Here’s a thing I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before: one player taking two bases on an infield grounder more than once in a single game. I don’t know how to look that sort of thing up; I don’t know if it can be looked up, and either way, it’s sort of like an RBI or a triple play, in that it’s not just about the player, it’s about being in fortunate enough circumstances to even do it. (Obviously, the ball has to be placed just so.) But really, the one indisputable fact is that it can’t be done without a hell of a lot of hustle, and that’s exactly what Matt Kemp showed tonight, along with a bit of jump in his legs that we haven’t seen in a while.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kemp advanced from first to third, on a Juan Uribe infield single to second. That was fun, but he was stranded there by A.J. Ellis, so this, in a 1-1 game in the eighth inning, was better:
(That this was even considered “an infield hit,” and not just “a single to center,” is almost entirely due to