Matt Kemp has had a long off-season while recovering from ankle surgery and his anticipated debut on Friday momentarily lost some steam as Kemp was activated from the disabled list, but was not in the lineup. With Yasiel Puig’s much-discussed late arrival to Dodger Stadium and subsequent scratch from the lineup, Kemp wound up starting in center field and hitting second.
Showing some signs of rust, Kemp was 1-of-4 in his debut with an RBI double and followed that up on Saturday with an 0-for-4 day. Kemp was back in the lineup on Sunday, starting in his familiar center field but batting sixth. After San Francisco Giants starter retired Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier in the bottom of the second, Kemp stepped in and gave the Dodgers their first lead of the series.
Cain left a pitch out over the middle of the plate, which Kemp got all of for his first home run of the season and first at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 30, 2012. Then in the fourth inning, Kemp came up to bat with two outs and Adrian Gonzalez standing on second. On another high pitch from Cain, Kemp showed his power, hitting a two-run home run to right center.
With the two home runs, it gave Kemp his sixth multi home run game and his first against the Giants.
Dodgers update: Matt Kemp is ready to be activated off the DL