The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Sunday’s game with the St. Louis Cardinals looking to avoid being swept and figured to be in good position with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound.
Although Kershaw suffered a loss the last time he was on the mound at Busch Stadium — Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS — he was in the midst of an 8-0 stretch. Kershaw pitched well but also made mistakes.
One of which allowed the Cardinals to tie the game in the sixth inning on a Peter Bourjos two-run home run. Two batters after Bourjos’ home run, Jhonny Peralta hit a sinking liner to left field that Matt Kemp was unable to catch and also bobbled.
Matt Adams followed Peralta’s at-bat and hit a blooper into shallow left field that Kemp made a diving catch on that included a somersault. Kershaw then struck out Allen Craig to end the inning and the game remained tied.
The play was arguably one of Kemp’s best on the season and comes during a time where he’s faced scrutiny over recent comments that he’s open to being traded and would like to play in center field.
Kemp also contributed with the bat in Sunday’s 4-3 win by going 2-for-5 with one RBI.
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