Dodgers almost come all the way back, but Seager sets a Dodger first
By Cary Osborne
Well, that was one heckuva comeback. It just wasn’t completed.
The Dodgers, who we’ve established here as being the team you can’t give up on, trailed 6-0 on in Phoenix on Sunday in the eighth and were 90 feet away from tying the score in the top of the ninth. But they were turned away by Arizona reliever Jake Barrett who struck out Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor with runners on first and third to end the game and deal the Dodgers a 6-5 setback.
Justin Turner and Corey Seager were the captains of the comeback attempt. Turner hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning after Seager doubled to cut the deficit to 6-2. Seager doubled in two off Diamondbacks reliever Tyler Clippard in the ninth, then Turner singled in Seager and Howie Kendrick to bring the Dodgers to within one.
Andrew Toles moved Turner to third on a one-out single, but Barrett stemmed the tide.
Back to Seager, who hit three doubles in the game to move into a tie for first in the National League with 27 doubles. He shares the lead with San Francisco’s Brandon Belt.
Seager trails Eric Karros by three doubles for the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie record — Karros hit his 30 in 1992. But Seager does have one distinction that’s his and his only. He became the first Dodger ever to have a three-homer game and a three-double game in the same season. Seager homered three times on June 3.
This was the 10th three-double game by a Dodger since 2000 — the last being Turner on April 19, 2015.
Seager’s first double on Sunday arrived in the fifth inning with one out, but he was stranded on second base.
The Dodgers led off the second, third, fourth and sixth innings with baserunners, only to come up empty in every frame. The toughest pill to swallow was the second, when the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs and didn’t score.
Kenta Maeda struggled, allowing three runs in the first inning and not making it out of the fifth inning. Chris Hatcher had a rough seventh inning, allowing two hits and a walk. Jean Segura scored the Diamondbacks’ sixth run on a Hatcher wild pitch.
Going into this series, the Dodgers had one six of the last seven series against Arizona. They split a series with the Diamondbacks September 21-24 last season. This is their first series loss since April 10-12 in Arizona.