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Matt Kemp’s mammoth homer in the rain at Dodger Stadium was a thing of beauty

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Javy Guerra's blown save prevented it from being the lead highlight, but we can't refrain from noting just how awesome Matt Kemp's solo home run was in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night.

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Seriously, that highlight had it all. A tape-measure shot. A fresh Dodgers lead. A driving rain. A Dodger Stadium crowd that momentarily forgot that it was soaked to roar Kemp around the basepaths while chanting "M-V-P."  Oh, and Vin Scully's voice narrating the entire scene.

Hit Tracker Online estimated the homer's distance at 454 feet, good enough for the sixth-longest trip this season and almost enough to reach the fans huddling for cover high in the bleachers. It was Kemp's 10th blast of the season, but only the first that he's pulled to left field all season (chart). With four games remaining in the month — including one in Colorado — Kemp still has an outside shot at tying or surpassing Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez's record of 14 home runs in April.

Given that this photo of Kemp doing charity work seems to best represent his assault on National League pitching this month, would you put it past him?

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