Seager goes deep twice in come-from-behind Dodgers win 6-4

July 28, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 28: Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning during a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 28, 2017 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

LOS ANGELES-Whenever the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers it seems that the games are always close and competitive.

Cory Seager hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Dodgers came back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Giants 6-4 before a crowd of 51,426 at Dodger Stadium.

This was the sixth consecutive win for the Dodgers, and they are 6-2 on their current 10-game home stand that ends on Sunday night.

With their win tonight, the Dodgers are now a major league best 72-31, winning 24 out of their last 27 at Dodger Stadium since June 7 and are 45-13 at home this season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers have won 51 consecutive games when at leading at any point during the game, the longest such streak in major league history.

This was also their 30th come-from-behind win of the season.

It was tough loss for the Giants, who took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, as Nick Hundley lashed a double down the left field line to score Jae-gyun Hwang in the top of the seventh inning.

Just prior to the Hundley double, Hwang tied up the game with a single to centerfield that scored Brandon Crawford from second base.

After the Hundley double, Gorkys Hernandez continues his red-hot play, as he hit a double of his own to score Hundley and lengthen the Giants lead with the ever so important insurance run.

Crawford advanced to second base, as Corey Seager’s throw went awry of Cody Bellinger for a throwing error. On the play, Buster Posey was forced out at second base after he led off the inning with a sharp single to right field.

That would be the score for just a half-inning, as the Dodgers continue their recent trend of scoring late in games, as they scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to eventually take the lead and two innings later, the victory.

Austin Barnes led off the inning with a walk, then went to third on a Joc Pederson double. That would be all for Matt Moore, as George Kontos came onto replace Moore.

Yaisel Puig came on to pinch hit and grounded out to Crawford for the second out and Barnes scored easily from third base.

Chris Taylor tied up the game with a double that scored Pederson, and then Taylor scored what proved to be the game-winning run just the Seager’s second home run of the game. It was the sixth multi-home run game of Seager’s career and second this season. Seager hit three home runs on June 20 in a 12-0 Dodgers victory over the New York Mets.

Barnes led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a walk, went to second on a Matt Moore wild pitch and then onto third when Hundley’s throw sailed into centerfield for an error.

It looked like Barnes was going to score on a Kike Hernandez would be double, but Hwang made a diving play to snare the Hernandez hit down the line and got up in time throw out Hernandez at first base.

It was a tough no-decision for Moore, who allowed just four runs on just three hits, walking four and striking out six. The second of those runs was unearned, as Barnes was able to score after he reached third base on the Hundley throwing error and then scored on the Alex Wood groundout.

On the other hand, Wood just keeps winning, as he went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, not walking a batter and striking out five on his way to 12th win in 13 decisions on the season.

Brandon Morrow struck out two in his only inning of work, before handing the ball over to closer Kenley Jansen, who pitched the ninth inning and retired the Giants in order for his 26th save of the season in 27 opportunities.

By striking out the side to notch his 26th save of the season, Jansen has now struck out 68 batters and walked only three.

Seager got the scoring started for the Dodgers in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit the first pitch he saw from Moore on the evening halfway up the left field bleachers for 17th home run of the season.

That would be the score for a half-inning, as with one out in the top of the second inning, as Crawford evened up the game with a solo home run deep into right field bleachers.

NOTES: Ty Blach takes the mound for the Giants on Saturday afternoon, as the Giants look to even up this three-game series against the Dodgers. Blach is looking to raise his record back over the .500 mark on the season, as he looks for his seventh win of the season.

Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers, as the former Oakland Athletics pitcher looks for his eighth win of the season against just four losses.

With the Dodgers leading the Giants 32.5 games in the National League West, this is only the second time in the long history of this great rivalry that a team has been of the other team by more than 30 games. The last time this occurred was on September 27, 1985, when the Giants were exactly 30 games behind the Dodgers in the National League West (according to STATS, INC.)

The Dodgers then swept the Giants in that series, as the Dodgers went on to win the National League West before losing in six games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants ended up the season with a record of 62-100, their last 100-loss season and their only 100-loss season in the teams’ 135-year history.

Hwang was recalled from Sacramento prior to the game, while reliever Chris Stratton was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a calf injury.

With their record of 40-64, this is the worst start thru 104 games by a Giants team, since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. This loss broke the dubious record of 41-63 that they obtained during both the 1984 and 1985 seasons.


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