The Dodgers got their 2016 postseason off to a solid start, scoring a run two batters in to their first game. That run was thanks to a home run by Corey Seager in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals, becoming the youngest Dodger ever to hit a postseason home run.
Seager, who hit 26 home runs in his rookie campaign, took Max Scherzer over the center field wall for his first career postseason home run, in his sixth postseason game.
“He’s a special player, and has been great for us all year, coming up with big hits,” said Justin Turner, who also homered, on MLB Network after the game. “He did it again tonight.”
At 22 years, 163 days old, Seager is the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run in the postseason. The only other 22-year-old Dodgers to hit home runs in the postseason were Pete Reiser (22 years, 202 days) in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series and Mike Scioscia (22 years, 320 days) in Game 1 of the 1981 NLCS.
It is fitting that Seager now owns this record, after a season of setting several LA Dodgers rookie records, including most doubles (40), most hits (193) and most total bases (321).
Seager scored two of the Dodgers’ four runs in their Game 1 win.
The Dodgers try for a 2-0 advantage on Saturday afternoon, with Rich Hill on the mound to start a 1:08 p.m. PT game, also on Fox Sports 1. Tanner Roark starts for the Nationals in Game 2.