The Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Chavez Ravine Friday after losing the last two games on their seven-game road trip. They began the trip 4-1 and their play had manager Don Mattingly in an optimistic mood.
Playing a key role in the early success on the road trip was Matt Kemp. Now the Dodgers left fielder, Kemp hit two triples against the Colorado Rockies and was beginning to put together better at-bats. His improvement led to Mattingly saying he still believed in the embattled outfielder.
Kemp reaffirmed his manager’s belief in the Dodgers first game of the weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Following an Adrian Gonzalez walk to leadoff the second inning, Kemp hit a 2-1 pitch into the left-center field pavilion to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
The home run was No. 163 in Kemp’s career, which moved him into a tie with Raul Mondesi for 10th place on the Dodgers’ all-time home run list.
Dodgers Pregame: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw And Yasiel Puig