Seager adds twins to his triplets and the Dodgers are building momentum
By Cary Osborne
This story wasn’t supposed to be about Corey Seager. A lot of other people were going to get some limelight.
But then Seager commandeered this lead in the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting a two-run home run off Alexi Ogando halfway up the Right Field Pavilion in the Dodgers’ 12-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. It was his second home run of the game — the brother home run coming in the fourth inning with a 396-foot blast to center field off Matt Wisler.
Keeping it in the family, Seager cousined this game with his three-homer effort on Friday night.
Unreal Corey. Unreal.
“You just look at his makeup, you just look at his swing, he’s going to be an unbelievable player and he’s showing it now,” marveled Sunday starter Scott Kazmir.
Before the weekend began, 43 Major Leaguers, including his brother Kyle, had more homers than him. Now just eight players have more than his 14.
Only Hanley Ramirez (19, 2013), Don Zimmer (17, 1958), Pee Wee Reese (16, 1949) and Rafael Furcal (15, 2006) hit more homers in a season as a shortstop for the Dodgers.
Here’s the point where we can spread some wealth.
The Dodgers have now won seven straight games at home and they are 10-4 since they reached a season worst 21-23 on May 21.
The Dodgers hit four home runs in the game — Seager’s twins, a second-inning blast by Kiké Hernandez and a third-inning three-run home run by Yasmani Grandal that touched the sky and dropped into the bleachers in right.
The Dodgers had 18 home runs through their first 25 games. In the 33 games since, they’ve hit 43.
Chase Utley broke out of an 0 for 15 slump with an RBI double in the seventh.
Howie Kendrick was 0-for-13 coming in, but ended that by going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Even the bad news was good.
Kazmir left Sunday’s game prematurely in the sixth inning and was walked off the field by Dodger trainer Nathan Lucero, but it turned out to be just cramping in his left quad. Kazmir said he was dealing with the quad throughout the game and felt it tighten up more as the game progressed. He said he didn’t anticipate the tightness moving into injury territory.
“No,” Kazmir said on if he was worried about his next start. “I think I’ll be fine.”
Kazmir had a rough launch on Sunday, throwing 30 pitches in a first inning where he allowed four hits and two runs.
In innings two through five, he allowed one walk, one hit, no runs and struck out four.
In Kazmir’s last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 17 innings.
Remember May 21 when the sky was supposedly falling?
The next day, two weeks ago exactly, the Dodgers outlasted the Padres in 17 innings.
The Dodgers are tied with the Chicago Cubs with the best record in the National League since then.