Arozarena shines again, but Rays can't finish Astros in ALCS

Arozarena shines again, but Rays can't finish Astros in ALCS”

José Altuve and the Houston Astros are eager to match the 2004 Boston Red Sox in the history books.

The Astros' to-do list before Game 5 of the ALCS seemed a bit improbable: They had to beat the Rays again to stave off elimination.

Tampa Bay beat the Houston Astros 5-2 on Tuesday night in San Diego to take a 3-0 series lead. On Wednesday night, he drove a two-run shot onto the third balcony to break a tie and lead the Astros to a 4-3 win.

"We are very motivated", Altuve said. Visualized the rising heater he knew was coming.

The Rays still lead the series 3-1.

Neither starting pitcher saw the third inning.

"We get to play another day", Baker said.

The post The Tampa Bay Rays are one win away from the World Series appeared first on The Comeback. Arozarena homered for the second straight game, third time this series and sixth time this postseason, tying the rookie record set by Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria in 2008. "We're going to stay positive". Overall, teams are 1-37 when faced with that challenge. "They're probably feeling the same way".

The Astros sent Luis Garcia to the mound, a 23-year-old who had exactly one big-league start before this and had never pitched above Single-A before this season.

Houston was leading 4-2 in the top of the sixth.

Greinke struck out Arozarena, then allowed another infield single to load the bases for Mike Brosseau.

The Astros forced a Game Five in the NLCS after bringing down the Rays 4-3.

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Baker said he thought about putting in Ryan Pressly, but catcher Martin Maldonado said, "He can get this guy".

"I said, 'Go head on, man, ' " Baker said. "He reads people really good". "I don't think anybody is anxious". He sees the right thing nearly 100% of the time.

Had the game gone to extra innings, Baker was prepared to go to Valdez. He struck out seven and walked one.

Tampa Bay has made a living off this "opener" thing, sending out someone like Curtiss who makes a quick exit after getting things started.

"We've got to get the bats going, no doubt about it", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

"We all want to go to Dallas [for the World Series]". Garcia did get through the Rays' lineup, but did so in just two innings, both scoreless.

Correa is only 3 for 18 in the series, but two of the hits are homers. And when he needed to make an accurate throw to second for a key forceout in the ninth, the star second baseman was right on target. That home run tied him for second in most home runs in a single postseason among rookies.

There was no buzz or excitement in the air at Petco Park, however.

"I knew it was a homer".

Arozarena then missed the first 34 games of the regular season after catching COVID-19.

The Astros remain villains in many people's eyes for their sign-stealing scandal three years ago. In 2019, he had a 1.78 ERA in 60.2 innings and continued to be an effective pitcher in 2020, pitching to a 4.08 ERA in 57.1 innings of work and finishing with the highest K/9 rate in the majors (min. 50 IP) at 14.28.

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