Seager continues to produce in the clutch

Seager continues to produce in the clutch

SEATTLE -- With the bases loaded, two outs and the Mariners needing an insurance run late in Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Kyle Seager dribbled a check-swing infield single down the third-base line.

If there are two outs, it seems as if Seager always finds a way to get runners home. Entering Thursday's game against the Royals, he was tied with Andre Ethier for most two-out RBIs in the Major Leagues, with 34.

It's not just with two outs, though. Put runners in scoring position and it is likely Seager will find a way to get on base. The third baseman entered Thursday hitting .667 (6-for-9) with 14 RBIs with the bases loaded and .348 (31-for-89) with runners in scoring position this season.

The latest example came with the bases loaded in the first inning on Wednesday. Seager fell behind 0-2, worked the count full and forced in a run with a walk on the 10th pitch of the at-bat for his team-leading 60th RBI.

"Some guys thrive in those situations, and he's one of them," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Whether it be just RBI situations or clutch situations, two-out situations or whatever it may be. Half the battle is wanting to be there and I definitely feel that from him. Then it's just about production -- he's been great with that this year.

"I just think when you're in those clutch situations, you usually go one way or the other way, he goes the right way. That's why he's been able to step up so many times."