Like several other Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Kemp struggled at the plate Monday night as the team fell in extra innings and failed to inch closer to clinching the National League West title.
Kemp was given another opportunity Tuesday, which also happened to be his 30th birthday. The right fielder’s first at-bat came a few minutes after both benches cleared when Yasiel Puig took exception to Madison Bumgarner yelling in his direction as Puig sat on the ground after being hit by a pitch.
Kemp rushed from the dugout to help separate Puig from the pack and once the dust settled, let his bat make a statement. Already haven given up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, Bumgarner left a 2-0 pitch out over the plate that Kemp hit to center field for a two-run home run.
The home run was Kemp’s 24th of the season and the second time in his career he’s gone yard on his birthday.