Were you just a tad concerned phenom Corey Seager was off to a relatively slow start after his promotion to triple-A on May 1?
It seems you can relax. He is, remember, just barely 21 years old and still doing the blossom-before-our-eyes routine. Only Thursday it was more like an explosion.
All he did for Oklahoma City was go six for six, with six RBIs.
This capped a 14-11 victory for the triple-A Dodgers against the Salt Lake City Bees, and finished off what you might consider a pretty good series for the young shortstop. In the four games against Salt Lake City, he went 13 for 18 with three home runs, 10 RBI, four doubles and six runs.
A guy who was hitting only .238 without a homer when the series began is now batting .324. He had two doubles and a homer Thursday.
The pitcher who earned the win Thursday was none other than Ian Thomas -- one of the pitchers the Dodgers received in the Juan Uribe trade the previous day -- despite allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Bees’ pitcher the Dodgers chased early was Andrew Heaney, the left-hander who was a Dodger for a couple of seconds in the off-season before being traded to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. Heaney was 5-0 with a 3.02 earned-run average before Thursday, but he gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Thursday also marked what is expected to be the final rehab appearance of catcher Yasmani Grandal (concussion). He went two for four with a double and scored three times. He was used as a designated hitter for his three games, going three for 10 with five walks. He can be activated Saturday.