Matt Kemp’s Big Day in Return Leads to a Dodgers Sweep of the Nationals

For the first time all year the Los Angeles Dodgers had a lineup that included Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Hanley Ramirez. The results were overwhelmingly good as the three combined to go 8-for-13 and were responsible for knocking in seven of the nine runs as the Dodgers finished off the weekend sweep of the Washington Nationals 9-2.

Kemp was activated before the game from the disabled list and couldn’t wait to get back on the field. It has been a rough season for Kemp dealing with injuries which have caused a big drop in his numbers. On Sunday he had a big game that started in the top of the second with a leadoff homer which is just the fifth all year long.

The Dodgers sent 11 guys to the plate in the second inning that saw Crawford knock in a run that was followed by Ramirez unloading a three-run bomb to put them up 6-0. Two batters later Kemp would double in a run to finish the damage in the inning as Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann would only pitch the two innings an left losing 7-0. This was easily Zimmermann’s worst outing as it was the first game this year he has failed to go at least five innings.

With Clayton Kershaw on the mound getting seven runs early in a ballgame is somewhat of a rarity for the Dodgers. Kershaw only allowed two hits all game which unfortunately were both solo homers of the bat of Jayson Werth. The Dodgers ace struck out nine and didn’t walk a soul but did see his ERA balloon to 2.01 which is still the best in baseball.

Kemp would single in one more run in the fourth inning going 3-for-4 and falling just a triple shy of the cycle. However, another health scare for the Dodgers occurred when Kemp injured his ankle sliding into the catcher on a force play in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers said there was no need for x-rays and he will be evaluated by the team’s medical staff for a sprained ankle.

The Dodgers have now won 20 of the last 25 games and will look to keep it going on Monday night north of the border against the Toronto Blue Jays.

WP: Clayton Kershaw (9-6)

LP: Jordan Zimmermann (12-5)