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Quakes' Seager shakes out of slump08/19/2013 1:25 AM ET
By Brandon Simes / MiLB.com
One game -- one inning of one game yet -- might be enough to get Corey Seager back on track after he experienced his first struggles as a pro.
The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect shook himself out of a slump by homering and driving in four runs in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's 12-5 rout of Lake Elsinore on Sunday at LoanMart Field.
"It was nice to see him hit that home run to deep center field and get that base hit with two strikes on him," Quakes manager Carlos Subero said. "You could see his timing was better tonight. It's nice to see the fruits of his labor. Hopefully, it will be a starting point for him."
Seager was 0-for-2 on the day and hitting .167 in 47 at-bats for Rancho Cucamonga since his promotion from the Class A Midwest League before his game took a dramatic turn. MLB.com's No. 51 prospect hit a two-run homer and then smacked a two-RBI single as the Quakes batted around in a nine-run eighth inning.
"I've seen players do that, even two home runs in one inning, but it's not something typical or something that happens every two weeks," Subero said.
Struggling has been a new experience for Seager. The 19-year-old posted a .918 OPS with 12 homers and nine steals in 74 games for Great Lakes and had a .903 OPS with eight roundtrippers and eight thefts in 46 games in the Rookie-level Pioneer League last season.
"Every league's a little faster. There are natural adjustments to be made, and we don't have any doubt he'll make them," Subero said. "It's just a matter of time. Hopefully, there are enough games left to make the necessary adjustments at this level."
The 2012 first-round pick has maintained his plate discipline despite the slow start for Rancho Cucamonga, walking nine times while striking out 13 times in his first 14 games. He's also shown other glimpses of getting back on track.
"This week, he had a big two-run homer in the eighth to tie the ballgame off a lefty [Aug. 14 against High Desert], also with two strikes, but [there's been] nothing like this when he has four RBIs. I think he's coming along well, coming slowly, but it shouldn't be a problem with the type of hitter he is," Subero said.
Freddie Cabrera (3-3) allowed two runs on seven hits and fanned four in five innings to pick up the win.
Darnell Sweeney tripled, walked and drove in four runs. The infielder has seven hits in his last four games.