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ARLINGTON, Texas — Mookie Betts‘ third-inning shoestring catch altered the momentum and Will Smith‘s sixth-inning home run off his namesake proved to be the difference, but all throughout, there was Corey Seager, a forgotten man on this star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers team, producing like he has through the entirety of his resurgent season.
Seager homered twice in the Dodgers’ 7-3, season-saving victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Friday night, giving him 10 RBIs this week — the most in an LCS since Nelson Cruz set the record with 13 in 2011.
He might have two more games to catch him.
“That guy is something else,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s one of those guys who never gives an at-bat away. It’s very impressive. He’s a dangerous, impressive hitter.”
Throughout this series, as the Dodgers have struggled to string together consistent offense against the Braves’ vaunted pitching staff, Seager has acted as a consistent force from the No. 2 spot, compiling eight hits, six of them for extra bases, in 20 at-bats. Since the start of the postseason, he’s batting .342/.409/.842. Since the start of the regular season, he’s batting .312/.366/.624.
“He’s healthy, he’s been healthy, he’s had a tremendous year, the experience he’s had in the postseason — all of it is lining up right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “For me, there’s no better player.”
With the Dodgers trailing by two in the fourth,