Dodgers 4 Braves 2: Braves Attend Seager HR Derby

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Sep 18, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) rounds the bases after a 2 run home run the fourth inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) rounds the bases after a 2 run home run the fourth inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson propel the Dodgers to a W over the Braves thanks to multiple home runs.

Kenta Maeda started off a little shaky. He walked Freddie Freeman in the first inning and Freeman would eventually score thanks to a single from Adonis Garcia. The Braves would then score again in the top of the second on a couple more base hits. Maeda settled down a lot after that though. he struggled with his pitch count. In the first two innings Maeda threw 46 pitches, 17 of those were balls and he allowed four hits. However, in the third and fourth inning, he threw 26 pitches, only seven were balls and he allowed only one hit. Maeda would go 6.1 innings, giving up six hits, walking two, allowing two earned runs and striking out five.

Julio Teheran was great for the Braves. He pitched 5.2 innings, struck out seven, walked two and only gave up three hits. However, each of those hits were home runs! Corey Seager would get the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the fourth as he hit a solo shot into right. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, Trayce Thompson would come up and send one over the center field wall. All of a sudden, with two swings of the bat, the Dodgers were now tied 2-2 with the Braves. The home runs did not stop there. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Seager hit another bomb into center which gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Seager was not finished yet. He would come up and hit another home run in the bottom of the eight inning into left.

Seager is the first rookie to hit three home runs in one game since Don Demeter who did it in the Coliseum on April 21, 1959. This is his second multi-home run game this season. He hit two on May 15 against the Cardinals. The Dodgers had five hits on the evening. Four of those were home runs, the other a double and Mr. Seager had three of those five hits. The young rookie has had a lot of pressure and high expectations placed on him, but he only seems to be thriving under those conditions. The Braves literally had front row seats to a Seager home run derby this evening.

Seager, Thompson and Joc Pederson are all roommates out in LA. Brandon McCarthy weighed in on the situation.

All in all, it was a great game from the Dodgers and much needed since the Giants won again today. The young guns again seem to carry the team to victory, Maeda struggled in the first two innings, but really settled down in order to silence the Braves offense.

Dodgers will face the Braves again tomorrow at home and first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM. The Dodgers will be sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound as they look for their second win in a three game series. Good night y’all. Let’s do it all over again tomorrow!

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