World Series champion San Francisco Giants were finally robbed of their six-game winning streak by the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp whose two-run homer helped fuel his team to a 4-2 victory over the Giants on Monday night at Petco Park, San Diego.
It was 40-year old major league pitcher Tim Hudson on the pitching mound off whose ball Kemp made a 409-foot drive in the third inning giving his team a 2-1 lead. This was Kemp’s fourth homer in seven games (overall 10th homer) and upped his career RBIs to 700. Kemp sent the ball flying into the play area beyond the right-center fence.
Commenting on Kemp’s strong play, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said, “He’s the best player on the field. There are some great ones on the field, but the last three or four games, with all the great players that are on the field, he’s the best player on the field.”
Thought the Giants had a good start with Gregor Blanco’s solo homer in the third inning, and tried to level the score with catcher Buster Posey’s two-out single in the fifth inning, it was over for them. By the fifth inning the Padres were already 3-2 and things were looking bleak for the San Francisco boys.
Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy did his share by sending the first two batters back and pitching six smashing innings to help shuffle the Giants towards the losing side, though he too gave credit to Kemp for his homer saying, “It was nice to have Matty come pick me up in that big situation, a big homer, grown-man territory out there in right-center. It seems like he’s not missing those pitches he was missing in June or whatever it was. It’s nice to get him on a roll because this is like the Matt Kemp that we used to play against and we saw in the first month.”
Hudson who was out due to a shoulder disability had been brought into the game late to turn things around but ended up pitching a homer to Kemp. Later, Hudson said, “The fastball to Kemp was a fastball-sinker I was trying to get away from him and it came back more middle. He put a good swing on it to give them the lead.”