LAst Night's Action: Kemp's Blast Prevents Sweep in Milwaukee
LA Dodgers defeat Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. After losing the first two games of the series by one run (in walkoff fashion no less), it was inevitable the Dodgers would win this game since the Dodgers had never been swept by the Brewers. Thanks to a Matt Kemp's power, the Dodgers could rest a bit easier as they head to Houston.
Coming into the game Kemp had hit six homers all against the San Diego Padres. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that all six homers have been to straight away center field or to right centerfield at either Petco Park or Dodger Stadium.
Against former teammate Randy Wolf in the fifth inning, Kemp took a fastball to right center field for his seventh homer of the season putting him on pace of hitting 87 homers. All right, he's not going to hit 87 homers. He's not even going to go 50/50 considering he has only one stolen base so far. But 50 homers? That's a distinct possibility.
That game winning homer helped buoy Aaron Harang who gave up three runs in six innings pitched. Harang didn't break any strikeout records this time around fanning four batters, but he did enough to earn his first win as a Dodger.
Javy Guerra, after blowing Tuesday's game and needing a triple play to get out of Sunday's home game against San Diego, pitched an easy 1-2-3 inning for his sixth save of the season.
Despite losing the series, the Dodgers at 10-3 hold on to the best record in the National League. Only the Texas Rangers after their sweep of the Boston Red Sox have a better record in the Majors with 11-2. This means next to nothing since the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals lead the East divisions in both leagues.
Phoenix Suns defeat LA Clippers 93-90. The Clippers lose the season series against the Suns who were battling for a playoff spot. Chris Paul came alive in the fourth quarter ending with 19 points and 10 assists while Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. The Clippers fall to one game behind the Lakers. One point of concern for the Clippers is when Griffin gets fouled during the playoffs. Griffin is knocking down only 52% of his free throws.
Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 4-2. Before the game, the Angels and shortstop Erick Aybar made his four-year, $35 million contract extension and was given his Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony. During the game, Aybar made two errors while C.J. Wilson was tagged with the loss giving up four runs, three earned, in six innings off work despite giving up only two hits and three walks.
LA Dodgers at Houston Astros. 5:05 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.
Baltimore Orioles at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.
LA Lakers at San Antonio Spurs. 6:30 p.m. KCAL9, ESPN, AM 710 KSPN.