Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1
Another poor offensive showing turned the defending NL Central
champions into a break-even team.
Ian Kennedy overcame a nasty spill and pitched into the sixth
inning before his ankle stiffened on Wednesday night, leading the
Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory that dropped the Cincinnati
Reds to .500 for the first time since May 8.
Kennedy was the key to the Diamondbacks’ third straight win.
Kennedy also had a run-scoring groundout off Bronson Arroyo (2-2),
who got little help from a struggling offense.
The Reds have lost six of seven, falling to 9-9. The last time
they had a break-even mark was 30 games into last season.
”As long as we don’t panic and continue to work hard, it’ll be
great,” manager Dusty Baker said. ”I’m as positive as I’ve ever
been. I’m not happy, but I’m positive.”
The Reds’ offense was rolling at top speed when they opened the
season with five wins. They got off to their best start since 1990
even though they were missing two starting pitchers with Homer
Bailey and Johnny Cueto sidelined by shoulder problems.
With the offense drying up, that early momentum has
”You keep plugging away,” Baker said. ”I try to be more
positive. People want you to yell at them and kick them, but that
makes them feel worse. Nobody feels worse that those guys, but
there’s a whole bunch of ball left. People got spoiled by our
start, but even when we were winning, we weren’t whole.”
For the third game in a row, the Reds had trouble putting hits
together. They’ve managed only 13 hits in the last three. J.J. Putz
got his fifth save in five chances, needing only seven pitches in a
Justin Upton had a sacrifice fly, and Ryan Roberts added an RBI
double off Arroyo, who retired 15 batters in a row after another
Willie Bloomquist and Kelly Johnson opened the game with
doubles, and Upton’s sacrifice fly made it 1-0. The Reds have been
outscored 22-12 in the first inning this season, by far their
Stephen Drew doubled and scored on Kennedy’s groundout in the
second, starting a streak of 15 straight batters retired by Arroyo
– an indication he’s getting back to normal after coming down with
mononucleosis during spring training.
”They got to me early on with a couple of runs,” Arroyo said.
”That was something you try to avoid. When you’re in a rut like
this, you want to start with a lead first. I made a couple of
adjustments. I tried to slow things down and simplify things. I
tried to play a mental chess game with them.
”We just weren’t able to get anything going. We’re just not
getting the big hits right now.”
Roberts doubled home a run in the seventh for a 3-1 lead, ending
”Arroyo did a good job,” Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said.
”Fortunately we got a couple of hits in good situations. And Ian
Kennedy handled the Reds in Arizona on April 8, allowing one run
and six hits over eight innings in a 12-2 victory. He was tough on
them again Wednesday, giving up four hits, including Joey Votto’s
run-scoring double in the sixth.
Kennedy overcame a nasty tumble in the fifth, when one of his
pitches came right back at him.
Jay Bruce’s grounder smacked off the outside of Kennedy’s lower
right leg during his follow-through. The shot knocked the leg out
from under him, leaving him sprawled on his back. The ball
deflected into foul territory for a single.
A trainer checked the leg, and Kennedy threw several practice
pitches. He struck out the next batter, Jeremy Hermida. When he
went to the bench, the ankle started swelling. He left after giving
up Votto’s RBI double in the sixth.
NOTES: Arizona 3B Melvin Mora missed his second straight game
with a sore left foot. … Bailey will have his next rehab start
pushed back a couple of days because of stiffness. Bailey threw
five scoreless innings for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. He was
expected to start again on Friday, but will get a few extra days to
recover. … Cueto will make his second rehab start for Louisville