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Jim Tracy gives Matt Kemp the Barry Bonds treatment

May 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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And it backfired.

Matt Kemp, the NL player of the month for April, hadn’t been intentionally walked all season before Colorado manager Jim Tracy gave him two free passes today. It was the second of those that was truly surprising, though: Kemp was put on as the tying run with a man on first and two outs in the ninth.

The Rockies were leading 5-3 when Rafael Betancourt walked Kemp, bringing up Dee Gordon. The move was made even though Kemp had just a lone single in 10 career at-bats against Betancourt. Gordon went on to hit a game-tying double, with Kemp scoring all of the way from first. The Rockies should have had a play at the plate on Kemp, but Troy Tulowitzki rushed the relay and threw the ball well up the first base line. A good throw likely would have had Kemp by several feet.

Fortunately the Rockies were able to preserve the tie from there: after an intentional walk to Andre Ethier, Jerry Hairston Jr. made a bid for a three-run homer, only to have the ball go foul. He ended up striking out. The Rockies then picked up their manager, as Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    “JIm Tracy gives Matt Kemp the Barry Bonds treatment” ????
    What, did he serve him ” The clear” and watch his head grow 2 hat sizes?

  2. stercuilus65 - May 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I always thought Jim Tracy was a smart man and this shows it.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    All joking aside, amazing Kemp has not been intentionally walked all season considering the way he is hitting and how about that Giambino! Sweet!

  4. marshmallowsnake - May 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    He is just mad that the Dodgers let him go.

  5. ezthinking - May 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Only thing that backfired was Tulo throwing a two hopper up the first baseline when even a decent throw would have nailed Kemp.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Dee Gordon = Lineup Protection

    • The Dangerous Mabry - May 3, 2012 at 2:16 AM

      I’m fairly certain that Dee Gordon is not a myth.

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