Wrap: Seager hits first big leaguer homer as Dodgers beat D-backs
PHOENIX – The Dodgers got their revenge, and so did Corey Seager.
Seager, the 21-year-old rookie, hit his first big league home run and reached base five times as the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 on Saturday night.
It was a nice bounce-back game for the Dodgers, who suffered a 12-4 defeat to Arizona on Friday. It also ended up being a nice response from Seager, who endured a brushback pitch from beleaguered Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa in the third inning.
Seager followed the pitch with a sharp single up the middle, and later homered deep down the right field line. Seager was 4-for-4 with a walk and stretched his run of reaching base to nine straight plate appearances.
The Dodgers also got home runs from Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson. Crawford’s homer was the Dodgers’ third leadoff homer in their last four games. Gonzalez’s was his team-leading 27th of the season.
Crawford left the game in the fifth inning after experiencing some hamstring tightness. After the game he said the move was precautionary and that he is fine.
The Dodgers ended a two-game losing streak to improve to 81-60, maintaining their 7 1-2 game lead over the Giants, who beat up the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
At the plate
Crawford led off the game with a home run, a rocket over the right-field wall, his fourth home run of the season. The Dodgers made it 2-0 when Corey Seager beat out an infield single, scoring Chase Utley from third base.
The Dodgers scored five more runs in the third to make it 7-0. Gonzalez led off the inning with his team-leading 27th home run, Andre Ethier had an RBI-double and Corey Seager drove in Ethier with a single. After Ethier’s double, De La Rosa threw up and in on his first pitch to Seager. The umpire warned both benches, drawing the ire of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Seager then singled up the middle.
Two batters later, Pederson blasted a two-run home run, his 25th of the season.
Seager added his first big league homer, a solo shot, in the top of the fifth inning to give the Dodgers an 8-3 lead.
Alex Guerrero made it 9-5 with an RBI-double in the ninth.
On the mound
Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger was in and out of trouble during the early innings, and it eventually caught up to him in the fourth, when he allowed three runs on a couple of sacrifice flies and a wild pitch.
Bolsinger lasted only 3 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. He threw 80 pitches, only 46 of which were strikes.
Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless fifth, but Juan Nicasio gave up a run in the sixth when A.J. Pollock doubled and scored on a single by Ender Inciarte. Nicasio struck out Paul Goldschmidt to get out of the jam.
Luis Avilan allowed a run in the seventh on a home run by David Peralta.
Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen held the D-backs scoreless the rest of the way.
In the field
Joc Pederson robbed A.J. Pollock with a running catch in deep center field in the first. Crawford’s running catch to end the fourth inning stopped a D-backs rally that had already scored three runs, and got J.P. Howell out of a jam that had been created by Bolsinger.
On the bases
Seager stole second base in the first inning, his second career steal in as many attempts He stole four bases in five attempts in the minor leagues this year.
The Dodgers complete their 10-game road trip with a Sunday matinee against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Zack Greinke will be the Dodgers’ starter as he aims for his 17th win of the season. He already leads the NL in winning percentage (.842), ERA (1.68) and WHIP (0.856). He’ll be matched up against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who enters the game with a 3.32 ERA.e’