Can we talk about Matt Kemp? In the first inning of Game 2, he should have been caught stealing when Dustin Mosely threw to second after Kemp took off running. But instead of getting into a rundown, Kemp smartly adjusted his slide (above) so Orlando Hudson tagged only dirt. Safe.
Then Kemp proceeded to steal third. In the fourth inning, Kemp gunned down Hudson trying to take second on a fly ball. At the plate, Kemp had three hits — two of them all-hustle infield singles. Oh, and he stole another base in the seventh, for a career-high three steals. If all this is Davey Lopes' doing, then give that man a raise.
Hiroki Kuroda delivered exactly what Doc Brown ordered, holding the Padres scoreless over 8 2/3 innings. He wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, allowing a total of six hits, and was at 117 pitches when Don Mattingly finally yanked him.
Other highlights: Tony Gwynnito, who went 2-for-5, had two stolen bases and played solid defense (in addition to knocking in the Game 1-winning RBI); Andre Ethier, who hit his first home run of the year; Jamey Carroll, who went 3-for-4 with more solid defense; James Loney, with a double-diving defensive dandy to end the eighth.
And what an odd ending: With the bases loaded, Cameron Maybin hit a nubber between second and third. Chase Headley collided with Casey Blake and was called out for interference. And just like that, Jonathan Broxton picked up his second save of the day (for five on the season).
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