LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' Corey Seager reached another milestone for his promising career in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals, hitting multiple homers in a game for the first time.The two home runs could also have not been more different outside of being solo shots. The first was an
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' Corey Seager reached another milestone for his promising career in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals, hitting multiple homers in a game for the first time.
The two home runs could also have not been more different outside of being solo shots. The first was an opposite-field strike that just cleared the left-field fence, while the second was a no-doubter pulled into right field that traveled 409 feet according to Statcast™. The first came ahead in the count, 2-0, against right-hander Mike Leake, the second behind, 1-2, against southpaw Kevin Siegrist. Together, they gave the Dodgers their only runs of the night.
That kind of all-field ability speaks to what level of hitting the shortstop has reached at just age 22.
"Corey is learning the league. I think that he's been a little more patient and just getting good pitches to hit," manager Dave Roberts said. "With the strength that he has and the swing that he has, if he gets a strike, he's going to do some things."
With those two home runs, Seager is now on a six-game hitting streak. In that span, he has four multi-hit games and six extra-base hits. In the month of May, he's hitting .370/.420/.717 in 46 at-bats.
Like Roberts, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he hasn't seen any changes in Seager's swing or approach to spur the strong results, just an abundance of opportunity.
"Haven't seen anything different," Gonzalez said. "Like every hitter, he's going to go through times when he feels good at the plate and he's going to have times when he's not as effective, but right now he's obviously been seeing the ball and putting some good swings on it."
Seager was .250/.311/.396 in April, averages in line with the league's collective shortstops, but not what one would expect from a hit tool that has drawn plus-plus ratings from prospect experts, along with opposing managers.
"Amazing how the ball carries for Seager. The ball jumps off his bat," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Just try to let him beat you to the big part of the field and he still did it."
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.