Just two years ago, Ian Kennedy was the ace of the Arizona
He’s looked capable of regaining that status, but with the San
Kennedy goes for another strong outing Tuesday night when he
faces the Diamondbacks for the first time since they dealt him to
Kennedy (5-9, 4.88 ERA) went 21-4 with a career-low 2.88 ERA in
2011, tying for the NL lead in wins while helping Arizona to a
division title and its most recent playoff appearance.
The right-hander failed to remain that effective for the
Diamondbacks, going 18-20 with a 4.47 ERA over the next season and
a half before being sent to San Diego prior to the non-waiver trade
deadline July 31.
Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four games with the Padres
(59-72), turning in his best performance Wednesday to beat
Pittsburgh. He tossed seven shutout innings while striking out
eight in a 2-1 win.
“We’re seeing the pitcher we thought we’d get,” manager Bud
Black told the team’s official website.
Now, Kennedy will take the mound at Chase Field for the first
time as a visitor.
“It’s going to be emotional for him,” Black said. “It’s a
different feel. I’ve been there. I think that it’s a unique
Black’s club has been struggling offensively, scoring 18 runs
over the past seven games while hitting .143 with runners in
scoring position. The Padres fell 6-1 on Monday in the opener of
this three-game series as they mustered five hits – all singles,
and one came from starting pitcher Tyson Ross.
Will Venable had two of those hits. The veteran outfielder is
among the NL’s top hitters this month with a .374 average in 22
games, getting at least one hit in 21 of them.
He’s 9 for 25 (.360) in 13 season meetings with Arizona
The Diamondbacks have won seven of nine at home, including four
in a row. They haven’t had a longer winning streak in Arizona since
an eight-game run July 6-24, 2012.
Paul Goldschmidt, who has a career-high 31 homers, is hitting
.349 with 10 RBIs in the last 10 games after connecting for a
two-run triple Monday. He’s the first Diamondbacks player to amass
103 RBIs since Luis Gonzalez had 104 in 2003.
Martin Prado is looking to continue his own impressive
production, hitting .365 with 27 RBIs in his last 23 games. He’s
driven in eight runs over the past three contests, including three
in the series opener.
“I’m taking advantage of the situation,” Prado said. “I had a
difficult course over the first few months and it’s good to get
going this way.”
Trevor Cahill was scheduled to get the ball Tuesday, but he
tossed the final four innings of Saturday’s 12-7 win in 18 at
The Diamondbacks are now expected to send David Holmberg to the
mound for his major league debut in a spot start.
The 22-year-old left-hander is considered one of the team’s top
pitching prospects. He’s 5-7 with a 2.66 ERA in 25 starts for
Double-A Mobile this year, including a 1.59 ERA over his last