It’s been twelve long days since Corey Seager hit his last home run, and oh, how sweet the payoff is.
Nationals’ starter Max Scherzer had a no-hitter through five pitches before Seager belted a first-pitch fastball to get the Dodgers on the board. Not only was it his third-longest home run of the year, measuring approximately 430 feet off the bat, but it made him the fourth Dodgers’ hitter under 23 years old with a postseason home run (per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell). Former Dodgers Mike Scioscia, Pete Reiser, and Mike Marshall keep Seager company on the shortlist.
While Seager went homer-less in last year’s playoff rounds, this has been a banner year for the 22-year-old. He batted .308/.365/.512 through the regular season and is expected to lasso National League Rookie of the Year honors as well.
Following the shortstop’s blast (and a three-run third inning), the Dodgers lead 4-3 through five in Game 1 of the NLDS.