Matt Kemp crushed a long home run to center field in the bottom of the seventh innings of the 6-1 win on Friday over the Rockies, making him just the second Dodger to arrive 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases, and the quickest to do so.
Kemp links Raul Mondesi, who accomplished the feat in 1997 and ’99. He performed so on a 3-1 pitch off lefty reliever Matt Reynolds.
As Dodger Stadium followers chanted “MVP”, Kemp got three pitches and fouled one off before he crushed the fastball 427 feet to directly center field.
Kemp said, “I’ve always thought I could do it. I can run. I can put a little bit of power in it. I just had to put it all together at the same time. It’s pretty special.”
Kemp is striking .323 with 98 RBIs to go together with his 30 homers and 33 steals. He is in the peak four in the league in the entire three categories.
Kemp said after the game, “I’m just happy I got to do it here in L.A. The fans have always supported me. We still got a long way to go.”
No Dodger has ever reached the 40-40 club, and when Kemp was inquired concerning the mark, he replied, “Maybe one day.”
Manager Don Mattingly admired Kemp both before and after the game, particularly noting how much leadership role of Kemp has destined to the team.
Mattingly said, “It’s been a tremendous season for him in all areas of his game — leadership and the whole thing. It’s been a joy really to have Matt playing this way, and his leadership in the dugout. The presence he brings, but not only that, this guy gets ready to play every day and plays hard every day.”
In 2009 the last Major Leaguer to arrive the 30-30 club was Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.