Rays Hold Off Historic Astros Comeback, Arozarena ALCS MVP

Jonathan Grant | October 18th, 2020

The Tampa Bay Rays must have been watching the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Atlanta Braves earlier in the day on Saturday ahead of their Game 7 clash with the Houston Astros. Having lost three consecutive games to be forced into playing a winner-take-all decider, the Rays jumped on the Astros early much like the Dodgers did to the Braves earlier in the day.


Randy Arozarena, because who else could it be, got the party started when he launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. An inning later, the advantage was extended to 3-0 when Mike Zunino homered as well on a solo effort. In the sixth, Zunino again drove in a run, this time with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Despite a two-run single from Carlos Correa in the eighth inning, they would hang on and win 4-2, avoiding a dubious bit of history. Arozarena, obviously, took home MVP honors. His series was so exceptional, with seven home runs in the ALCS. He’s the first rookie position player to ever win ALCS MVP, and he’s a major reason why the Rays are headed to their second-ever World Series. They will now travel to Arlington and get ready for the winner of the Braves/Dodgers.

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