If the Rays are going to force a Game 7, they will need more help from hitters not named Randy Arozarena. Kevin Kiermaier, who has had a good World Series at the plate, is now 7 for 17 in the series after his second-inning double with one out. But the Rays did nothing else with a runner in scoring position as Mike Zunino struck out, Ji-Man Choi walked and then Arozarena struck out.
Reliever Dylan Floro, not starter Tony Gonsolin, faced Arozarena. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts didn’t want Gonsolin facing Arozarena again, as Arozarena homered off him in the first inning. Gonsolin faced 10 batters, got five outs, surrendered three hits, walked two, struck out four, threw 48 pitches and was pulled. Floro fanned Arozarena on three pitches, all changeups.
Blake Snell, the Rays’ starter, has looked as sharp so far as he has in any other start this postseason. He located his hard fastball well, while also showing good feel for his changeup, curveball and slider. He has induced some bad swings from Dodgers hitters and struck out five through two innings on only 24 pitches. Remember: Snell hasn’t completed six innings this postseason. The Rays may need that tonight.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/10/27/sports/dodgers-rays