Corey Seager/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
Hot prospect Corey Seager was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. A night earlier, the shortstop/third baseman was with the OKC Dodgers helping them clinch the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League.
He admitted it was kind of strange to go from that, to making his major-league debut the next night in San Diego with the Dodgers taking on the Padres.
“I came from one where we just clinched in OKC, so that was fun, and now you’re right back in the grind trying to clinch (the NL West), so it should be a bunch of fun,” Seager said. “It was really weird. We just got done celebrating and got home and you’re gone.”
Seager was struck out looking by Colin Rea in the second inning. But he got his first major-league hit in the fifth when he ripped a double down the right-field line. He scored on an RBI single by Joc Pederson.
Then in the top of the sixth, Seager hit a two-run single to center for a 5-4 Dodgers lead.
Buster Posey is out at first base after being picked off Clayton Kershaw — one of two pickoffs in the game by the Dodgers’ pitcher. (Leo Jarzomb/Staff photographer)
By striking out 15 batters on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw did something no San Francisco Giants opponent had done since Aug. 9, 1987. The last pitcher to do it: Nolan Ryan. (H/t to Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly for that pull.)
Kershaw was all the Dodgers needed. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Mike Bolsinger will start Friday in San Diego, giving everyone other than Mat Latos an extra day’s rest.
Mat Latos will start for the Dodgers on Thursday in San Diego. And then?
The final three games of the four-game series at Petco Park are still up in the air. One start will probably go to right-hander Mike Bolsinger, who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday and hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since July 29.
Update (11:00 p.m.): Bolsinger will start Friday.
“We’ve been wanting to slip him into the rotation to either move somebody forward or to give someone an extra day, but we haven’t really decided an exact day or anything like that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Just if somebody needs a blow, kind of looking at all our guys individually and what’s best for them.”
Bolsinger has taken batting practice with the Dodgers’ starting pitchers. His next start is a question of if, not when. Bolsinger has faced the Padres twice this year. He hurled eight shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in May. In June, he allowed two runs in 4 ⅔ innings.
Bolsinger has a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts for the Dodgers this season.