Atta boy! Segedin homers, races to hospital for son's birth
LOS ANGELES (AP) Rob Segedin sprinted from the outfield to the dugout, got frenzied high-fives from teammates and flew down the stairs toward the clubhouse.
''I don't even know if he showered,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Innings after getting his second major league home run - off ace Madison Bumgarner, no less - Segedin left to meet his wife, Robin, at the hospital for the birth of their first child, missing the end of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Segedin was called in from the outfield for a double switch in the eighth inning.
''After we made that double switch, he made a bee line to the hospital,'' Roberts said. ''I'm not sure her current status, but she was getting close. He was moving pretty quickly.''
Rookies Segedin and Andrew Toles each homered, with Segedin taking Bumgarner deep in the second inning.
Segedin and Toles homered for the second straight game after getting their first big league homers in a 19-8 win over Cincinnati on Monday.
Segedin posted a photo on Instagram of him and his wife in the hospital Monday while he was holding the ball from his first home run.
The 27-year-old debuted in the majors earlier this month after playing 561 minor league games. He nearly retired last year when the Yankees demoted him from Triple-A to Double-A.
Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez combined for eight hits and four RBIs, and the banged-up Dodgers extended their NL West lead to two games on the same day they tied a major league record by placing their 27th player on the disabled list.
''It was a big team offensive effort,'' Gonzalez said. ''Everybody swung the bat great. Just had good at-bats up and down the lineup. It was a lot of fun for us.''
Bumgarner (12-8) is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Gonzalez hit a two-run single to center with the bases loaded against Bumgarner in the fifth to break a tie.
''I don't get concerned about that with Bum. There's nobody tougher than Bum,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''They just did a good job.''
Kenley Jansen allowed a homer to Denard Span but still got his 36th save.
Seager, an MVP and Rookie of the Year candidate, extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 3 for 4 with a walk and three runs scored. Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
The Dodgers and Giants still play eight more times this season, including the last three games of the regular season.
Bumgarner allowed five earned runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven, but the fifth inning was his demise. The Giants bullpen, which has struggled of late, allowed four runs.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (13-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings and issued a career-high four walks while striking out four. He threw 103 pitches and managed to work his way out of trouble, albeit with the help of his defense.
With two outs in the fifth, he intentionally walked Brandon Crawford, then struck out Hunter Pence. He yelled and punched his glove before handing off to the bullpen.
The Giants' Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a 41-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and is pleased with his progress.
''(We were) simulating at-bats, sequences and not just throwing pitch after pitch, having a thought behind it,'' he said. ''That's a good step. My arm feels good. I feel the ball is coming out OK. I think it's time to see some hitters and make sure I can still get guys out.''
Kershaw will play catch the next two days and then is expected to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session. He should make at least one rehab start before he rejoins the Dodgers.
Giants: Outfielder Gregor Blanco went on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. His shoulder has been bothering him since May.
Dodgers: LHPs Brett Anderson (blister on left index finger) and Scott Kazmir (neck, back) both went on the disabled list, pushing the team's season-long total to 27 players on the list. That ties the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the most in a season. ... Outfielder Andre Ethier (broken right tibia) is doing baseball activities like running and swinging a bat. He's expected to be activated in September.
Giants: The Giants purchased the contract of OF Gorkys Hernandez and added him to the 40-man roster.
Dodgers: RHP Josh Fields was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. LHP Luis Avilan and RHP Ross Stripling were recalled from Oklahoma City.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25) is scheduled to make his first start for Los Angeles on Wednesday after being acquired from Oakland in the deal that also gave them Josh Reddick on Aug. 1. Hill was on the disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger. The veteran last faced the Giants on Aug. 22, 2007 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (14-3, 2.90) will make his fourth start against the Dodgers this season. In the three previous games, Cueto has gone 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA. The Giants' All-Star right-hander earned his first win of the second half in his last start against the Mets on Friday.