Kemp hit two home runs Sunday night and Hanley Ramirez added two more for the Dodgers, who also got a strong outing from right-hander Zack Greinke in a 6-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants. Yasiel Puig did not play because of a swollen left thumb with a strained ligament, but the Dodgers were able to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of right-hander Matt Cain.
Kemp had not homered at Dodger Stadium since late in the 2012 season and has been struggling with injuries and surgeries most of the past two years. He finished second in NL MVP voting in 2011 to Ryan Braun after hitting 39 home runs, and that's the kind of player Kemp still can be, though he's still just getting back into the lineup. His first game was Friday.
Mary Hart may be the guest PA announcer at Dodger Stadium, but Matt Kemp is the entertainment tonight— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 7, 2014
Kemp's solo shot started the scoring in the second inning, but he especially was encouraged to hit his second home run to right-center field in the fourth.
From the Los Angeles Times:
"That's when I know when I'm seeing the ball good, when I'm driving the ball to right field," Kemp said. "That's my swing right there."
Ramirez also homered in the fourth, and later in the eighth against reliever David Huff, to cap the scoring.
Greinke allowed a pair of solo homers in the sixth but was otherwise terrific. He struck out eight over six innings.
Cain allowed three homers and three doubles in six innings.
“I made three really big mistakes to guys who can drive the ball well. That’s what ended up changing the game and that’s what ended up costing us,” Cain said. “I don’t want to nibble and I don’t want to go away from the strike zone. I’m going to try to attack guys. Obviously, you want to keep the ball in the park, but I’ve always been a guy that can elevate the ball. But sometimes when it’s elevated to certain guys and you leave in certain areas, it’s prone to go out.”
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