Dodgers Lose To Giants, But Matt Kemp Joins 35/35 Club

Matt Kemp is one of 14 players in MLB history to have 35 home runs and 35 stolen bases in the same season.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Matt Kemp Joins 35/35 Club In 8-5 Loss

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants 8-5 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, in a game devoid of the pitch-by-pitch excitement of the Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum duel of the night before. However, Matt Kemp did provide the home crowd with a delight, furthering his own case for National League MVP.

Kemp hit a long home run into the pavilion in left center field in the fifth inning, a three-run shot off Ryan Vogelsong. It was the 35th home run on the year for Kemp, making him the 14th player in MLB history to have 35 home runs and 35 stolen bases in the same season.

Kemp now has a National League-leading 116 RBI on the season, the sixth highest RBI total in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

Dana Eveland took the loss, allowing five runs in four innings in his fourth start as a Dodger. The Giants were up 5-0 early, then saw Kemp cut their lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning. But San Francisco tacked on one run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.

A pair of Dodgers rookies extended their hitting streaks on Wednesday. Jerry Sands singled in the eighth inning, pushing his hitting streak to nine games, and he has 17 hits in his last 34 at-bats. Dee Gordon's streak is now at eight games, thanks to two singles, a stolen base, and a run scored tonight for the shortstop.

Hiroki Kuroda starts on Thursday for the Dodgers in their final home game of the season. Madison Bumgarner starts for San Francisco.

For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Matt Kemp, Roy Campanella Award, Triple Crown, & Starting Lineups

Matt Kemp will be presented with the 2011 Roy Campanella Award, given annually to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Dodgers catcher, before Wednesday night's game with the San Francisco Giants. Over at True Blue LA, Kemp's chances for the National League triple crown were analyzed, and the center fielder is closer to accomplishing the feat than many realize.

Kemp currently leads the National League in runs and RBI, is second in home runs (two behind the leader, Albert Pujols), and third in batting average (.009 behind Jose Reyes). Kemp also leads the NL with 320 total bases, a category no Dodger has led since Duke Snider in 1954.

Kemp is in his usual third spot in the batting order on Wednesday. Here are the starting lineups:

Giants (83-71)

Christian CF
Keppinger 2B
Beltran RF
Pill 1B
Belt LF
DeRosa 3B
Fontenot SS
Stewart C
Vogelsong P

Dodgers (77-76)

Gordon SS
Carroll 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Miles 3B
Sands RF
Ellis C
Eveland P

The elimination number for the Giants in the NL West is two, meaning the Dodgers can eliminate their rivals from the division with wins on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Eveland, Vogelsong Battle For Second Time In 12 Days

The Dodgers and Giants have split 16 meetings this season.

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