1. “Matt Kemp has done it again! To beat the champ you’ve got to knock out him! The Dodgers take three of four from Arizona”
There are multiple things that make this call the best call that Joe Davis has made with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
First is the situation. 2018 presented, easily, the toughest path for the Dodgers to get to the postseason since 2013. The team had a horrendously slow start, dealt with several key injuries, and it seemed like 2018 would be that one year that a contending team punts away and looks forward to the next year.
Not the Dodgers. Matt Kemp had an all-star resurgence and the perfect swan song for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Max Muncy came out of nowhere and became one of the best power-hitting infielders in the league.
And when the going got tough at the end of the season, the Dodgers proved why they were the five-time defending division champions. They won when it mattered most, which it showcased by Matt Kemp’s two-run walk-off against Archie Bradley.
Kemp owned Archie Bradley at the end of 2018. The night before Kemp’s walk-off double, he hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Bradley to lead the Dodgers to a 3-2 win.
Torey Lovullo opted to give Bradley a shot at redemption and Kemp served him a dish of humble pie. The outspoken reliever was pinned with the loss for the second day in a row, because of Kemp, in the last month of the season when every game mattered most.
The NL West race ended up boiling down to the Colorado Rockies and Dodgers, as after this walk-off, the Diamondbacks finished the year 8-17.
As Davis perfectly stated: to beat the champs you have to knock them out. Matt Kemp and the Dodgers knocked out the Diamondbacks in what was the last great memory for an all-time Dodger great in Matt Kemp.