The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning of Saturday’s game and for a brief moment, it appeared Zack Greinke was quickly going to give some of it back.
Pitching with a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Greinke gave up a leadoff double to Angel Pagan. After Greinke recorded an out, he then allowed a single to Buster Posey. Matt Kemp came charging Posey’s base hit and threw home with plenty of time to nail Pagan on his attempt to score.
When asked about his strike to home plate, Kemp said he was surprised Pagan was waved home, according to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com:
I was surprised [Pagan was sent home] because the ball was hit pretty hard by Posey,” Kemp said. “I had to make a good throw, put it on target. We were only up four-nothing. Maybe if I don’t throw him out, they get some momentum.”
Posey didn’t advance past first base and the San Francisco Giants failed to score a run in the Dodgers’ lopsided win. Along with recording his fifth assist of the season, Kemp had an impact with the bat.
His two-out double in the first inning scored Yasiel Puig and led to three more hits and an additional three runs in the inning. Kemp hit another RBI double in the second inning and drove in a run on an infield single in the third. This all came one night after Kemp had his 16-game hitting streak snapped.
Kemp was removed from the game after striking out in the fifth inning. During the at-bat, he fouled a pitch off his foot, though the decision to sit him down was for precautionary reasons.
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