The Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins were scheduled to meet at Target Field on Tuesday for the first time in roughly three years. However, due to inclement weather, Tuesday’s game was postponed and is now one half of a doubleheader to be played Thursday.
When the Dodgers visited Target Field in June of 2011 for a three-game series, they took the first game in impressive fashion, before dropping the next two. The Dodgers put up 15 runs, eight of which were charged to Twins starter Nick Blackburn, as part of a 25-hit effort.
Matt Kemp in particular was locked in, finishing the game 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a home run and two RBIs. The Dodger center fielder batted cleanup in the lineup and gave the Dodgers an early lead on an RBI double in the first.
Kemp then collected a pair of singles in the third and sixth innings as his Dodger teammates continued to add to their lead. In what would be Kemp’s final at-bat in the game and with the Dodgers holding an 11-0 lead in the eight, the center fielder crushed a solo homer to center. It was also the second Dodger home run in the inning. Kemp tied Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Trent Oeltjen for the team-lead that evening with four hits.
With Kemp’s aid, the Dodgers scored in all but one inning and cruised to a 15-0 win, which was coupled with 6.0 shutout innings from Chad Billingsley. The win was also a refreshing distraction days after the team filed for bankruptcy protection.
Dodgers Pre-Game: Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp