The final game of the San Diego Padres series featured the Diamondbacks debut of Ian Kennedy. Kennedy came to Arizona as part of the three-team trade that sent Diamondbacks pitchers Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers.
Last night featured Edwin Jackson also part of that trade. Jackson struggled on the mound and was handed the loss. Tonight the fans were hopeful that Kennedy would have better luck and get the team back on a winning track.
Kennedy threw 94 pitches over five innings. For the most part he looked crisp with his pitches. He did get behind hitters which drove up his pitch count but the team seemed to be in the game even while he struggled.
The one blemish happened in the second inning when Kennedy left a ball over the plate and former Diamondbacks outfielder Scott Hairston planted the pitch over the wall for a three-run home run.
It looked as though Arizona would lose the game but the offense came back to tie the game after Kennedy left for pinch hitter Rusty Ryal. The Diamondbacks would take the lead in the sixth inning and never relinquish it to win the series.
After three games indications are the Diamondbacks offense is capable of battling and keeping the team in the game regardless of the score. This is different than the recent past when the offense struggled requiring the starting pitchers to battle with every pitch knowing there would be limited run support.
We have to keep reminding ourselves that this is only game three and there are still 158 games left this season. It is too early to extrapolate the numbers we are seeing to make a meaningful prediction.
Still it feels much better this season than it did after three games last year when the Diamondbacks had dropped two games to the Rockies and had lost their number one starter for the year after just four innings.
This is the mindset of a diehard fan, no matter what the situation you have to find the positive side and hold onto that and remind yourself of the good times no matter how bad things may become as the season progresses. I swear I am channeling several generations of Cubs fans.