Corey Seager keeps it simple at the plate: he just tries to get hits.
The Dodgers No. 4 prospect succeeded three times Friday night, blasting a pair of two-run homers and a double and driving in a career-high six runs in Class A Great Lakes' 9-7 victory over West Michigan at Dow Diamond.
"I don't think I've ever had a game like that," Seager said. "That was pretty special. I think that is probably a once-in-a-lifetime type of game and I'll remember it for a while."
"I talked about [Seager] on the first day when the season opened and I told people that this kid is special," Loons manager Razor Shines said. "I think he's one of the best players in this league and what you all saw tonight are some of the things I've seen him do all the time. He is a special, special talent and one day, we're all going to be able to see it on television."
Seager, the younger brother of Mariners infielder Kyle Seager, has multiple hits in six of his last seven games and is riding a four-game extra-base hit streak.
"I'd just say I'm starting earlier, loading slower and I'm more under control at the plate. I've been working on my stuff and it's just starting to pay off," he said.
The 19-year-old shortstop took Whitecaps starter Edgar De La Rosa deep in the first and third innings, then grounded into a double play to end the fifth. In the seventh, with two outs and left-hander Logan Ehlers on the mound, West Michigan opted to intentionally walk right-handed hitter Tyler Ogle to face the lefty-swinging Seager.
Ogle entered with a .961 OPS against lefties, while Seager had a .787 OPS against southpaws. Ehlers, meanwhile, had a 2.00 ERA against lefties and an 8.22 ERA vs. righties.
Seager, who said he doesn't "usually have trouble with lefties," foiled the strategy with a double off the wall in left center field.
"I wasn't really thinking anything," he said. "I hadn't faced [Ehlers] yet. He threw a slider and then another and I ticked it, so I thought he might triple up. It's no different than any other at-bat, I just tried to go up there and get a hit."
"That's a win-win for us," Shines said. "You've got a guy at the plate in Ogle who's a tough out. And they decided to pitch to Corey, obviously for the lefty-on-lefty matchup. I was a little excited because we have a guy at the plate who's already hit two home runs, so you obviously know he's feeling good about himself."
Seager helped Shines earn his 600th win. After the game, the team presented him with a cake commemorating the milestone.
"It means I've been able to do this for a long time," Shines said. "It also means that longevity has given me the opportunity to do this. I've been around a long time. Obviously, in order to do this, we've had to put in some time."
"That's pretty cool, it's a lot of years and a lot of experience," Seager said. "You've got to be doing something right to win all those games."
After leading off the first with a triple, Great Lakes' Robbie Garvey attempted to steal home, resulting in a balk.
"I was in there, even without the balk," Garvey said. "He had a slow windup and as I walked down the line, he kept letting me go, so I just took off. I was a little upset that the umpire called the balk, but the important thing is that we got the run."
Ehlers (0-5) took the loss after giving up three runs and four hits in two innings. Arismendy Ozoria (2-4) recorded the win, despite allowing one run on two hits while striking out five in 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.