The most important thing about Matt Kemp's beautiful two-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning tonight is that it (temporarily) put the Padres above his former team. The second most important thing is that it was the 200th home run of his career. It was also his very first homer against the Dodgers.
Down by one, Yangervis Solarte drew a leadoff walk. Jedd Gyorko then struck out to bring Kemp to the plate. He was patient with LA starter Mike Bolsinger, leaving the bat on his shoulder for the first three pitches. Down in the count 1-2, Kemp found the pitch he wanted when Bolsinger hung a curveball right in the middle of the strike zone. It was a no doubter right off the bat. The ball soared well over Joc Pederson's head and landed just right of the bullpens, a whopping 418 feet from home plate.
Congratulations, Matt! We're really looking forward to the next hundred.