Although inconsistent this season, facing the San Francisco
Giants typically brings out the best in Arizona’s Ian Kennedy.
The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is off to a strong start but
routinely struggles against the Diamondbacks.
While Kennedy will try for a sixth straight win over San
Francisco, Bumgarner will seek to stay unbeaten and end his recent
woes against visiting Arizona in Wednesday’s series finale.
Since winning in the Diamondbacks’ season opener, Kennedy (1-2,
5.47 ERA) has gone 0-2 with a 6.62 ERA in three starts. He put
together a decent outing Friday in Colorado, allowing three runs
and three hits over six innings, but didn’t get much help in a 3-1
“He was fine,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “We didn’t give him any
The right-hander would appear to have a good chance to get back
in the win column considering he’s 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA in eight
starts against the Giants (13-8) since 2011. It’s his best ERA
against any team he has faced more than three times in that
Bumgarner (3-0, 2.05) had a 6.61 ERA in losing his three starts
to Arizona last season, and his 5.59 ERA versus the Diamondbacks
since 2011 is his worst against any team he has faced more than
The left-hander, though, hasn’t allowed more than two runs in
any of four outings this season. He struck out a season-high 10 in
Friday’s 3-2 walkoff win over San Diego.
“He left a couple of pitches up in the first inning but he
pitched great,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You can’t say enough
about the job he did. Bum did a terrific job. He had great
The Giants are hoping Bumgarner can help them bounce back after
they blew a chance to complete another comeback win. Buster Posey
and Brandon Belt drove in a combined three runs in the final two
innings in Monday’s series opener, a 5-4 victory, and Belt hit a
tying two-run homer in the ninth on Tuesday.
Arizona, though, took advantage of an error and a wild pitch in
the 11th en route to a 6-4 victory that snapped the Giants’
seven-game home win streak and a string of four straight overall
Paul Goldschmidt helped the Diamondbacks (11-9) end those runs
with a homer and a season-high three RBIs. He was 2 for 12 with one
RBI in his previous four games.
“We made some good plays when we had to and they made a couple
mistakes and we capitalized on that,” Gibson said. “We played a
clean game, made good plays. We’ve been good at that all year.”
Gerardo Parra, who had an RBI double in the 11th on Tuesday, is
0 for 10 with five strikeouts all-time against Bumgarner.
Belt is 2 for 13 (.154) with eight strikeouts against Kennedy
while Marco Scutaro (4 for 10) and Posey (8 for 23) have been a
little more successful.