Corey Seager was baseball’s number two overall prospect until his long awaited debut on Thursday for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park. Unfortunately for Los Angeles it ended in a loss.
However, the loss had absolutely nothing to do with Seager, who had two doubles on the night, scored two runs and drive in two runs. He batted eighth and gave regular shortstop Jimmy Rollins a rare day of rest.
“It was really fun,” Seager said. “It wold have been nice to win but I still had fun in my first day.”
On Friday he’ll showcase his infield versatility playing third base, according to MLB.com.
Seager’s first major league hit in Thursday’s game came in the fifth inning in the form of a double off of Padres starter Colin Rea and he ended up scoring to put the Dodgers on the board. San Diego was already in the lead with Dodgers’ starter Mat Latos giving up four runs – two in the first and two in the second.
Seager followed that up with his second ever MLB hit in the sixth inning, a two-run double that gave the Dodgers the lead in the ballgame.
Los Angeles entered the eighth inning with a 7-6 lead but Jim Johnson (BIG surprise here! – hey, I’m an A’s fan. I know what damage JJ can do) walked Justin Upton and subsequently surrendered a homer to Jed Gyorko.
The Dodgers went on to lose the game 10-7, but they got exactly what was expected from baseball’s number two prospect. They’ll be hoping for more of the same from Seager tomorrow.
Despite just coming off a sweep of division rivals the San Francisco Giants the Dodgers need to keep winning through September in order to take home the National League Western Division Title for the third straight season.