10/27/08 12:33 AM ET
Rays set AL record for playoff homers
In franchise's first postseason, Tampa Bay has 25 long balls
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The long balls, however, were the only runs the Rays managed in a 10-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park.
Carl Crawford homered in the fourth inning, and Eric Hinske slugged a pinch-hit home run in the fifth, both off Phillies starter Joe Blanton, to eclipse the former AL mark. The old record was set by the 2002 Angels, who slugged 24 homers on their way to a World Series championship.
The home runs were Crawford's second and Hinske's first of the World Series, coming in Hinske's first at-bat since being added to the roster as an injury replacement for Cliff Floyd before Game 4.
Tampa Bay's power production is tied for the second-best in Major League postseason history. The 2002 Giants, who played the Angels in that World Series, hit 27 home runs, while the '04 Astros belted 25 home runs.
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Of the Rays' 25 home runs this postseason, 15 have come away from Tropicana Field, the most road long balls hit by any one team in the postseason since the Astros hit 17 in 2004. The '02 Giants hold that record with 18 blasts.
The Rays hit 16 home runs in their seven-game AL Championship Series victory over the Red Sox, the most in LCS history, surpassing the 2004 Astros' mark of 14. B.J. Upton's seven postseason home runs equal Troy Glaus' production in 2002 with the Angels for the most by an AL player in a single postseason, and Evan Longoria's six postseason home runs are the most by a Major League rookie in a single postseason.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.