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Matt Kemp shows vital signs, homers twice as Dodgers beat the Giants

Apr 6, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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Entering Sunday night’s nationally broadcast game against the Giants, Matt Kemp last homered on September 24, also against the Giants. Before that? July 21 against the Nationals, the fateful day he injured his ankle on a play at home plate. Kemp, playing in just his third game of the 2014 season, only needed his first two at-bats against Giants starter Matt Cain to notch his first two dingers of the season.

In the second inning, Kemp blasted a 1-0 fastball to left center for a solo shot, putting the Dodgers up 1-0. In the fourth, Kemp drove an 0-1 fastball to right center for a two-run bomb, increasing the Dodgers’ lead to 4-0. He finished 2-for-3 on the night and the Dodgers held on for a 6-2 victory.

One game does not a comeback make, however. Nobody doubts Kemp’s ability to be productive with the bat and in the outfield; they do, however, question his ability to stay healthy over an entire season, a feat he hasn’t accomplished since losing the NL MVP race to Ryan Braun in 2011.

  1. notsofast10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    2 Bombs for the day and we get to read an almost positive article about Matt Kemp, almost, but not really!

    • Professor Fate - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Along with no mention of Hanley Ramirez’s two blasts.

  2. tentennies - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Prior to getting hurt, the offense was only Kemp. The last two years we have added a few bats and if we can give this guy every 7th day off, he’ll be fine, and we’ll be fine!

    Go Blue!

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