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August 13, 2011

Dodgers’ win on Kemp’s walk-off single

by @ 2:40 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — It took over nine-innings of baseball with zeros all across the outfield scoreboard, but the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to surpass the worst-team in baseball, the Houston Astros.

Matt Kemp, the NL MVP candidate, came through again in the tenth for a walk-off single to send the fans home happy.  It was Kemp’s fifth career walk-off.

Through nine-innings of baseball, both teams limited their opponent to just three-hits.  The ninth-inning though just about summarizes the season of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers Juan Rivera tripled to start the ninth-inning.  In order to apply the force-out effectively, Houston relief pitcher, Fernando Rodriguez, intentionally walked the next two batters following Rivera’s triple.

Most teams around the majors and minors would thrive in this position, but the Dodgers failed, leaving the bases loaded with three opportunities to bring in just one-run for the victory.

Tony Gwynn struck out while both Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles grounded-out to end regulation, sending this one into extras.

However, it did not take long as Casey Blake led-off the home half of the tenth with a double.  Andre Either was then intentionally walked to once again have the fore-out rule in effect with Kemp at bat.

With the count 0-2, Kemp hit flair into right-field that just stayed fair to allow Blake to come home for the game-winning run and a Dodgers 1-0 victory over the Astros.

David Carpenter suffered the loss for Houston while the Astros starter, Bud Norris, lasted seven-innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight in the effort.

Nate Eovaldi made his second career start for the Dodgers going six shutout innings while Josh Lindblom got the victory after pitching a perfect tenth.

One Response to “Dodgers’ win on Kemp’s walk-off single”

  1. MLB Says:

    G’Day! Ladodgersblog,
    I was wondering on a similar note,, Dodgers win again in with a walk off. A.J Ellis ( back up catcher ) hits a single scoring russel martin(catcher) from second.The dodgers had 4 walk off in this home seris including 3 straight vrs the d-backs. Anyway, when russel martin scored and everyone one celebrated with Ellis and Martin, Matt Kemp ( Center feild ) was the first to get to Ellis. This was not the first time it happen tooo. So my question is, Is matt kemp always the first one to get to the person who got the game winning hit.

    P.S: Im huge dodger fan incase you could not tell + Vote for ANDRE EITHER ( Right fielder ) MATT KEMP ( Center field ) MANNY ( Left field ) FOR ALL STAR GAME!
    I’ll be back to read more next time

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