Seager’s Slam Helps Dodgers Sweep Reds

June 11, 2017

Corey Seager’s hit his first career grand slam in the 8th inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Reds 9-7 on Sunday afternoon at the Ravine.  The win completed a 3-game sweep for LA over the Reds.

The grand slam was the 9th homer of the season for Seager and capped a six-run rally in the 8th.

The rally started with one out when Cody Bellinger hit a solo homer off of Austin Brice.  After a Yasmani Grandal single, Raisel Iglesias came in to replace Brice.

Iglesias (2-1), who ended up taking the loss, walked three straight batters which forced in a run, pulling the Dodgers within 7-5.  That set the stage for Seager’s big blast to right center field.

Cody Bellinger hit another homer earlier in the game, and Chase Utley also connected on a long ball for the Boys in Blue in the 5th.

The Reds had leads of 3-0 and 7-3 behind four home runs. Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, Joey Votto, and Devin Mesoraco all went deep for Cincinnati.

Hyun-Jin Ryu received a no-decision but was roughed up early for LA.  He gave up four runs on six hits in only four innings of work.  Ross Stripling gave up three more runs in two innings of relief.

However, Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, and Kenley Jansen combined for three shutout innings.  Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 11th save.

The bad news for LA was that first baseman Adrian Gonzales left the game in the 7th after complaining that his back locked up.  He was diagnosed a herniated disc and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

The Dodgers will have Monday off before traveling to Cleveland on Tuesday to open a 3-game series with the Indians.  Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 2.20 ERA) will be on the hill for LA.   The Indians will counter with Trevor Bauer (5-5, 6.10 ERA).

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