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April 28, 2012



 mattkemp312.jpg  Dodgers Matt Kemp after dramatic home run.


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   bryceharper197.jpg  Bryce Harper


















The Dodgers capped off a thrilling win by defeating the Washington Nationals 5-4 in 10 innings on a walk off home run by Matt Kemp.


Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley and Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg duel for seven innings, Strasburg, armed with a 100-mph fastball, appeared at Dodger Stadium for the first time and pitched up to his reputation. He and Dodgers counterpart Chad Billingsley each held their opponents to a run over seven innings.


But Kemp's home run spoiled the major league debut by baseball's top prospect, 19-year old Bryce Harper, who was unexpectedly called up to the big leagues yesterday.
Ironically, Harper's debut came on a night when the Nationals' other number one overall draft pick, pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, pitched. Strasburg hurled seven innings, allowing just five hits and one run, while striking out nine.


Harper grounded out to third in his first at bat and flied to left in his second at bat. But he doubled over Kemp's head in the seventh and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly.
But the Nationals could muster just a single run off Dodgers' starter Chad Billingsley, who allowed five hits and a run.


However, Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old outfielder, collected his first hit in his major league debut with the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. He drove in his first run on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly that ended a tie and appearing to be the hero. The Nationals added an insurance run on an RBI single by catcher Wilson Ramos, taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The 54,242 mostly Dodger fans began to leave early feeling all hope of winning was lost as Dodger closer Javy Guerra was struggling.


But veteran reliever Henry Rodriguez for the Nats, filling in for injured closer Brad Lidge, tossed three wild pitches and surrendered a pair of runs one being Dodger Juan Uribe, which sent the game into extra innings.


Jamey Wright pitched a perfect inning for the Dodgers in the top of the tenth, gave the Dodgers a fighting chance.


But this game belonged to Matt Kemp, has the Dodger fans all who were left were on their feet and cheering "M-V-P! M-V-P!"and on cue drove a fastball by Tom Gorzelanny high over the center-field wall in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Nationals. The All-Star center fielder follows a wild ninth inning with a solo home run, a club-record 11th in April, but for in 2012, he has gotten off to an unbelievable start, batting .442 with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs in just 21 games. He is the biggest reason why the Dodgers are 15-6, good for the best record in the National League breaking the tie with the Nationals.


After touching the plate, Kemp ran to the backstop and reached through to net for his mother's hand.


On this Dual Bobblehead  promotion night for Dodgers, legends Don Drysdale/Maury Wills on Dodger fan became a bobblehead by running onto the field who was promptly chased and ran down by security and escorted off the field which delayed the game for about 5 minutes which thankfully to the Dodgers loyal fans who stayed the incident didn’t hurt the Dodgers momentum from winning the game. 









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