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Still red hot, Matt Kemp goes 3-for-4, hits sixth homer

Apr 15, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

Matt Kemp AP

The Dodgers have been a two-man offense so far, but when those two are as hot as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are, that’s plenty good enough.

Kemp went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Sunday as part of a 5-4 win over the Padres, moving the Dodgers to 9-1 on the season.

Kemp is batting .487 this season and has driven in 16 runs in the Dodgers’ 10 games. Ethier has 15 RBI. No one else in either league has more than 12 RBI. Combined, those two have knocked in 31 of the Dodgers’ 50 runs.

Kemp should have been the NL MVP last year, yet he’s already way ahead of his 2011 pace. After 10 games last season, he was hitting .441, but he had just one homer and five RBI.

  1. astrosfan75956 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    All 6 of his homers this season have been against the Friars.

  2. saclay - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Sure should hv been MVP last year
    Braun’s votes should hv been split w fielder

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Get the hell over it and join the rest of us in 2012.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        I would take this a lot more seriously if your name weren’t “brewcrewfan54”

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Last years MVP doesn’t mean crap anymore whether it was a guy from a team I cheer for or anyone else. It already happened, why waste time still complaining about it?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM

        Why waste time talking about any past MVPs then? It’s in the past. When Ryan Braun is up for the hall of fame let’s not mention he was an MVP. It’s already happened to clearly it’s not worth talking about.

        Hell why even give out MVPs? The seasons over by the time they give them out. We should just get over it.

  3. jimbo1949 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    not a word about the triple play?

    • fearlessleader - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      That needs quotation marks and an asterisk….

    • normcash - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Incredibly blown call—and all 3 base umpires had their heads up their asses too…
      disgraceful! I’m not sure Vin Scully figured out what happened either…

      • Jeff M. - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        So, your argument is that four different umpires independently came to the same conclusion, but they’re all wrong? I see.

      • fearlessleader - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        The umpires may not have felt they had sufficient grounds to overturn the call, but unless they’re blind, they surely agreed that the home-plate ump’s body language was, at a minimum, deeply confusing. I have no particular bias in this match-up, but I watched the replay enough times to know that the players must all have been wondering what the hell was going on. The difference was that the Dodgers were smart enough to keep playing and the Padres weren’t, so, you know, good for them—but let’s not pretend this was some sort of slick fielding gem, okay?

      • davidpom50 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        I read on another blog, not sure it’s accurate or not, that a ball’s not foul till the ump vocally calls it foul (his arm movements don’t matter), which Dale Scott never did. It also looks, in retrospect, like the flapping arms could’ve been simply to keep his balance as hitter, catcher, and umpire all bailed away from the plate.

        But let’s be honest, I’m a Dodger fan, and everything I just said is bullshit after-the-fact rationalization. I was as confused as anybody, and would’ve been perfectly fine with the call going the other way.

      • lanflfan - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        I thought Vin did do a very good job of explaining after looking at several replays.

        A foul ball can roll back fair, and be considered in play, as long as it continues to roll on its own motion (hence why infielders pick up foul balls right away, lest they roll back fair again, and why blowing on a ball is not allowed). The ball clearly hit the bat, but I’d be disoriented too after a fastball buzzed that close to my head. The fault falls on the runners, who should have continued to run out the play. If they run, the only out is the batter, which was the point of the sac bunt anyway.

        The home plate did initially have his arms up like a foul ball, but then changed to fair ball when the ball squirted into fair territory. Perhaps that could have been clearer (that may well be the proper signal), but I go back to players not being the umpire, continue until clearly told to stop and return.

        It’s a teachable moment for all: continue running the play until the ref, umpire, whistle, whatever forces you to stop.

  4. icanspeel - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Too bad Kemp won’t get to play against the Padres again until May, but Kemp aside.. The Padres remind me of the Bad News Bears minus a happy ending and that triple play signifies their season so far. Btw didn’t the umpire lift his arms indicating foul at first? Might make sense why no one was running…

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      He lifted his arms to avoid the catcher and the ball. Never called it foul. Padres need to run out plays.

      • micker716 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        I don’t know what you were watching, but the pitch was high and inside, nowhere near the umpire. He screwed up. He lifted both his arms signaling a foul ball (the ball did appear to be fair). That’s what the baserunners saw. Why would they run?

  5. rastaraider - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM


    • jimbo1949 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      yep, some people are like hemorrhoids

  6. Ben - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Matt Kemp > Rihanna

    • Jeff M. - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      That’s true, I hear she’s a terrible center fielder.

  7. eastcoastblows - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    He’s doing Rihanna

  8. btwicey - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Not since bonds has someone been this animalistic at the plate. #beastmode.

  9. eastcoastblows - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    He’s getting animalistic with Rihanna

  10. rangerroo13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    They have all come against SD, but also in two of the worst hitters parks in the league. Once he’s in PHI or CIN or AZ he’ll rake big time.

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