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Rays' Choi Ji-man picks up 2 hits, RBI in ALDS victory

All News 11:53 October 08, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean first baseman Choi Ji-man delivered his first multihit game of this postseason for the Tampa Bay Rays in their second consecutive victory over the New York Yankees.

Choi went 2-for-5 with an RBI in an 8-4 Rays' win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) at Petco Park in San Diego on Wednesday (local time). The Rays now lead the best-of-five series 2-1, and can finish off the Yankees on Thursday back at Petco Park.

In this EPA photo, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI double against the New York Yankees in the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Petco Park in San Diego on Oct. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

Batting cleanup for the third straight game in this series, Choi was robbed of an extra-base hit in the top of the first inning.

With two outs and a runner on first, Choi turned on a first-pitch fastball from starter Masahiro Tanaka and drove it to deep right field. But right fielder Aaron Judge made an outstanding catch just in front of the wall to end the inning.

In the top third, Choi stepped up with a man aboard again but grounded out weakly to second base.

Choi picked up his first hit of the game in the top fifth. right after Randy Arozarena led off the frame with a towering solo home run that put the Rays up 5-1. That blast chased Tanaka from the game, and up against reliever Chad Green, Choi dropped a bloop single to shallow left field.

With two outs in the top sixth and the Rays leading 7-2, Choi knocked in Tampa Bay's eighth run with a double to right field against reliever Luis Cessa.

In this Associated Press photo, Choi Ji-man of the Tampa Bay Rays (L) reacts to a pitch by Luis Cessa of the New York Yankees during the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Petco Park in San Diego on Oct. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

At 0-2 count, Choi connected on an 83.8 miles per hour slider and sent it into the corner, well out of Judge's reach. Arozarena, who had drawn a walk in front of Choi, ran on contact and scored easily from first.

It was Choi's third RBI of this series. He hit a two-run home run in Game 1.

Choi grounded out to first in his final plate appearance in the top of the ninth inning.

The Rays pounded out 13 hits, including three home runs. Choi was one of five Tampa Bay batters with at least two hits in this game.

There are no off days in this best-of-five series and all games are being played at the Petco Park bubble, set up to eliminate travel for the teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this EPA photo, the Tampa Bay Rays' first baseman Choi Ji-man (L) shares a laugh with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees during the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Petco Park in San Diego on Oct. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

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