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Matt Kemp Runs the Dodgers

On Sunday, Matt Kemp had one heck of a game for the Dodgers.

Batting seventh (seventh!!) in the lineup in front of only catcher Brad Ausmus, the outfielder somehow scored all four of his team's runs, a total which was still more than the Astros scored in response.

The feat wasn't just good for a win, it was good for a note of true statistical aberration.

According to Bob Timmerman, a presidential historian who happens to follow baseball statistics (which he shares with the L.A. Times), Kemp became just the second player since 1968 to score four runs for his team when no teammate scored.

Amazingly, Kemp's feat was also consistent with another interesting fact about these one-man offensive outbursts: Each time a single player has accounted for four runs without any support, his team has won.

And if L.A. needed one more little bump from the performance, there's this: The last man to do it was Cincinnati's Eric Davis, in 1990. In case you forgot, that team happened to go on and win the World Series.

If you're superstitious and a Dodgers fan, start getting happy. If you aren't, just sit back and marvel at how, exactly, Kemp scored four times with Ausmus and a pitcher batting behind him.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 21, 2009; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  Dodgers  | Tags: Dodgers, Matt Kemp, statistics  
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