Muncy’s
17 walks this Postseason rank fourth-most all-time in
a single Postseason, trailing only Barry Bonds (27 BB,
2002), Gary Sheffield (20, 1997) and Hall of Famer
Chipper Jones (18, 1999).
THE WORLD’S GAME
• With his start at first base tonight, Ji-Man Choi became
the first Korean-born position player to appear in a World
Series game.
• According to each Club’s WS rosters, the teams combine
for 15 foreign-born players. The 15 players hail from the
Dominican Republic (four – Willy Adames, Pedro Báez,
Diego Castillo, Manuel Margot); Puerto Rico (three – Kiké
Hernández, Michael Perez, Edwin Ríos); Cuba (two Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz); Mexico (two – Victor González, Julio Urías); Curaçao (one – Kenley Jansen); Japan (one – Yoshitomo Tsutsugo); South Korea (one –
Ji-Man Choi); and Venezuela (one – Brusdar Graterol)

Tony Gonsolin’s Game 2 Start For Dodgers Was Shortest In World Series History Since 1947 — NESN.com

Tony Gonsolin’s World Series start lasted just 1 1/3 inning, a start so short we have to go back quite a ways to find one even close to that. The Dodgers pitcher was removed after one earned run on one hit and a walk in Game 2 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay […]

Tony Gonsolin’s Game 2 Start For Dodgers Was Shortest In World Series History Since 1947 — NESN.com

WORLD SERIES GAME 2: RAYS PREGAME NOTES.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (1-0)
LH Blake Snell (2-2, 3.20) vs. RH Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 9.95)
October 21, 2020  First Pitch: 8:08 p.m. Location: Globe Life Field TV: FOX  Radio: ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Sp.)
BY THE NUMBERS—
The Rays trail this best-of-seven, 1-0, after their 8-3
loss last night…in club history, the Rays have won two postseason series
after losing Game 1: the 2020 Division Series vs. NYY and 2008 League
Championship Series vs. BOS…the loser of Game 1 of the World Series
has come back to win it all 43 of 115 times (37.4 pct.), most recently 2017
(Houston over Dodgers) and 2016 (Cubs over Cleveland)…of the 59 times a
World Series has been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to win
it all on 31 occasions (52.5 pct.)…however, only 11 of 56 times (19.6 pct.) has
a team come back to win the World Series after falling behind 2-0, and no
team has come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a World Series since 1996.
FALL CLASSIC—The Rays are playing in the World Series for the second
time in franchise history, losing 4-1 to the Phillies in 2008…the Rays are
25-26 all-time in the postseason and 1-5 in the World Series, with their
only win coming in Game 2 in 2008 vs. PHI (at Tropicana Field)…RH
James Shields has the only win in Rays World Series history, and their
starting lineup that night was Iwamura (2B), Upton (CF), Peña (1B), Longoria (3B), Crawford (LF), Floyd (DH), Navarro (C), Baldelli (RF), Bartlett (SS).
– Kevin Cash, 42, is the youngest manager to reach the World Series
since Ozzie Guillén (41) led the White Sox to the title in 2005.
– The Rays were the ninth team in major league history to play a
“winner take all” game in the Division Series and League Championship Series but only the third team to win both, joining the 2012
Giants (won World Series) and 1981 Dodgers (won World Series).
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have only lost
once in their last 19 series since Aug 4, going 14-1-4 in series play.
TO BE THE BEST—Despite an expanded 16-team postseason field, the
World Series features the AL’s No. 1 seed against the NL’s No. 1 seed…this
is the fourth time in the Wild Card era (1994) both No. 1 seeds have made
the World Series, following 2013 (Red Sox over Cardinals), 1999 (Yankees
over Braves) and 1995 (Braves over Indians)…this is the third time the two
No. 1 seeds held the best two records in the majors (2013, 1995)…in 1999,
the Yankees were the AL’s No. 1 seed but had the 3rd-best record overall.
– The Rays and Dodgers combined for a .692 winning pct. in the regular season…according to Stats LLC, this is the highest combined
regular-season winning pct. for a World Series matchup all-time,
surpassing the 1906 WS between the Cubs and White Sox (.690).
– Both the Rays and Dodgers won Game 7s of their League Championship Series…it was the third time since the LCS expanded to a
best-of-seven format (1985) that both went 7 games (2004, 2003).
THE FRESHMAN CLASS-IC—Only one of the 28 players on the World
Series roster entered Game 1 with prior World Series experience: Charlie Morton…in comparison, the Dodgers have 17 players on their World
Series roster who had previously played in the Fall Classic…according to
the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the largest difference among players with
World Series experience since 2000, when the Yankees had 21 and the
Mets had four…entering Game 1, the Dodgers roster had combined for 123
World Series games played and the Rays roster had combined for two.
RAYS vs. DODGERS—The two clubs did not meet in 2020…the Rays went
2-2 against the Dodgers in 2019 (1-1 at home, 1-1 on the road) and are 7-10
all-time against them…albeit in a shortened season, the Rays and Dodgers both won two-thirds of their games—a benchmark reached by only
six other teams in the last 50 seasons: 2018 Red Sox (.667), 2001 Mariners
(.716), 1998 Yankees (.704), 1995 Indians (.694), 1986 Mets (.667) and 1975
Reds (.667)…five of the past six reached the World Series and four won it.
– RH Dylan Floro (2016), LH Adam Kolarek (2017-19) and LH Jake
McGee (2010-15) all formerly pitched for the Rays…LH David
Price, who opted out of the 2020 season, was selected first overall
in the 2007 June Draft…he is the club’s all-time leader with a 3.18
ERA (min. 300 IP) and his 2012 AL Cy Young Award was the first
in franchise history…he was on the mound when the Rays won
Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS and the “Game 163” tiebreaker in 2013.
– The Dodgers hired President of Baseball Operations Andrew
Friedman, who was with the Rays for nine seasons (including two
division titles and a World Series appearance), on Oct 14, 2014.
ABOUT THE OFFENSE—The Rays are batting .208 (99-for-477) this postseason, including .199 (50-for-251) since the start of the League Championship Series…the Rays entered the World Series with a .209 avg., the
3rd-lowest in the Wild Card era (1994) among teams to make it that far…
the Rays have scored more than 4 runs once in their last 10 games, a 5-2
win in Game 3 of the ALCS at HOU…they have scored 4 runs (or fewer)
in five straight games, and 3 runs (or fewer) in six of their last 10 games.
– According to ESPN Stats & Info, starting with Game 4 of the Division Series the Rays have hit .230 (or below) in 10 consecutive
games, extending the longest such streak in postseason history.
– The Rays are batting .189 (14-for-74) with RISP this postseason, including .160 (8-for-50) in the last 10 games…in Game 1, Mike Brosseau’s RBI single snapped the club’s 0-for-16 drought with RISP.
– The Rays are 6-1 this postseason when scoring first, after going a
major-league-best 25-6 (.806) when doing so in the reg. season.
POWER BALL—70.0 pct. (42 of 60) of the Rays runs this postseason have
come on home runs, compared to 41.5 pct. (120 of 289) during the regular
season…this was 71.9 pct. entering the World Series, the highest rate alltime ahead of the 1971 Pirates (58.3 pct.)…the Rays have hit 26 HR in 15
postseason games, including multiple homers in nine of their 15 games…
the Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 during the regular season
to 1.73 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.00.
– Teams are 32-4 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but the Rays have won once when outhomered and lost
twice when outhomering their opponent…the Rays are 6-2 when
they outhomer their opponent and 6-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more),
after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, in the regular season.
NOT THE RAYS WAY—The Rays allowed 8 runs in Game 1, their 2ndmost this postseason behind Game 1 of the ALDS vs. NYY (9)—a series the
Rays came back to win…the Rays have allowed 8 runs (or more) twice this
postseason, something they didn’t do at all in the final 39 games of the
regular season…they have allowed 23 HR, including at least 1 HR in 13 of
their last 14 games…73.9 pct. (17 of 23) of their homers allowed have been
solo, and 56.1 pct. (32 of 57) of their runs allowed have come on homers.
– The Rays have pitched to a 3.70 ERA (131.1-IP, 54-ER) in the postseason…they have yielded 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of their 9 wins.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have a majorleague-record 13 different pitchers with a save and are 36-1, 33-0
and 40-0 when leading after 6, 7 and 8 innings, respectively.
– Since July 28, 2019, the Rays have won 63 straight games when
leading after 7 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.
THE GREAT RANDINO—Randy Arozarena hit .321 (9-for-28) with 4 HR
and 6 RBI in the League Championship
Series and became the first rookie position player to be named Most Valuable
Player of a LCS or the World Series…in
Game 7, his 2-run homer in the 1st inning was his seventh of the postseason,
passing Evan Longoria (6) in 2008 for
the most by a rookie in a single postseason…his 7 HR are tied with B.J. Upton
in 2008 for most in a single postseason
in Rays history, and rank 2nd in team
history all-time behind Evan Longoria
(9)…in Game 7, he became the first Rays rookie to homer in a “winner
take all” game and became the first major league rookie with a go-ahead
homer in a Game 7 since FLA Miguel Cabrera in the 2003 NLCS at CHC.
– He leads all players this postseason in runs (14, tied), hits (21), extrabase hits (11) and total bases (47)…his 21 hits, 11 XBH and 47 total
bases are all the most in a single postseason in club history…he is
2 runs shy of tying the club record, set by B.J. Upton (16) in 2008.
– He is 1 hit shy of tying NYY Derek Jeter in 1996 for the most by a
rookie in a single postseason…he is the first rookie in major league
history with four 3-hit games in a single postseason…this ties a
postseason record for 3-hit games (regardless of rookie status).
MINOR MATTERS—The Rays are the sixth team to rank No. 1 in Baseball
America’s preseason Organizational Talent Rankings and advance to the
World Series that same year…they are attempting to become the third
team to win the World Series when ranked No. 1 in these rankings…special thanks to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America for the research…the Rays
joined the 2013 Cardinals, 2008 Rays, 1999 Braves, 1995 Braves (won
World Series) and 1993 Blue Jays (won World Series)…Baseball America
debuted their Organizational Talent Rankings in 1984…their current Top
100 list includes seven Rays and is bookended by a pair of Rays, with INF
Wander Franco at No. 1 overall and OF Randy Arozarena at No. 100.

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS & BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Upcoming Games Time (ET) Probable Starting Pitchers (Rays vs. Opp.) TV & Radio
Thurs., 10/22 vs. LAD 8:08 p.m. RH Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.57) vs. RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.89) FOX, ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, WGES 680 AM

TONIGHT’S GAME 2 STARTER: LH BLAKE SNELL (2-2, 3.20 ERA)

LAST START—In Game 6 of the League Championship Series vs. HOU, was charged 2 runs in 4 IP and took his second loss of the postseason…needed 42 pitches to complete his first 2 IP, allowing 1 hit and 3 BB, but induced an inning-ending SO/CS in the 1st inning and 5-4-3 GDP in the 2nd to avoid any damage…went 1-2-3 in the 3rd, then stranded a leadoff single in the 4th…allowed a walk and single to start the 5th before being replaced, and Diego Castillo allowed both runners to score on a 2-run single to George Springer…his line: L, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 82 pit., 45 str.
– Marked his shortest start since Aug 7 vs. NYY (3 IP)…spanning regular season
and postseason, snapped a streak of 11 consecutive starts of 5 IP (or more).
POSTSEASON—Is 2-3 with a 2.88 ERA (25-IP, 8-ER) in seven career postseason apps (5 starts), including a 3.20 ERA (19.2-IP, 7-ER) in 4 starts this postseason…has allowed 1 hit in 9 AB with RISP this postseason, yielding an infield single that didn’t produce a run to HOU Aledmys Díaz in Game 1 of the ALCS…his avg. fastball velocity this
postseason is 95.6 mph, according to StatCast, 5th-fastest by a left-handed pitcher in a single postseason (min. 100 fastballs) since pitch velocities are available (2008).
– After recording 18 swings-and-misses in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series vs.
TOR, has recorded a combined 25 swings-and-misses in his 3 starts since.
– In Game 1 of the League Championship Series, recorded the win after yielding 1 run in 5 IP…in Game 1 of the Division Series vs. NYY, took the loss after
allowing 4 runs, including a club postseason-record-tying 3 HR, in 5 IP…in
Game 1 of the Wild Card Series vs. TOR, did not allow a hit until a leadoff
single in the 6th inning…was the first left-handed pitcher in major league history to record 9 SO (or more) and yield 1 hit (or fewer) in a postseason game.
vs. DODGERS—Will be making his second career start against the Dodgers…his only previous start against them came on Sep 17, 2019 at Dodger Stadium, when he returned from the 10-day IL (loose bodies in left elbow) and made his first start since July 21 vs. CWS…retired all 6 BF, including four via strikeout.
– Is 8-4 with a 2.07 ERA (91.1-IP, 21-ER) in 16 career interleague starts, the 3rd-best interleague ERA in the majors since 2016 behind WAS Max
Scherzer (1.92) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (2.02)…has yielded 2 runs (or fewer) in 13 of 16 starts, 1 run (or fewer) in 10 starts and 0 runs in 8 starts.
2020 IN REVIEW—Made 11 starts, tied with Glasnow for the team lead…yielded 3 runs (or fewer) in 10 of 11 starts and 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of 11.
– His avg. fastball velocity, according to FanGraphs, was 95.1 mph, 6th in the AL…min. 50 IP, his 11.34 SO/9 IP ratio ranked 5th in the AL…struck out
31.0 pct. (63 of 203) of batters faced, best among lefties in the majors…walked 8.9 pct. (18 of 203) of batters faced, the lowest rate of his career.
-Allowed 10 HR for a 1.80 HR/9 IP ratio, 5th-highest in the AL (min. 50 IP), after yielding 14 HR in 107 IP in 2019…29.4 pct. of his fly balls were homers, according to FanGraphs, the highest rate in the majors…allowed multiple homers in four of his 11 starts…yielded 3 HR against lefties.
– Ranks among the top five in club history with 648 SO (5th), 3.24 ERA (2nd to David Price, 3.18), .223 opp avg. (1st) and .583 winning pct. (3rd).
SEEKING LENGTH—Averaged just over 4.1 IP per start, using his first 3 starts as a continuation of the summer camp build up…went 2 IP, 3 IP and 3 IP
in his first 3 starts, then recorded between 15-17 outs in each of his final 8 starts of the regular season…only faced 23 batters the third time through the
lineup…has gone fewer than 6 IP in 14 consecutive regular-season starts beginning on Sep 17, 2019 at LAD, when he returned from arthroscopic surgery
to remove loose bodies from his left elbow…was one of six pitchers in the majors to make at least 10 starts and go fewer than 6 IP in all of them.
ON THE OFFSPEED—Held opponents to a .132 avg. (5-for-38) in at-bats ending with his curveball, 5th in the AL (min. 25 AB), according to StatCast…61.8
pct. (34 of 55) of swings against his curveball were misses, the best rate of his career on any pitch…opponents hit .033 (1-for-30) with 17 SO in at-bats ending
with his slider…his combined .088 opp avg. (6-for-68) in at-bats ending with breaking balls was 3rd in the majors (min. 50 AB).

WORLD SERIES: GAME 2 PREGAME NOTES.

The 116th
World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
World Series Game Two Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas

2020 WS RESULTS
DATE RESULT WINNING PITCHER LOSING PITCHER SAVE ATTENDANCE
Tuesday, October 20th LAD 8-3 Clayton Kershaw Tyler Glasnow — 11,388
2020 WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
GAME DAY/DATE SITE FIRST PITCH (ET/SITE) TV/RADIO

2 Wednesday, October 21st Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
Thursday, October 22nd OFF DAY
3 Friday, October 23rd Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
4 Saturday, October 24th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
5* Sunday, October 25th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
Monday, October 26th OFF DAY
6* Tuesday, October 27th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
7* Wednesday, October 28th Globe Life Field 8:09 p.m. / 7:09 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
*If Necessary
2020 WORLD SERIES PROBABLE PITCHERS (Regular Season/Postseason)
Game 2 at Arlington: Tony Gonsolin (2-2, 2.31, 46 SO / 0-1, 9.95, 8 SO) vs. Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24, 63 SO / 2-2, 3.20, 19 SO)
Game 3 at Arlington: Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44, 42 SO / 1-0, 1.89, 29 SO) vs. Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74, 42 SO / 3-0, 0.57, 17 SO)
Game 4 at Arlington: TBD vs. TBD
116th WORLD SERIES
• 2020 marks the 116th renewal of the World Series
featuring the champions of the American League against
the champions of the National League. The Fall Classic
was first played in 1903, and has taken place every year
since 1904, when the National League champion New
York Giants and their manager John McGraw refused to
play the AL champs, the Boston Red Sox, and in 1994,
when the season ended on August 11th due to the players’
strike.
GAME ONE RESULTS
• The Dodgers improved to 21-30 in Game One of a
Postseason series since 1900. They are now 3-1 this
year in Game One, only losing to the Atlanta Braves in
the NLCS but previously defeating the San Diego Padres
in the NLDS and Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card. • With the loss, the Rays are 4-7 all-time in Game 1 of a
Postseason series. They are 2-2 this year in Game 1s,
defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card and
the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and also falling to the
New York Yankees in the ALDS. • The Dodgers are now 7-14 in Game One of a World Series since 1900. LA will attempt to not replicate their
effort in 2017 in which they won Game One before
losing to the Astros in a thrilling seven-game series. The
Dodgers’ 1988 World Series championship was the last
time that the Club won Game One and went on to claim
the Commissioner’s Trophy. • Playing in their second World Series, the Rays remain winless in Game One of a Fall Classic, previously falling
to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.
TAKING A 2-0 LEAD
• Fifty-six teams have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World
Series, with 45 of those going on to win the championship
(80.4%). A team jumping out to a 2-0 lead has gone
on to win the series in each of the last 12 occurrences
(Yankees in 1998-99-2000; Arizona in 2001;Boston in
2004 and 2007; Chicago in 2005; San Francisco in 2010
and 2012; Kansas City in 2015; Boston in 2018; and
Washington last year) and 18 of the last 19 times, with
the lone exception being Atlanta in 1996. The Braves
won the first two contests at Yankee Stadium but lost the
next four games.
TIED AT 1-1
• Of the 59 times that a World Series has been tied, 1-1,
the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series
on 31 occasions (52.5%). However, that has been the
case on just four of 12 occasions since 1993, those being
Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2009, Chicago in 2016 and
Houston in 2017. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians, 2003
Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rangers, 2013
Cardinals and 2014 Royals all won Game 2 to square the
Fall Classic, but went on to lose the Series.
MOOKIE’S ONE-OF-A-KIND NIGHT
• Mookie Betts delivered a home run and two stolen bases
in last night’s victory. He became the second player in
World Series history to post such a game, joining Chase
Utley (2008 G1). • In addition, he became the first player in World Series
history to post a home run, two stolen bases and two runs
scored in a single game. It marked only the fifth such
game in Postseason history overall, joining Jose Reyes
(2006 NLCS G6), Reggie Sanders (1995 NLDS G2), Bert
Campaneris (1973 ALCS G2) and Tommie Agee (1969
NLCS G2).
• Betts became the third Dodgers player (fourth time) to
nab two bases in a Fall Classic contest, joining Davey
Lopes (1981 G4 and 1974 G3) and Willie Davis (1965
G5).
• With two stolen bases and a walk during LA’s explosive
fifth inning, Mookie joined Hall of Famer Babe Ruth as
the only players in World Series history to record such
an inning.
• The Dodgers stole three bases in the fifth inning tonight,
marking the seventh time that has been done in a World
Series game, and the first since the New York Giants in
Game Six of the 1912 World Series.
BELL(D)INGER
• Cody Bellinger clubbed a two-run home run in the
bottom of the fourth inning tonight to give LA its first
lead of the ballgame. The round-tripper was the eighth
of his Postseason career, matching his teammates Max
Muncy, Joc Pederson and Kike Hernández for fifth-most
in franchise history. Hall of Famer Duke Snider (11) holds
the Club record and is trailed by Steve Garvey (10) and
Cody’s teammates Justin Turner (10) and Corey Seager
(10).
• Bellinger has now clubbed four home runs during the
2020 Postseason, tied for third-most in franchise history
for a single Postseason. He trails Seager, who has
launched six homers during this year’s playoff run, and
Davey Lopes (5 HR, 1978).
• In addition, the homer was his fourth career go-ahead
Postseason round-tripper, tying Snider and Seager for
second-most in Dodgers lore. Turner holds the record
with five such home runs. Bellinger also became the
second player in Postseason history to club a go-ahead
homer in Game Seven of an LCS and Game One of a
Fall Classic, joining David Ortiz (2004).
MV-POWER
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cody Bellinger
and Mookie Betts became the fifth pair of former MVP
winners on the same team to both homer in a World
Series game. The explosive duo joined Barry Bonds and
Jeff Kent (2002); Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson
(1977), Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson (1966),
and Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris (1964).
CLUB 200
• With eight strikeouts last night, Clayton Kershaw became
just the second pitcher in Postseason history to register
200 career strikeouts, joining Justin Verlander. Verlander
holds the Postseason record with 205 career punchouts.
Kershaw (201) surpassed Hall of Famer John Smoltz
(199) for second-most all-time.
• Kershaw’s outing with eight punchouts and one walk
allowed was the eighth such outing in World Series
history by a Dodgers hurler, and the first since he did it
in Game One of the 2017 Fall Classic. Prior to Kershaw,
it was accomplished by Burt Hooton (1977 G2) and Don
Newcombe (1949 G1), and Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax
(1965 G5, 1965 G2, 1963 G4) and Don Drysdale (1963
G3).
• In addition, the start was Kershaw’s ninth career
Postseason outing in which he tossed at least 6.0 innings
without allowing more than one walk or a single earned
run, the most of any pitcher in Baseball history.
• The outing was also his sixth Postseason start in which
he went at least 6.0 innings with eight-or-more punchouts
while not allowing more than one earned run, joining
Justin Verlander (8), Josh Beckett (6) and Curt Schilling
(6) as the only hurlers in history to post six-or-more such
starts.
UNIQUE IN THE LOSS
• Tyler Glasnow registered eight strikeouts in the losing
effort last night, establishing a franchise record for the
most strikeouts in a Fall Classic contest.
• Glasnow became the sixth pitcher in World Series history
to tally at least eight strikeouts while pitching fewer than
5.0 innings, joining Justin Verlander (2006 G1), Jason
Schmidt (2002 G5), Bob Welch (1988 G3), Roger Craig
(1964 G4) and Ryne Duren (1958 G6).
• He became the 11th pitcher in World Series history to
record at least eight strikeouts and six walks in an outing,
and the first since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in Game 2
of the 1980 Fall Classic.
• Glasnow became the third pitcher in history to have a
World Series outing in which he permitted at least six
runs on three hits-or-fewer, joining Guy Bush (1932 G1)
and Todd Stottlemyre (1993 G4).
• In addition, Tyler’s 112 pitches were the most by a Rays
pitcher in any game since July 7, 2108 when tomorrow’s
Game Two starter Blake Snell also threw 112. The
112-pitch outing also set a career high for Glasnow.
CREAM OF THE CROP
• This year’s Fall Classic features Clubs with the best
overall record from each league for the first time since
the Cardinals and Red Sox in 2013. Overall, it marks the
13th such matchup since 1969.
Year AL Team Record NL Team Record
2020 Tampa Bay 40-20 LA Dodgers 43-17
2013 Boston 97-65 St. Louis 97-65
1999 NY Yankees 98-64 Atlanta 103-59
1995 Cleveland 100-44 Atlanta 90-54
1992 Toronto 96-66 Atlanta 98-64
1986 Boston 108-54 NY Mets 108-54
1982 Milwaukee 95-67 St. Louis 92-70
1979 Baltimore 102-57 Pittsburgh 98-64
1978 NY Yankees 100-63 LA Dodgers 95-67
1976 NY Yankees 97-62 Cincinnati 102-60
1971 Baltimore 101-57 Pittsburgh 97-65
1970 Baltimore 108-54 Cincinnati 102-60
1969 Baltimore 109-53 NY Mets 100-62
• Should the Dodgers claim this year’s Commissioner’s
Trophy, they would become just the seventh World Series
winner in the Wild Card Era to also have posted the best
regular season record in the Majors. This was previously
accomplished by the 2018 Red Sox; the 2016 Cubs; the
2013 Red Sox; the 2009 Yankees; the 2007 Red Sox;
and the 1998 Yankees.
THE MANAGERS
Kevin Cash is in his sixth full season with the Rays, and is
making his first appearance in the Fall Classic.
• Cash has guided the Rays to a 454-416 (.522) record
during his six years at the helm.
• Cash became the fifth manager in Rays history and is
already the second-longest tenured behind only Joe
Maddon (2006-14).

Across Baseball, is the third-longest tenured manager
with his current team behind Oakland’s Bob Melvin (9)
and Cleveland’s Terry Francona (8). • Finished third in 2018 and 2019 AL Manager of the Year
voting. Was behind Rocco Baldelli (MIN) and Aaron
Boone (NYY) in 2019, and Bob Melvin (OAK) and Alex
Cora (BOS) in 2018. • At age-41 during the 2019 season, became the youngest
AL East manger to lead his team to the Postseason
since 1995, when Buck Showalter of the Yankees (age
39) and Kevin Kennedy of the Red Sox (age 41) both
accomplished the feat. • Played eight seasons at the Major League level across
stints with the Blue Jays (2002-04), Rays (2005), Red
Sox (2007-08), Yankees (2009), Astros (2010) and Red
Sox (2010).
Dave Roberts is in his fifth season as manager of the
Dodgers, and has made an appearance in each Postseason
as skipper.
• Roberts piloted the Dodgers to a 436-273 (.615) record
across his five seasons at the helm. • Prior to being named manager of the Club in 2016,
Roberts lost his lone game as interim manager of the San
Diego Padres in 2015. • Is the first manager in Baseball history to guide the
Dodgers to the Postseason in each of his first five
seasons with the Club. • Roberts’ Dodgers won a franchise-record 106 game
during the 2019 season. • In his first season as manager in 2016, was named
NL Manager of the Year, joining Hall of Famer Tommy
Lasorda (1983, 88) as the only managers in Club history
to win the award since its inception in 1983. • Across 10 Major League seasons, played for the Indians
(1999-2001), Dodgers (2002-04), Red Sox (2004),
Padres (2005-06) and Giants (2007-08).
GAME TWO STARTERS
GONSOLIN: Has made just two career Postseason
appearances, both occurring during this current playoff run.
Lost his lone decision, while posting eight strikeouts, six
walks and a 9.95 ERA over 6.1 innings pitched.
• Gonsolin started Game Two of the NLCS vs. Atlanta (7-8
loss) and made a relief appearance in Game Seven of
the NLCS vs. Atlanta (4-3 win). • Tony’s seven strikeout-performance in his first career
Postseason appearance in Game Two of the NLCS
matched Walker Buehler for the third-most in a playoff
debut in franchise history, trailing Don Newcombe (11
SO, 1949 WS G1) and Tim Belcher (10 SO, 1988 NLCS
G2). • During the regular season, Gonsolin posted a 2-2 record
with 46 punchouts, seven walks, 32 hits and a 2.31 ERA
across nine appearances (including eight starts) and
46.2 innings. • Across his first five starts of the 2020 campaign, recorded
a 0.76 ERA and 25:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23.2
innings pitched. • Has made one career appearance against the Rays,
throwing 2.0 innings of relief on September 18, 2019.
Surrendered two earned runs while notching two
strikeouts and three walks. • No Rays player currently on their World Series roster has logged more than one at-bat against Gonsolin, nor
has any registered a hit. Joey Wendle, Hunter Renfroe,
Manuel Margot and Nate Lowe are all 0-for-1 (.000).
Austin Meadows, Ji-Man Choi and Willy Adames each
drew a walk in their lone appearances against Tony.
SNELL: Across seven career Postseason appearances,
including five starts, Blake is 2-3 with 26 strikeouts, 10 walks
and a 2.88 ERA over 25.0 innings pitched.
• Has made four starts during the 2020 Postseason, going
2-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 19:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio
across 19.2 innings of work. Has surrendered four home
runs and 16 hits.
• Snell started Game One of the AL Wild Card vs. Toronto
(3-1 win); Game One of the ALDS vs. NY Yankees (3-9
loss); Game One of the ALCS vs. Houston (2-1 win); and
Game Six of the ALCS vs. Houston (4-7 loss).
• During the regular season, Snell delivered a 4-2 record
with 63 punchouts, 18 walks, 42 hits and a 3.24 ERA over
11 starts and 50.0 innings.
• Posted his strongest month of the 2020 campaign in
August, winning each of his three decisions with a 2.66
ERA in five starts. Collected 28 strikeouts while allowing
16 hits over 23.2 innings of action.
• Has made one career start against the Dodgers. On
September 17, 2019, retired all six batters he faced with
four strikeouts after returning from the Injured List.
• Mookie Betts has logged the most career at-bats against
Snell, batting 7-for-23 (.304) with two doubles, a home
run and six RBI. Chris Taylor, AJ Pollock, Max Muncy,
Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernández are all 0-for-1 (.000).
FAMILIAR TERRITORY
• The Los Angeles Dodgers secured their 21st NL Pennant
in franchise history, the most of any NL Club and secondmost all-time behind the Yankees (40).
• The Dodgers became just the second team since 1969
to represent the NL in the World Series three times
across four Postseasons (2017-18, 2020), joining the
Atlanta Braves, who earned four NL Pennants across five
Postseasons from 1991-96 (excluding 1993).
RELATIVE NEWCOMERS
• The Tampa Bay Rays are appearing in just their second
World Series in franchise history. In their lone appearance
in 2008, the Rays were defeated by the Phillies in five
games.
COMING IN HOT
• The Dodgers won three consecutive games while facing
elimination to win the NLCS, marking the second time
that the Clubs has accomplished the feat during a
Postseason series. During the 1981 NLDS against the
Houston Astros, the Dodgers won three straight after
falling behind two game-to-none in the best-of-five series.
• The Dodgers became the eighth team in Postseason
history to accomplish the feat in a best-of-seven LCS
series, joining the 2012 Giants; the 2007 Red Sox; the
2004 Red Sox (4); the 2003 Marlins; the 1996 Braves;
the 1986 Red Sox; and the 1985 Royals.
TAKING THE LONG ROUTE
• This year’s ALCS marked just the second in Major League
history to feature a decisive Game 7 after one Club held a
3-0 series lead. The 2004 ALCS was the only other such
occurrence, which saw the Boston Red Sox complete the
series comeback against the New York Yankees en route
to their World Series crown.
• Following a sweep of the Blue Jays, the Rays required five
games to defeat the Yankees in the ALDS and all seven
games against the Astros to advance to the Fall Classic.
Game Two Notes – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The Rays became the ninth Club in Postseason history to
play a “winner-take-all” game in both the Division Series
and Championship Series, joining the 2017 Yankees; the
2012 Giants; the 2012 Cardinals; the 2004 Astros; the
2003 Cubs; the 2003 Red Sox; the 1981 Dodgers; and
the 1981 Expos.
TITLE TOWN(S) USA
• Both cities of Los Angeles and Tampa Bay enter the 2020
Fall Classic having already secured a championship
in one of the other ‘Big Four’ professional sports. The
Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat to claim
the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, while the Tampa Bay
Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars to garner the Stanley
Cup. • Should the Dodgers emerge victorious from this year’s
Fall Classic, it would mark the first time since 1988
that Los Angeles enjoyed a pair of champions in the
same year. The City of LA became the first and still is
only city to have the NBA champion and World Series
champion in the same year. It is worth noting that in
2002, the Anaheim Angels and Lakers also both won
their respective championships. • Tampa Bay is vying to become just the third city in history
to have a World Series champion and Stanley Cup
champion in the same year. The feat was accomplished
by New York twice – first in 1928 with the New York
Yankees and New York Rangers, and again in 1933 with
the New York Giants and New York Rangers.
COAST TO COAST
• For the fifth time since Major League Baseball began the
six-division format in 1994, the Fall Classic is featuring
teams from the NL West and the AL East. • The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in 2018; the Red
Sox defeated the Rockies in 2007; the Diamondbacks
defeated the Yankees in 2001; and the Yankees defeated
the Padres in 1998.
BEEN HERE BEFORE
Of the 56 players that were on the Dodgers and Rays LCS
rosters, 18 have previous World Series experience, including
17 from the Dodgers.
• Los Angeles: Pedro Báez (2018 Dodgers), Austin Barnes
(2017-18 Dodgers), Cody Bellinger (2017-18 Dodgers),
Mookie Betts (2018 Red Sox), Walker Buehler (2018
Dodgers), Dylan Floro (2018 Dodgers), Kiké Hernández
(2017-18 Dodgers), Kenley Jansen (2017-18 Dodgers),
Joe Kelly (2013 Cardinals, 2018 Red Sox), Clayton
Kershaw (2017-18 Dodgers), Max Muncy (2018 Dodgers),
Joc Pederson (2017-18 Dodgers), Corey Seager (2017
Dodgers), Chris Taylor (2017-18 Dodgers), Justin Turner
(2017-18 Dodgers), Julio Urías (2018 Dodgers), Alex
Wood (2017-18 Dodgers) • Tampa Bay: Charlie Morton (2017 Astros)
ALL AROUND THE WORLD
• According to each Club’s WS rosters, the teams combine
for 15 foreign-born players. The 15 players hail from the
Dominican Republic (four – Willy Adames, Pedro Báez,
Diego Castillo, Manuel Margot); Puerto Rico (three – Kiké
Hernández, Michael Perez, Edwin Ríos); Cuba (two –
Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz); Mexico (two – Victor
González, Julio Urías); Curaçao (one – Kenley Jansen);
Japan (one – Yoshitomo Tsutsugo); South Korea (one – JiMan Choi); and Venezuela (one – Brusdar Graterol).
WORLD SERIES UMPIRES
• Bill Miller will serve as primary Crew Chief for the umpires
in the 2020 World Series, and this will be the fourth Fall
Classic for Miller (2010, 13, 17). Miller, who will be
off for Game Two, will be joined by (with Game Two
Assignments and number of World Series appearances,
including 2020) Laz Diaz (RF, third), Chris Guccione (1B,
second), Marvin Hudson (2B, second), Jerry Meals (3B,
second), Mark Carlson (LF, second) and Todd Tichenor
(HP, first). Meals will serve as the crew chief in Game Two
of the World Series. The Replay Official during the World
Series will be Major League Umpire Adrian Johnson, who
will be assisted by Major League Umpire David Rackley.
MLB is deeply saddened by the passing of 34-year Major
League Umpire Derryl Cousins at the age of 74. The
Californian worked nearly 4,500 games and three World
Series (1988, 1999, 2005) and was behind the plate for White
Sox clincher in 2005.

OCTOBER 21st IN BASEBALL HISTORY
Today in Baseball history, several notable feats:
• In 1973, The Oakland A’s capture their second
consecutive World Championship with a 5-2 win over the
New York Mets in Game 7 as Reggie Jackson and Bert
Campaneris both hit key two-run home runs for Oakland.
• In 1975, Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hits one of
the most memorable home runs in Major League history
with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning
of Game 6 at Fenway Park to force a seventh game
against the Cincinnati Reds.
• In 1980, the Philadelphia Phillies win their first World
Series in their 98-year history, defeating the Kansas
City Royals 4-1 in Game 6 at Veterans Stadium. Phillies
hurler Steve Carlton holds the Royals to just four hits
over seven innings of work.
• In 2000, the New York Yankees defeat the New York
Mets in Game 1 of the Subway Series in the four-hour,
51-minute thriller, the longest World Series game ever
played to that point. José Vizcaino’s two-out single in the
12th inning gives the Yankees a 4-3 win and their 13th
consecutive Fall Classic victory.
• In 2006, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes
defeats Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander in the first
World Series game started by two rookie pitchers. Reyes
allows just two runs and four hits with five strikeouts over
eight innings in the 7-2 win.
Game Two Notes – Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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WORLD SERIES GAME 1 POSTGAME NOTES: DODGERS 8, RAYS 3.

The 116th World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
World Series Game 1 – Postgame Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texa
s

First Pitch: 7:11 p.m CT. Gametime Temperature: 82 degrees Tonight’s Attendance: 11,388 Time of Game: 3:24
PITCHING LINES
LA DODGERS IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes

Clayton Kershaw (W) 6.0 2 1 1 1-0 8 1 0 21 78/53
Dylan Floro 0.1 2 2 2 0-0 1 0 0 3 15/8
Victor González 0.2 2 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 3 14/7
Pedro Báez 1.0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 3 11/7
Joe Kelly 1.0 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 3 10/5
TAMPA BAY IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes
Tyler Glasnow (L) 4.1 3 6 6 6-0 8 1 1 23 112/58
Ryan Yarbrough 0.2 2 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 4 19/13
Josh Fleming 2.2 5 2 2 1-0 2 1 0 13 40/25
John Curtiss 0.1 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 1 3/3

FIRST GAME WINNERS
• The winner of the first game of the World Series has gone
on to win the Fall Classic 72 times (62.6%). That has
been the case in 14 of the last 17 and 19 of the last 22
World Series beginning in 1997, with 2002 (San Francisco
defeating Anaheim), 2009 (Philadelphia defeating New
York), 2016 (Cleveland defeating Chicago) and 2017
(Los Angeles defeating Houston) the exceptions. • It has also occurred in 21 of the last 26 and 26 of the last
31 Series. In addition to San Francisco, Philadelphia,
Cleveland and Los Angeles, the only other exceptions in
the last 31 Fall Classics were both by Atlanta, first game
winners versus Toronto in 1992 and New York in 1996,
but losers of each Series in six games. • In 21 of the last 34 Series beginning in 1985, the winner of Game One of the World Series has also won Game,
the exceptions being 1992 (Toronto over Atlanta), 1993
(Philadelphia over Toronto), 1997 (Cleveland over
Florida), 2002 (Anaheim over San Francisco), 2003
(New York over Florida), 2006 (Detroit over St. Louis),
2008 (Tampa Bay over Philadelphia), 2009 (New York
over Philadelphia), 2011 (Texas over St. Louis), 2013
(St. Louis over Boston), 2014 (Kansas City over San
Francisco), 2016 (Chicago over Cleveland) and 2017
(Houston over Los Angeles).
GAME ONE RESULTS
• The Dodgers improved to 21-30 in Game One of a
Postseason series since 1900. They are now 3-1 this
year in Game One, only losing to the Atlanta Braves in
the NLCS but previously defeating the San Diego Padres
in the NLDS and Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card. • With the loss, the Rays are 4-7 all-time in Game 1 of a
Postseason series. They are 2-2 this year in Game 1s,
defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card and
the Houston Astros in the ALCS, and also falling to the
New York Yankees in the ALDS.

• The Dodgers are now 7-14 in Game One of a World Series since 1900. LA will attempt to not replicate their
effort in 2017 in which they won Game One before
losing to the Astros in a thrilling seven-game series. The
Dodgers’ 1988 World Series championship was the last
time that the Club won Game One and went on to claim
the Commissioner’s Trophy. • Playing in their second World Series, the Rays remain winless in Game One of a Fall Classic, previously falling
to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.
TAKING A 2-0 LEAD
• Fifty-six teams have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World
Series, with 45 of those going on to win the championship
(80.4%). A team jumping out to a 2-0 lead has gone
on to win the series in each of the last 12 occurrences
(Yankees in 1998-99-2000; Arizona in 2001;Boston in
2004 and 2007; Chicago in 2005; San Francisco in 2010
and 2012; Kansas City in 2015; Boston in 2018; and
Washington last year) and 18 of the last 19 times, with
the lone exception being Atlanta in 1996. The Braves
won the first two contests at Yankee Stadium but lost the
next four games.
TIED AT 1-1
• Of the 59 times that a World Series has been tied, 1-1,
the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series
on 31 occasions (52.5%). However, that has been the
case on just four of 12 occasions since 1993, those being
Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2009, Chicago in 2016 and
Houston in 2017. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians, 2003
Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rangers, 2013
Cardinals and 2014 Royals all won Game 2 to square the
Fall Classic, but went on to lose the Series.
MOOKIE TIME
• Mookie Betts delivered a home run, two runs scored
and two stolen bases in tonight’s victory. He became
the second player in World Series history to post such a
game, joining Chase Utley (2008 G1). • Moreover, he became the first player in World Series history to post a home run, two stolen bases and two
runs scored in a single game. • It marked only the fifth such game in Postseason history overall, joining Jose Reyes (2006 NLCS G6), Reggie
Sanders (1995 NLDS G2), Bert Campaneris (1973 ALCS G2) and Tommie Agee (1969 NLCS G2).
CLUB 200
• With eight strikeouts tonight, Clayton Kershaw became
just the second pitcher in Postseason history to register
200 career strikeouts, joining Justin Verlander. Verlander
holds the Postseason record with 205 career punchouts.
Kershaw (201) surpassed Hall of Famer John Smoltz
(199) for second-most all-time. • Kershaw’s outing with eight punchouts and one walk allowed was the eighth such outing in World Series
history by a Dodgers hurler, and the first since he did it
in Game One of the 2017 Fall Classic. Prior to Kershaw,
it was accomplished by Burt Hooton (1977 G2) and Don
Newcombe (1949 G1), and Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax
(1965 G5, 1965 G2, 1963 G4) and Don Drysdale (1963
G3).
Game 1 Postgame Notes – Tuesday, October 20, 2020
• In addition, the start was Kershaw’s ninth career
Postseason outing in which he tossed at least 6.0 innings
without allowing more than one walk or a single earned
run, the most of any pitcher in Baseball history. • The outing was also his sixth Postseason start in which he went at least 6.0 innings with eight-or-more punchouts while not allowing more than one earned run, joining
Justin Verlander (8), Josh Beckett (6) and Curt Schilling
(6) as the only hurlers in history to post six-or-more such
starts.
BELLI POWER
• Cody Bellinger clubbed a two-run home run in the
bottom of the fourth inning tonight to give LA its first
lead of the ballgame. The round-tripper was the eighth
of his Postseason career, matching his teammates Max
Muncy, Joc Pederson and Kike Hernández for fifth-most
in franchise history. Hall of Famer Duke Snider (11) holds
the Club record and is trailed by Steve Garvey (10) and
Cody’s teammates Justin Turner (10) and Corey Seager
(10). • Bellinger has now clubbed four home runs during the
2020 Postseason, tied for third-most in franchise history
for a single Postseason. He trails Seager, who has
launched six homers during this year’s playoff run, and
Davey Lopes (5 HR, 1978). • In addition, the homer was his fourth career go-ahead Postseason round-tripper, tying Snider and Seager for
second-most in Dodgers lore. Turner holds the record
with five such home runs. Bellinger also became the
second player in Postseason history to club a go-ahead
homer in Game Seven of an LCS and Game One of a
Fall Classic, joining David Ortiz (2004).
MV-POWER
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cody Bellinger
and Mookie Betts became the fifth pair of former MVP
winners on the same team to both homer in a World
Series game. The explosive duo joined Barry Bonds and
Jeff Kent (2002); Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson
(1977), Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson (1966),
and Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris (1964).
WALK THIS WAY

• Corey Seager became the fourth player in franchise
history to draw three walks in a single World Series game,
joining Hall of Famers Duke Snider (1956 G6) and Jackie
Robinson (1952 G5), as well as Jim Gilliam (1956 G2). • The outing was the fourth of his career in which he walked
three times, all previously occurring in the regular season
(September 11; 2015, June 3, 2017; June 17, 2017).
TACO TUESDAY
• Mookie Betts stole a pair of bases tonight and Corey
Seager stole a base to mark the fourth time in Dodgers
World Series history with three stolen bases in a single
game (also: 1952 G3; 1965 G3; 1965 G4). • Mookie became the third Dodgers player (fourth time) to nab two bases in a Fall Classic contest, joining Davey
Lopes (1981 G4 and 1974 G3) and Willie Davis (1965
G5). • With two stolen bases and a walk during LA’s explosive
fifth inning, Mookie joined Hall of Famer Babe Ruth as
the only players in World Series history to record such
an inning. • The Dodgers stole three bases in the fifth inning tonight,
marking the seventh time that has been done in a World
Series game, and the first since the New York Giants in
Game Six of the 1912 World Series.
UNIQUE IN THE LOSS
• Tyler Glasnow registered eight strikeouts in the losing
effort tonight, establishing a franchise record for the most
strikeouts in a Fall Classic contest. • Glasnow became the sixth pitcher in World Series history to tally at least eight strikeouts while pitching fewer than
5.0 innings, joining Justin Verlander (2006 G1), Jason
Schmidt (2002 G5), Bob Welch (1988 G3), Roger Craig
(1964 G4) and Ryne Duren (1958 G6). • He became the 11th pitcher in World Series history to record at least eight strikeouts and six walks in an outing,
and the first since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in Game 2
of the 1980 Fall Classic. • Glasnow became the third pitcher in history to have a
World Series outing in which he permitted at least six
runs on three hits-or-fewer, joining Guy Bush (1932 G1)
and Todd Stottlemyre (1993 G4).

• In addition, Tyler’s 112 pitches were the most by a Rays
pitcher in any game since July 7, 2108 when tomorrow’s
Game Two starter Blake Snell also threw 112. The
112-pitch outing also set a career high for Glasnow.
HOMER HISTORY FOR TB
• Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier launched a solo home run
in the fifth inning tonight. He became the fourth player
(fifth time) in franchise history to homer in a Fall Classic,
joining Carl Crawford (G1 and G4 in 2008), Eric Hinske
(G4 in 2008) and Rocco Baldelli (G5 in 2008).
ROOKIE IMPACT
• Mike Brosseau became the second rookie in team history
to log an RBI in a World Series game, joining Evan
Longoria, who did so in Games Two and Five of the 2008
World Series.

• His pinch-hit single made him the second Ray to record
an RBI as a pinch-hitter in the World Series, joining Eric
Hinske in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series (pinch-hit
home run off Joe Blanton).
YANDY LEADING OFF
• Yandy Díaz led off for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight,
becoming the eighth different first baseman (22nd time) to
bat leadoff in a World Series game in MLB history, joining
Cecil Cooper, Mike Lamb, David Freese, Max Muncy,
Whitey Lockman, Johnny Sturm, Pete Rose and Eddie
Waitkus.
THE WORLD’S GAME
• With his outing tonight, Victor González became the
10th pitcher born in Mexico to appear in a World Series
game, joining Horacio Pina, Enrique Romo, Fernando
Valenezuela, Aurelio Lopez, Alfredo Aceves, Fernando
Salas, Jaime García, Julio Urías and Roberto Osuna. • According to each Club’s WS rosters, the teams combine for 15 foreign-born players. The 15 players hail from the Dominican Republic (four – Willy Adames, Pedro Báez,
Diego Castillo, Manuel Margot); Puerto Rico (three – Kiké
Hernández, Michael Perez, Edwin Ríos); Cuba (two –
Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz); Mexico (two – Victor
González, Julio Urías); Curaçao (one – Kenley Jansen);
Japan (one – Yoshitomo Tsutsugo); South Korea (one – Ji-Man Choi); and Venezuela (one – Brusdar Graterol).

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ALCS GAME 7: ASTROS_RAYS NOTES.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (3-3) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS (3-3)
RH Charlie Morton (2-0, 0.90) vs. RH Lance McCullers Jr. (0-1, 4.09)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020  First Pitch: 8:37 p.m. Location: Petco Park TV: TBS  Radio: ESPN Radio.

WINNER TAKE ALL—With a win tonight, the Rays would advance to
the World Series for the second time in franchise history (2008)…tonight
is the eighth “winner take all” game in club history, with the Rays going
5-2 in the previous seven…it is their fourth in the last two postseasons
(2019-20), following the 2020 Division Series vs. NYY (2-1 win), 2019 Division Series at HOU (6-1 loss) and 2019 Wild Card Game at OAK (5-1 win)…
the Rays are the ninth team in major league history to play a “winner take
all” game in both the Division Series and League Championship Series,
joining the 2017 Yankees (lost LCS), 2012 Giants (won World Series), 2012
Cardinals (lost LCS), 2004 Astros (lost LCS), 2003 Cubs (lost LCS), 2003 Red
Sox (lost LCS), 1981 Dodgers (won World Series) and 1981 Expos (lost LCS).
– Tonight is the second Game 7 in club history, with the Rays going
4,380 days in between…the first was a 3-1 win over the Red Sox in
the 2008 ALCS resulting in the Rays only trip to the World Series.
– This is the eighth AL Championship Series to go to a Game 7 since
it was changed to a best-of-seven format prior to the 1985 season.
– Tonight is the fourth time in Rays history they will bat last in a
“winner take all” game, and they are 2-1 in the previous 3 games.
– The Rays are 9-5 all-time when facing elimination, including 4-1
over the 2019-20 postseasons…over the last two postseasons, the
Rays have hit 13 HR in their 5 games when facing elimination.
– The Rays are 24-25 all-time in the postseason and 8-5 in 2020.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have only lost
once in their last 18 series since Aug 4, going 13-1-4 in series play.
– The Rays have lost three consecutive postseason games for the
first time since 2011 (3)…their only longer postseason losing streak
spanned the 2008-10 postseasons (5)…in the 2020 regular season,
the Rays lost more than three straight once: July 29–Aug 2 (5).
TAKE TWO—This is the second straight postseason the Rays and Astros
are playing each other in a “winner take all” game…this is the first time in
major league history two teams met in a Game 5 of the Division Series one
season, and then went to a Game 7 of the League Championship Series
the very next season…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams have
faced each other in a “winner take all” game in back-to-back seasons seven times, most recently the Athletics and Tigers in the 2012-13 Division
Series and the Yankees and Red Sox in the 2003-04 Championship Series.
– This series is the second best-of-seven in major league history to
go to a decisive Game 7 after one team held a 3-0 series lead…the
only other time was the 2004 AL Championship Series, which saw
the Red Sox complete the series comeback against the Yankees…
in postseason history, teams are 37-1 in best-of-seven series when
leading 3-0, 74-13 when leading 3-1 and 73-32 when leading 3-2.
– The Rays would need a win tonight to avoid largest upset by
regular-season winning pct. in postseason history…there was a
184-point difference between the Rays (.667) and Astros (.483).
– Tonight’s games will see the AL pennant won by either the Rays
or Astros and includes the possibility of a Braves clinch…in major
league history, there have been 13 times (and 10 times since the
League Championship Series began in 1969) where both pennants
were won on the same day, but the last time was on Oct 14, 1992.
ABOUT THE OFFENCE—In the League Championship Series, the Rays
are batting .199 (38-for-191) with 70 SO…according to ESPN Stats & Info,
starting with Game 4 of the Division Series the Rays have hit .230 (or
below) in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak in postseason
history…only three teams have ever won a postseason series with 70 SO
(or more): 2018 Dodgers in the NLCS vs. MIL (82), 2013 Red Sox in the ALCS
vs. DET (73) and 2001 Diamondbacks in the World Series vs. NYY (70).
– The Rays are batting .179 (12-for-67) with RISP this postseason, including .140 (6-for-43) in the last 8 games and .171 (6-for-35) in the
LCS…they are hitless in their last 12 AB with RISP, with the last hit
coming in Game 4 (Ji-Man Choi infield single)…their last run-scoring hit with RISP came in Game 3 (Hunter Renfroe 2-run double).
– The Rays have scored a combined 24 runs (3.0 R/G) in their last 8
games, with 3 runs (or fewer) in five of 8 games over that stretch.
– 71.7 pct. (38 of 53) of the Rays runs this postseason have come on
home runs, compared to 41.5 pct. (120 of 289) during the regular
season…22.6 pct. (12 of 53) of their runs this postseason have come
on solo homers…the Rays have hit 23 HR, most in the majors…the
Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 in the regular season to
1.77 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.08.
– Petco Park has seen 48 HR in 14 games this postseason…teams are
28-4 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but
the Rays have won once when outhomered and lost twice when
outhomering their opponent…Games 5-6 marked the first time the
Rays lost back-to-back games when hitting 2 HR (or more) in each
since July 16-18, 2019 at NYY (2), and first time in the postseason
since the 2011 ALDS…the Rays are 5-2 this postseason when they
outhomer their opponent and 5-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more), after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, during the regular season.
– Last night was the first time the Rays lost a postseason game when
scoring first since Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS vs. BOS (led 1-0, lost
3-1)…they fell to 5-1 this postseason when scoring first, after going
a major-league-best 25-6 (.806) when doing so in the reg. season.
THE LONG BALL—The Rays have allowed 21 HR this postseason, tied for
most in the majors…76.2 pct. (16 of 21) of their homers allowed have been
solo, and 61.7 pct. (29 of 47) of their runs allowed have come on homers…
the Rays have allowed at least 1 HR in 12 consecutive postseason games,
starting with Game 2 of the Wild Card Series vs. TOR…this is their longest
such streak since July 27–Aug 10, 2019 (12) and is tied for the 5th-longest
streak in postseason history, and longest since the 2016-17 Dodgers (18).
– In the League Championship Series, the Rays have allowed four
1st-inning homers, one shy of their total from the 2008-19 postseasons combined…the four 1st-inning homers are tied for the 2ndmost allowed in a postseason series—the only team to allow five
in a single series was the Red Sox in the 2008 ALCS vs. the Rays.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have a majorleague-record 13 different pitchers with a save and are 35-1, 32-0
and 39-0 when leading after 6, 7 and 8 innings, respectively.
CHARLIE 2.0—Charlie Morton has made 3 apps (2 starts) in “winner take
all” games, going 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA (14-IP, 2-R/1-ER) in them…he is the
only pitcher in major league history to record the win in three “winner
take all” games, winning the 2019 Wild Card Game at OAK, Game 7 of the
2017 World Series at LAD (with HOU) and Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs.
NYY (with HOU)…in addition, his four career wins in potential elimination games are tied with five others for the most in major league history.
– Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. both pitched in Game 7 of the
2017 World Series at LAD and Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY…
according to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first duo in postseason history to pitch in the same “winner take all” game as teammates, then start against each other in a “winner take all” game.
– Morton will become the first pitcher to start a Game 7 against a
former team since NYY Roger Clemens in the 2003 ALCS vs. BOS.
– Morton is unbeaten in his last eight postseason apps (7 starts) since
Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY (with Houston), going 6-0 with
a 1.67 ERA (37.2-IP, 7-ER) over that stretch…in Game 2 vs. HOU, he
became the fifth pitcher in postseason history to start and win four
straight decisions (with no relief apps in between) and allow 1 ER
(or fewer) in each outing…he joined PHI/ARI Curt Schilling (5) in
1993–2001, NYY Masahiro Tanaka (4) in 2017-19, NYY Whitey
Ford (4) in 1960-61 and NYG Christy Matthewson (4) in 1905-11.
MAR-GOAT—Last night Manuel Margot became the first player in major
league history to have a multi-HR game in the postseason after hitting
1 HR (or fewer) during the regular season, according to the Elias Sports
Bureau…it was the sixth multi-HR game in Rays postseason history, first
since Yandy Díaz in the 2019 AL Wild Card Game at OAK…Margot has
5 HR and 11 RBI this postseason, compared to 1 HR and 11 RBI during the
regular season…since RBI became an official stat (1920), Margot and NYY
Giancarlo Stanton in 2020 are the only players to record at least 10 RBI
in the regular season and match or exceed their total in the postseason.

“WINNER TAKE ALL” GAMES, FRANCHISE HISTORY
YEAR GAME FINAL WINNER LOSER ATT.
2020 ALDS Game 5 vs. NYY W, 2-1 Diego Castillo Aroldis Chapman —
2019 ALDS Game 5 at HOU L, 1-6 Gerrit Cole Tyler Glasnow 43,418
2019 AL Wild Card Game at OAK W, 5-1 Charlie Morton Sean Manaea 54,005
2013 AL Wild Card Game at CLE W, 4-0 Alex Cobb Danny Salazar 43,579
2013 AL Tiebreaker Game at TEX W, 5-2 David Price Martín Pérez 42,796
2010 ALDS Game 5 vs. TEX L, 1-5 Cliff Lee David Price 41,845
2008 ALCS Game 7 vs. BOS W, 3-1 Matt Garza Jon Lester 40,473

CHARLIE MORTON IN “WINNER TAKE ALL” GAMES
YEAR TM. GAME FINAL MORTON’S FINAL LINE
2019 TB AL Wild Card Game at OAK W, 5-1 GS/W, 5-IP, 5-H, 1-R/0-ER, 3-BB, 4-SO
2017 HOU World Series Game 7 at LAD W, 5-1 W, 4-IP, 2-H, 1-R/ER, 1-BB, 4-SO
2017 HOU ALCS Game 7 vs. NYY W, 4-0 GS/W, 5-IP, 2-H, 0-R, 1-BB, 5-SO

TONIGHT’S GAME 7!: Houston is trying to
become just the second team in MLB history to rally
from a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series.
UP OFF THE MAT: The Astros became the 39th
team in MLB history to go down 3-0 in a seven-game
series, just the fourth team, out of the 39, to force a
Game 6 and are just the second team out of that group
to force a Game 7…the only other team to force a
Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a series was the 2004
Red Sox, who went on to win that Game 7 of the ALCS
against the Yankees en route to a World Series title.
ONE WIN AWAY: A win tonight would advance the
Astros to their third World Series appearance in the last
four years and their fourth in franchise history (2005,
2017, 2019)…the Astros lost the 2005 World Series in
four games to the White Sox, defeated the Dodgers
in seven games in 2017 and lost a nail-biter to the
Nationals in seven games last season…the last team
to advance to at least three World Series in a four-year
span were the 1998-2001 Yankees, who made four
straight Fall Classics, winning three.
GAME 7 HISTORY: The Astros have played in a
Game 7 four times in franchise history, going 2-2 in
those contests…their wins both came in 2017, as they
dispatched the Yankees in the ALCS and the Dodgers
in the World Series…the losses are unfortunately just
as memorable, in the 2004 ALCS to the Cardinals and
in the 2019 World Series to the Nationals.
SPEAKING OF GAME 7s: Tonight’s opposing
starters will forever be linked together in Astros lore
as the duo that started and closed both Game 7s in
the 2017 Astros World Series run…they started it in the
ALCS, in which RHP Charlie Morton (5IP) started and
won, while RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (4IP) relieved
him and earned the save…then in the World Series,
McCullers (2.1IP) started, while Morton (4IP) relieved
him for the win…per Elias, they are the first pair of
players in postseason history to pitch in the same
winner-take-all game as teammates and then later
start against each other in a winner-take-all game.
BIG GAME LANCE: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. has
gone 1-1 with a save and a 2.93 ERA (14ER/43IP) in 13
career postseason apps. (six starts)…in those outings,
he’s held opponents to a .201 average…McCullers
started Game 2 of this series, tossing 7.0 innings,
while fanning 11 and allowing four runs (one earned).
STARTING STRONG: The pitching in this series
has been incredible, headlined by the five Astros starters, which have combined for a 1.96 ERA (7ER/32IP)…
they’ve posted 40 strikeouts in 32.0 innings pitched.
POWER FIVE: Per Elias, 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Alex
Bregman, SS Carlos Correa, 1B Yuli Gurriel and OF
George Springer have played in more postseason
games together than any other group of five teammates in MLB history (56 games)…Altuve and Correa
have played 59 postseason games together in the field,
the most by any 2B/SS duo in MLB history.

AT THE HELM: Dusty Baker is the first manager in
MLB history to take five different teams to the postseason, also the Giants (1997, 2000, 2002), Cubs (2003),
Reds (2010, 2012-13) and Nationals (2016-17)…Baker,
who’s 31-36 all-time in the postseason, is in his third
LCS as a manager, also reaching the NLCS with the
Giants (2002) and Cubs (2003)…tonight will be Baker’s
ninth career winner-take-all game as a manager, the
most all time, breaking a tie with Bobby Cox.
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: This is the Astros
14th appearance in the postseason in club history in
what is the 59th year of the franchise that began in
1962…this group of Astros has won a postseason
series in four straight seasons (2017-20), leading all
MLB teams in postseason games (56) and wins (33) in
that time frame…in both categories, the Astros top the
Dodgers (46g, 27 wins) and Yankees (34g, 18 wins).
GAME 6 WIN: The Astros forced a Game 7 with a
7-4 win last night over the Rays at Petco Park in San Diego…LHP Framber Valdez (1ER/6IP) earned his third
win of the postseason, fanning nine in his 6.0 innings
of work…the Astros did their damage in a four-run 5th
inning, which included a go-ahead, two-run single by
CF George Springer…SS Carlos Correa had another
big game, going 3×5 with an RBI…RF Kyle Tucker
connected for his first career postseason homer.
RBI MACHINE: SS Carlos Correa is hitting .372
(16×43) and leads the club in homers (6), RBI (15) and
OPS (1.285) this postseason…he’s upped his career
postseason RBI total to 48, which are the most in club
history, and rank tied for seventh in MLB history.
ALL-TIME POSTSEASON RBI IN MLB HISTORY

  1. Bernie Williams: 80 T4. David Ortiz: 61
  2. Manny Ramirez: 78 6. Albert Pujols: 54
  3. David Justice: 63 T7. Carlos Correa: 48
    T4. Derek Jeter: 61 T7. Reggie Jackson: 48
    HEAVY HITTERS: In Game 5, OF George Springer
    hit his 19th career postseason homer, which ranks tied
    for fourth in MLB history along with 1B Albert Pujols.
    ALL-TIME POSTSEASON HOMERS IN MLB HISTORY
  4. Manny Ramirez: 29 T4. George Springer: 19
  5. Bernie Williams: 22 T5. Jose Altuve: 18
  6. Derek Jeter: 20 T5. Reggie Jackson: 18
    T4. Albert Pujols: 19 T5. Mickey Mantle: 18
    SECOND TO NONE: 2B Jose Altuve has been
    arguably the best second baseman in postseason
    history, as he leads that position in career postseason
    homers (18) and RBI (39), and ranks tied for first in
    hits (72), along with Roberto Alomar (72)…in his 2020
    postseason, Altuve has hit .364 (16×44) with five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.250 OPS in his 12 games played.

RHP Lance McCullers Jr.

LAST START – ALCS GAME 2 at TB: had arguably the most dominant start
of his postseason career, striking out a postseason career-high 11 batters
over a postseason career-high 7.0 innings pitched…gave up 4 runs,
but just 1 was earned…gave up 4 hits and no walks while receiving his
first-career postseason loss in Houston’s 4-2 defeat.
• his 11 punchouts ranked 6th in Astros history for a single postseason
game, and marked the most by an Astros pitcher since Gerrit Cole’s
15-strikeout performance in Game 2 of the 2019 ALDS vs. TB.
• joined Cole (2018 ALDS Game 2 vs. CLE, 12 K) as the only Astros pitchers to post 11+ strikeouts without walking a batter in a single postseason
game.
• became the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to suffer a loss in the postseason
after allowing 1 run-or-fewer while fanning 11+ batters without a walk…
the only other to do it was Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe in Game 1 of the
1949 World Series against the Yankees.
BIG GAME LANCE: is making his 2nd-career start in a Game 7 of a postseason series, and his 3rd overall appearance.
• has posted 1 save with a 0.00 ERA (0ER/6.1IP), 9 strikeouts, 1 walk and
4 hits allowed (0.79 WHIP) in his career pitching in Game 7.
• will become the 1st Astros pitcher to make multiple Game 7 starts.
• tonight will mark the 6th time in his career that he takes the mound with
a chance to clinch a postseason series for Houston…in 5 appearances
(2 starts) in potential series clinching games, has gone 0-0 with 1
save, a 2.16 ERA (4ER/16.2IP), 11 hits, 5 walks, 20 K’s, 0.96 WHIP.
• was the starting pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger
Stadium (0ER/2.1IP).
• famously threw 24 straight curveballs to end Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS
vs. NYY, recording the save with 4.0 shutout innings…was the 7th save
of at least 4.0 innings in MLB postseason history, and the first since
Madison Bumgarner’s save in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series…
became the 1st pitcher in MLB history to strike out at least 6 batters in
a postseason save.
LANCE AND CHARLIE: tonight’s starting pitchers will join a group of 7 pitchers ever to appear in Game 7 of a postseason series at least 3 times.
• that group consists of Roger Clemens, who made 4 Game 7 appearances in his career, and the following pitchers who all appeared in Game
7 on 3 occasions: Bob Turley, Mike Stanton, John Smoltz, Mariano
Rivera, Felix Heredia and Bob Gibson.
• McCullers Jr. and Morton both played prominent roles for Houston
in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS and Game 7 of the 2017 World Series…
McCullers Jr. tossed a 4.0-inning save in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS after
Morton started the game with 5.0 innings of 1-run ball…McCullers Jr. then
started Game 7 of the World Series (0ER/2.1IP), while Morton finished
the game with 4.0 innings of 1-run relief to give Houston its first-ever
World Series title.
THE RETURN: has made a successful recovery from Tommy John surgery
(Nov. 6, 2018)…made 11 starts for the Astros during the 2020 regular
season, after missing all of 2019.
• finished the 2020 season on a solid run…over his final 8 starts of the
regular season, went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA (10ER/41.1IP), 13 walks, 45
strikeouts and a .182 opponent average (26×143)