Matt Kemp hits for the cycle, the first time ever for a player in a Padres uniform
Matt Kemp struggled for much of the first half of the season with his new team, but the second half has been a different story. Owning a slash line of .305/.370/.537 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 108 plate appearances since the All-Star break, Kemp is getting hot at the right time for San Diego and he topped that off by hitting for the cycle last night against the Rockies.
He hit a two-run home run in the first inning, singled to lead off the third, hit an RBI double in the seventh, and hit an RBI triple in the ninth. It’s the first cycle in Padres history, which is surprising when you have the likes of Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield and a juiced Ken Caminiti as former players of the franchise.
Including Kemp, there have been four players to hit for the cycle in 2015, Brock Holt, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo, but the former-Dodger is the first National League player to reach the feat since Michael Cuddyer did last August.
The Padres currently sit at 55-61, good for fourth in the AL West, ten games behind the division-leading LA Dodgers. If they have any hope of a postseason berth, a climb up the AL West standing are there only hope as they are 12.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
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