Reliever José Alvarado was included in the Championship Series roster and last Wednesday reappeared on the mound after two months without seeing action in the Major Leagues.
Positive feelings left the gunman when he retired the seventh inning with 22 pitches, which allowed them to reach a pair of strikeouts. In addition, the fastball was as brand new as usual and despite the inactivity his pitches did not drop below 98 mph.
Kevin Cash, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays has been pleased due to the depth in the relief during the postseason but still highlighted the presence of the Venezuelan who in recent years has been one of the trusted men.
Also, Alvarado made his playoff debut in his fourth year in the majors and is looking to reach the World Series to record new milestones.