Corey Seager put his name on the map, and all over the Dodgers record book with three home runs on Friday night in a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Seager hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings against Braves starter Julio Teheran, then added another in the eighth inning against relief pitcher Hunter Cervenka. Seager became the first Dodgers rookie with three home runs in a game since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959.
He is also just the 20th major league shortstop since 1913 with three home runs in a game, with the only other Dodger on the list Kevin Elster, who opened then-Pac Bell Park in San Francisco on April 11, 2000.
Seager has been hot, with seven home runs in May, and he hit .345 (10-for-29) on the just-concluded road trip with two home runs. He is hitting .283/.338/.511 on the season, leading the team in home runs (12), RBI (31), doubles (12), hits (62) and runs scored (36) this season.
The Dodgers other run came from a home run by Trayce Thompson, accounting for the only three hits allowed by Teheran, who was otherwise excellent, striking out seven in his 5⅔ innings. Thompson also doubled later, though the Dodgers did not score in that inning. But it helped make Friday night a microcosm of their offense this season.
The club's offense has largely gone through Seager and Thompson, with a healthy mix of fellow roommate Joc Pederson, with the trio all residing in some sort of magical run-producing domicile that has produced 29 of the Dodgers' 57 home runs this season.
Kenta Maeda allowed two runs early, but pitched into the seventh to earn the win (more on him shortly), and the trio of Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen finished things off.
Home runs: Corey Seager 3 (12), Trayce Thompson (9)
WP - Kenta Maeda (5-3): 6 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
LP - Julio Teheran (1-6): 5⅔ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (16): 1 IP 1 hit