At first, Matt Kemp thought he had hit his second home run of the game. This was Coors Field, after all. Then, as he moved toward first, he saw that he hadn't gotten quite enough of the ball. Then he watched it glance off the fence in right-center and hop away from Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon. Then he was charging past second base. Then he was sliding into third. Safe on a one-out triple in the top of the ninth, Kemp popped up and smiled. Third-base coach Glenn Hoffman patted him on the back. "Hoffy says, That’s the first one," Kemp recalled afterward. "I said, Yeah, that is my first one. He said, No, that’s the first one for the Padres. And I was, like, Wow. It’s hard to believe, all those great hitters that have been here, like Tony Gwynn and all those guys, haven’t been able to get a hit for a cycle. I’m just glad to be able to do it." So it was that in Friday's 9-5 victory over the Rockies, in the Padres' 7,444th all-time game, a player who'd been with the franchise less than a full season completed the first cycle in its 47-year history. That he finished it in the most difficult way imaginable only added to the shock and awe. The Padres, a club that had entered the day as the only one with neither a cycle nor a no-hitter, at long last had checked a gaping hole off their list. With one swing, the Miami Marlins became the only major league franchise without a cycle. "Anytime you make history, it’s special," said Kemp, who launched a two-run homer in the first, singled in the third and doubled with two outs in the seventh before connecting with a 1-0 slider from Justin Miller in the final frame. Kemp finished 4-for-5 and drove in four runs for his second time in a Padres uniform. He homered for the second time in as many games, extended his hitting streak to seven games, raised his average to .262,his highest since May. The last knock scored Yangervis Solarte from first, supplying the final margin, though, of course, all eyes had tracked Kemp's progress around the bases. Standing by third, Hoffman had feared Kemp might be thrown out, so he "was waving him down no matter what." The relay throw never came. Kemp was safe by a mile.
Matt Kemp hits for first cycle in Padres history
San Diego Union-Tribune | Aug 15