When you’re Seager, the whole world smiles with you
Each time he jogged around the bases tonight — and trust us, he wasn’t loafing — Corey Seager had a wide grin on his face.
And why not? Seager broke the Los Angeles Dodger record for homers by a shortstop in the first inning with his 20th, then added his 21st for good measure in the seventh, in the Dodgers’ 9-4 victory over Philadelphia.
The Dodgers wondered most of the night if their five-run first inning would catapult them into a tie for first place in the National League West, but moments before their game ended in Los Angeles, San Francisco was outlasting Miami in 14 innings, 8-7, with Brandon Crawford’s seventh hit of the night driving in the winning run.
A costly throwing error (two unearned runs) marred what was otherwise a solid night for Julio Urías in his last start as a teenager. Retiring the final five batters he faced, Urías allowed seven baserunners in five innings with two strikeouts, throwing 88 pitches. He crossed the 90-inning barrier for the first time as a professional.
Two other Dodgers hit home runs: Yasmani Grandal and, playing against his longtime team for the first time, Chase Utley. The Dodgers also had four doubles: two by Joc Pederson, one by Grandal and one by Justin Turner.
In the ninth inning, Josh Ravin became the Dodgers’ 50th player of 2016. That includes 16 pitchers already in the first eight days of August. Brett Anderson, who threw five innings in a rehab outing tonight for Oklahoma City, could add to the total sooner than later.