Playoff Corey Seager showed up and showed out in a big way again on Monday night. In Game 3 of the World Series, the Texas Rangers shortstop delivered the big blow to the Arizona Diamondbacks, while also flashing the leather in the field. His performance helped get the Rangers not only out in front of last night's game, but in the series as well. Texas now holds a 2-1 advantage over the Diamondbacks heading into tonight's Game 4 contest.
Last night the Rangers did all of their scoring with two outs in the third inning, and thankfully it was enough to get the win. Nathaniel Lowe started the inning with a double, but things were looking bleak after Josh Jung struck out and Leody Taveras grounded up to second. Lowe was able to move up to third on the Taveras groundout. Then Marcus Semien strolled to the dish, with two outs. After fouling off a sweeper that caught all of the plate to start the at bat, Semien worked the count back into his favor at 2-1. He didn't miss the next pitch as it was a four-seam fastball that was up and in but located within the strike zone. The single to center put the Rangers on the board first and set the stage for Seager.
Before Seager's time at the plate, there was a mound visit which didn't prove beneficial for Arizona. Pitcher Brandon Pfaadt and his team decided to start the aggressive Seager with a changeup and that was the wrong choice of pitches. Seager hit his second no-doubt two-run home run of the World Series. This one put the Rangers out in front by three and proved to be the game winner, even though it occurred in only the third inning. The homerun had an exit velo of 114.5 mph and the only park that would have held it is Yellowstone.
If I asked you how many hits Seager has in the World Series to this point, the answer would more than likely go something like this, "I'm not sure, but I know that he has two huge home runs." Well, that would be correct, and those two colossal bombs are the only hits that he has recorded thus far in the Fall Classic. Great players love the big moments, and Seager is one of those guys. Getting hits against the top pitchers can be hard, but he has managed to come through when the Rangers have needed him most.
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager showing why he is a Gold Glove finalist
Seager not only had the decisive blow offensively last night, but he played a great game defensively as well. After making several plays throughout the game, his best effort came in the eighth inning with Aroldis Chapman on the mound and the Diamondbacks threatening. Arizona had already scored one run and had cut the Rangers lead to 3 to 1.
They had a runner at first and their hot hitting second baseman Ketel Marte up to bat. Chapman got him to hit a rocket on the ground (114.4 mph) just to the left of Seager. He was able to field the ball cleanly and backhand toss it to Semien, who fired the ball to Lowe at first for the inning ending six, four, three twin killing. It was yet another crucial moment in the game, where Seager came through.
Seager and his Texas Ranger teammates will look to extend their lead in the World Series to two games, as they will play Game 4 tonight. I don't know about you, but I am excited to see what he will do next, because it is obvious that Seager is built for this grand stage. Enjoy the ride!