Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 Monday, knocking in both San Diego Padres runs with a first-inning double in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies.
Rockies starter Jon gray settled down nicely after letting each of the first three batters get on, but the damage had already been done. Kemp continues to thrive despite being part of a toothless Padres lineup, as Wil Myers is the only San Diego regular whose OPS comes within 200 points of Kemp's .897 mark.
Preston Tucker hit his third home run, a solo shot off Jose Berrios, in Monday's loss to the Twins.
Tucker continues to be a one-tool player, showing plenty of power but little else. Seven of his Tucker's 11 hits have been extra-base hits, but he has a brutal 29.3 percent strikeout rate and has drawn three walks, leading to his poor overall batting line of .200/.241/.436.
Tim Duncan finished with just two points (1-8 FG) nine rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes during Monday's Game 2 loss to the Thunder.
Although he did lead the team with nine rebounds, Duncan was never able to make his presence felt offensively. The five-time champion connected on just one of his eight shots and failed to get to the free throw line for the first time this postseason. It's good to see him being active on the glass, but San Antonio will need him to be more aggressive on the offensive end if they hope to make another deep playoff run.
James Shields (1-4) finally notched his first win Monday, beating the Rockies 2-1 with six innings of one-run ball. He gave up nine hits while walking two and striking out five.
Shields had been the subject of some tough-luck losses early on, but Matt Kemp's two-run double in the opening frame was all he needed to secure his first victory. The veteran has given up exactly one run in each of his last two outings, and will have the luxury of once again pitching in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park for his next scheduled start Saturday against the Mets.
George Springer homered, his fifth, in a loss Monday against Houston.
The solo shot was Springer's only hit of the night, but it broke a streak of 11 games without a home run for the Houston right fielder, a stretch that saw Springer's OPS drop by 99 points. Thanks to the home run and a walk, Springer has his OPS back above .800 again (.269/.333/.471).
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