Heading into play Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win Saturday guaranteed they would remain in first place of the National League West regardless of the outcome in the finale of the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
That being said, the Dodgers stood a strong opportunity they’d add to their division lead considering Clayton Kershaw was taking the mound. The Dodger ace fought control issues throughout various points of the game and was aided by a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Kershaw allowed the Giants to cut the Dodgers’ lead in half in the third, but he followed it with two scoreless innings to keep the Dodgers ahead 2-1. While the Dodgers were in the lead, Yusmeiro Petit had managed to get himself out of trouble on multiple occasions.
However, some of his luck ran out in the sixth inning. Adrian Gonzalez hit a ball to center that Angel Pagan likely would have caught had he not taken a poor route. It resulted in a one-out double for Gonzalez and created an RBI situation for Matt Kemp.
Kemp had a big game Saturday night, but was 0-for-2 when he stepped in the batter’s box for his third at-bat. Kemp was given the green light on a 2-0 pitch and it paid off as he hit a two-run home run that wound up proving to be the difference in the Dodgers’ 4-2 win.
Since the All-Star break, Kemp is hitting 307/.374/.587, with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs.