The Los Angeles Dodgers called up heralded shortstop prospect Corey Seager prior to Thursdays’s series opener and didn’t waste any time throwing the 21 year old into the fire.
Seager started at shortstop and batted eighth against the San Diego Padres, giving veteran Jimmy Rollins a night off after a stretch of playing in nine consecutive games without a day off. Although making his Major League debut, Seager very much looked the part both at the plate and up the middle.
He struck out in his first at-bat to end the second inning, then bounced back with timely hitting in the fifth and sixth innings. Seager’s first career hit in the Majors came with one out in the fifth on a double down the right field line. He later scored one of two runs for the Dodgers that inning:
With the Dodgers still trailing in the sixth, Seager stepped to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded. Facing Padres left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, Seager was given the green light on a 3-0 count and delivered with a two-run base hit that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead:
Seager finished his 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and one strikeout in his first career MLB game, but the Dodgers lost as the Padres rallied in the eighth to take a lead they never relinquished.