This Day In Dodgers History: Matt Kemp Scores Lone Run In Win Despite Going Hitless Against Angels’ Jered Weaver & Jose Arredondo
Matt Kemp scores the only run as the Los Angeles Dodgers are no-hit by the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium
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On June 28, 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the L.A. Angels at Dodger Stadium despite Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo not allowing a hit. Matt Kemp scored the only run in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory.

The Dodgers became only the fifth team in the Modern Era to win a game without getting a hit. The last team to accomplish the feat was Cleveland Indians, when they were no-hit by Matt Young of the Boston Red Sox for eight innings but still managed to squeak out a 2-1 win on April 12, 1992.

Weaver issued three walks over six innings, while Arredondo turned in two perfect innings. The Angels were not officially credited with a combined no-hitter because the Dodgers did not bat in the bottom of the ninth.

To that point it was a fourth time in MLB history a visiting team was not awarded a no-hitter despite holding an opponent hitless over eight innings.

Weaver walked Andre Ethier in the first inning and put Russell Martin on in the fourth. But it was his inability to field a roller hit in front of the mound that did him in. Weaver’s error allowed Kemp to reach safely, and Jeff Mathis’ errant throw on a stolen base attempt put the Dodgers outfielder at third base.

Blake DeWitt’s sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a decided 1-0 lead. The Angels managed five hits of their own and saw four runners reach scoring position.

Aided by Ethier throwing out Erick Aybar on his attempt to turn a single into a double, and his catch on Howie Kendrick’s line drive hit to right-center field, Chad Billingsley got through seven scoreless innings.

Billingsley was followed by Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito. It was the second game in a row the Angels failed to score.

The Dodgers dropped the third game at Dodger Stadium, and settled for a split of the six head-to-head meetings in that season’s Freeway Series.

Dodgers no-hitters

Between Brooklyn and Los Angeles franchise history, the Dodgers have thrown 23 no-hitters. One of those was a combined no-hitter in a 2018 game started by Walker Buehler.

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