The Dodgers are hoping they can give Kemp more than just one at-bat as they try to snap a three-game skid and deny the Colorado Rockies their fourth straight win Saturday night.
Kemp finished a single shy of the cycle during Thursday’s opener of a four-game set but also tweaked his hamstring during a seventh-inning double.
That kept one of the NL’s top hitters out of the lineup Friday and put his major league-best streak of 268 consecutive games played in jeopardy. Kemp, though, added to that run as he made the most of a pinch-hit appearance and nearly helped the Dodgers complete a stunning rally.
He hit his NL-best 19th homer and sixth during a 10-game trip that ends Sunday. Los Angeles (29-36) had the tying run on base before falling 6-5.
Kemp, batting .517 (15 for 29) with 14 RBIs in the past eight games, hopes he’s healthy enough to play again Saturday.
“I’m trying to play every game of my career,” he said. “I never want to sit out a game.”
Hammel, though, enters this game winless in his last seven starts and a 7-1 defeat to Los Angeles on May 30 was his fourth loss over that span.
He allowed a career high-tying seven runs and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings of that game, and has a 9.88 ERA in his last three matchups with Los Angeles. The right-hander heads into this start after giving up one run and two hits through seven innings in a 2-1 loss at San Francisco on Sunday
“I felt great,” Hammel said. “Sometimes you’re only going to get one run and sometimes you have to make that stand up.”
If Hammel can deliver another strong outing, the Rockies (31-32) might have a chance for their longest win streak since a season-high, seven-game run April 9-15. They’re also looking to get back to .500 for the first time since May 25.
The left-hander is 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rockies and earned one of those wins May 31.
Lilly allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings in that game while striking out a season-high eight. He has a 2.37 ERA over his last three starts but took the loss in a 3-1 defeat in Philadelphia on Monday.
The Rockies shortstop is 11 for 29 (.379) with 10 RBIs in the last seven games and batting .469 with eight RBIs in his last eight against Los Angeles. Tulowitzki, though, is 3 for 19 (.158) with seven strikeouts in his career versus Lilly.
Since being traded from Chicago on July 31, Lilly has not walked more than two batters in 25 starts with the Dodgers, the longest active streak in the majors.