Corey Seager went 2-4 with two home runs and three RBI, leading the Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Giants. His first homer started the scoring, while his second capped the Dodgers’ 30th comeback victory of the season. The Giants scored four runs against Dodgers’ starter Alex Wood, who still was awarded the win, thanks to the Dodgers offense.
Alex Wood cruised through six innings but struggled in the seventh. He allowed a leadoff single, then Brandon Crawford grounded into a force out but an unfortunate error allowed him to go to second. Crawford then scored on Jae-Gyun Hwang‘s RBI single. Hwang then scored when Nick Hundley doubled, and Hundley scored when Gorkys Hernandez doubled.
“You’re still a little irritated when you come out,” Wood said about leaving the game after giving up a lead. “But at the same time, the quality of our at-bats in our lineup, it doesn’t really matter if it’s the first inning or the ninth, if the game’s close, we got a chance to win a ballgame. From that perspective, it’s special is only the really way to describe it.”
The Dodgers did not want to lose a close game, especially against the rival Giants. Corey Seager got the Dodgers on the board early with a solo home run. It only seems logical that since teams clearly know Seager loves hitting the first pitch he sees, they would not throw him a good first pitch. However, Matt Moore, who was charged with four runs (three earned) over 6.1 innings, still threw a fastball on the first pitch. Seager hit it over the wall in left-center field for a solo home run. The mistake by Moore gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
After the Giants took the lead in the sixth inning, our friends Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor managed to tie the game and get Wood off the hook. The Dodgers had runners on first and third when Puig pinch-hit for Wood. Puig grounded out but Austin Barnes scored, making it 4-3 Giants. Taylor then doubled and Joc Pederson scored, tying the game at four.
The only thing that felt better than when the Dodgers tied the game, was when they took the lead for good against the rivals. Bruce Bochy went out to the mound to make a pitching change, bringing in the lefty Josh Osich to face Seager. Osich’s three-quarter arm angle did not bother Seager one bit. The first pitch was a slider that Seager swung at and missed. Seager then made the adjustment and hit the next pitch over the right field wall. The Dodgers had taken a 6-4 lead and the crowd at Dodger Stadium erupted.
Kenley Jansen was brought in to pitch the ninth inning and record the save. He struck out Brandon Crawford on five pitches. Then he threw four pitches to strike out Hwang. The final batter that Jansen had to face was Nick Hundley. He threw two cutters that Hundley was unable to hit, then he missed with a cutter. Hundley then struck out swinging at a slider. The Dodgers won the game 6-4 and extended their winning streak to six games.
Keys To The Game:
Two of the Dodgers’ six runs came on productive outs. I know, a productive out is not as fun to watch as a Corey Seager multi-homer game, but they are a big part of the game. A productive out it when a player gets out, but a runner on base either advances or scores. In the fifth inning, Alex Wood helped his own cause with an RBI fielder’s choice. He hit the ball on the ground to shortstop and the Giants could only get one out. Barnes scored on the play. The other productive out was Yasiel Puig’s RBI fielder’s choice in the seventh inning.
Player of The Game:
It is not hard to decide on last night’s player of the game. The only options are Corey Seager, Corey Seager, and Corey Seager. Seager went 2-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.As if a multi-homer game was not good enough, Seager also turned a double play in the fifth inning.
Ty Blach will take the mound for the Giants and Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers in game two of the series. Blach has pitched very well against the Dodgers, in four appearances he has a record of 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and a .156 BAA. Hill seems to have overcome his blister issues and is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last six starts. The game will start at 1:05 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.