Difference-maker: Corey Seager has a breakthrough

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was too good a hitter to continue hitting the way he had in the postseason before to Game 3 of the NLCS.

Seager was 10-for-67 in his past 16 games dating to the end of the regular season, but he might have had the breakthrough the Dodgers have been waiting for with three hits Tuesday night.

That's as many hits as he had in last year's NLDS against the Mets and in this year’s NLDS against the Nationals. It's the first time he has had more than one hit in the dozen playoff games in which he has played.

At age 22, he's the second-youngest Dodgers player to have at least three hits in a playoff game, bettered only by James Loney, who was 22 days younger when he had three hits in a game against the Mets in the 2006 NLDS.

Seager got his first postseason hits outside of the first inning this postseason (he entered the game 0-for-23) and his first career postseason hit with a runner in scoring position (he was 0-for-15).

He got hits against three different pitch types -- fastball, curveball and slider -- and covered the entire width of the plate with his hits.

The only thing Seager didn't do was hit a home run. His teammates took care of that as Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal each went deep. The Dodgers have now homered in all eight games this postseason. They're one of five teams to homer in eight straight games in a postseason, but the first since the 2004 Astros homered in 12 straight.