Holy Seager smooth, Batman!
Corey Seager book-ended RBI doubles in the first and ninth innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded a 5-4, walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning as Corey Seager got the party started with an RBI double that flew over the head of Scooter Gennett for the first run of the game. Two sacrifice flies later, Seager himself scored to make it 2-0 Dodgers.
Cody Bellinger followed Seager's run with his 13th home run of the season, a blast that sailed over the short porch in right field, barely missing the foul pole.
"We had a pretty good plan against him [Wojciechowski]. I had two strikes so I was expecting a heater up," said Bellinger who now leads the team in home runs and RBIs (32). "Sometimes when you're looking for something you get it. I stayed back on it just enough and it got out of here."
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Dodgers' starter Alex Wood was activated off the 10-day disabled list before the game and raised his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 28 before allowing an RBI single to former Dodger, Jose Peraza in the top of third.
"You don't really think too much about it. It's nice to do things like that," said Wood of the streak. "Every hit and every run matters. I made one bad pitch to Peraza. I threw him two pitches in the same spot. I probably should have gone somewhere else before I came back to the sinker away."
Wood continued to put up zeroes for the next few innings thanks to some stellar defensive help by novice center fielder, Chris Taylor, who did his best Spider-Man impression on this web gem in the sixth inning:
"I knew he hit it well, so I just tried to get to the wall as quick as I could," said Taylor of the acrobatic catch. "Luckily, our walls are pretty padded so I wasn't scared of the contact. It was just one of those instinct plays."
However, Wood himself would not make it out of the inning as he left the game with two outs and two runners on after Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts called up the bullpen on the bat-phone and asked for reliever Josh Fields.
Fields emerged from the bat cave in relief of Wood, but faster than you can say, "Holy game-tying home run, Batman," Devin Mesoraco tied the game with one swing after sending a fastball from Fields into the left-center pavilion.
"I made a good pitch, and Mesoraco got to it. He did a good job of getting on top of that ball," said Fields of the game-tying home run. "Doc [Roberts] came up to me after and told me to hang in there. That relaxed me and gave me a lot of confidence."
Wood was charged with two of those three runs, allowing three total on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts as he did not factor in the decision.
"I was pretty gassed that last inning," admitted Wood. "Going two weeks without starting, it's tough on your stamina. That's probably where missing time affects you the most."
Asher Wojciechowski started for Cincinnati, and also did not factor in the decision as he allowed four runs on six hits with no walks and just one strikeout in five innings.
Corey Seager gave the Dodgers precisely what they needed when he once gain doubled past the outstretched arms of Gennett to win the game for the boys in blue in the bottom of the ninth.
"I got a little bit lucky I guess," said Seager of the fact that both balls were not caught by Gennett. "I hit one right in the same spot on my second at-bat and he caught it, so I really didn't know if he was going to get to that one or not."
The hit was Seager's first ever walk-off hit in his entire baseball life spanning over 20 years. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.
"That was the first one. It was pretty cool," Seager said of the walk-off hit. "Aparrently I'm not very good at it, it took me 20 years to get one. The whole thing was fun."
The walk-off win was the Dodgers fourth of the season and their third straight win overall. They improved to 13-2 against the Reds at Dodger Stadium since July 26, 2013.
The Reds will send RHP Tim Adleman to the mound on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start at Dodger Stadium since he was sent to the bullpen as first pitch is scheduled for 1:10PM PST.
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