Ian Kennedy Stumbles, Allowing Nine Runs Over Three Innings In Loss To Cards

Ian Kennedy didn't know what hit him, lasting only three innings after allowing nine earned runs in a poor start. The D-backs' offense could not compensate and the Snakes lost the series against St. Louis.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule: Second Straight Series Win At Stake Tonight In Game 3 Vs. Cardinals

The Diamondbacks tied their series with the St. Louis Cardinals 1-1 after Tuesday's 13-8 victory at home, and they will look to build on that success in the third and game of this series.

Arizona's starting pitcher for tonight will be Ian Kennedy, who is 1-0 on the season with a 2.57 ERA. Kennedy will look to build off of a solid performance against the Cincinnati Reds last Saturday. Kennedy gave up only one run and six hits over eight innings.

The Cardinals will start Jake Westbrook, who is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA after Saturday's 5-4 loss in 12 innings to San Francisco Giants.

Today's game is schedule to start at 6:40 p.m. local time and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona (TV) and KTAR 620 (Radio).

Fans can follow along with the live action in the always entertaining game thread at AZ Snakepit.

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Diamondbacks Overpower Carpenter, Cardinals 13-8

These are games that the Arizona Diamondbacks should lose, right?

With St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter throwing tonight, Arizona countered with Armando Galarraga. What happened tonight was beyond anyone's expectation.

The Diamondbacks tagged Carpenter for eight earned runs over four innings en route to a 13-8 blowout win at Chase Field on Tuesday night. Justin Upton, Chris Young and Juan Miranda all hit home runs on the evening, allowing the Diamondbacks to even their record at 5-5.

Galarraga gave up five earned runs in five innings, getting his second Arizona victory on the young season. Kam Mickolio gave up three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning. After that, the Diamondbacks bullpen shut it down.

Joe Paterson, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball to allow the home team to come out victorious.

The Diamondbacks offense is clicking on all cylinders right now; seven of the eight position players in the starting lineup had an average over .300 by the end of the night.

With the win, Arizona moved within 2.5 games back of Colorado, who holds the division lead with a 7-2 record.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule: Game 2 Vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Galarraga Needs To Get His Grit On

The Arizona Diamondbacks got hit hard Monday night in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lance Berkman proved he's not yet done (two home runs) and pitcher Kyle McClellan went six innings and had two RBI (ugh). The gritty D-backs get another chance to show just how resilient they are when they get back out on the field Tuesday night for the second game of the series.

The most disturbing outcome of the game was another bad showing from Juan Gutierrez who not has amassed an ERA of 14.73 in five games (3.2 IP). The D-backs need this guy to get his act together and provide that seventh and eighth inning bridge to the closer.

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Armando Galarraga (1-0, 5.14) will take the ball for Arizona while St. Louis has their ace Chris Carpenter on the hill (0-1, 2.08). Carpenter is a perfect 4-0 against the Diamondbacks with a 2.54 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). This will be Galarraga has only face the Cardinals once before, he received a no decision. St. Louis was 5-4 against the Arizona last season.

Today's game is schedule to start at 6:40 p.m. local time and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona (TV) and KTAR 620 (Radio).

Fans can follow along with the live action in the always entertaining game thread at AZ Snakepit.

Today's Farm Report brought to you by the good people who put corn syrup in everything we eat:

Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up: April 11th - AZ Snake Pit
Jarrod Parker made his long-awaited minor-league debut for Mobile this afternoon, as his rehab from Tommy John surgery continues. If you want a quick summary of the results, let's just say, "Work in progress," and move rapidly on, shall we? 

 

 

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Arizona Diamondbacks Fall 8-2 To St. Louis Cardinals In Series Opener

St. Louis Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan allowed only one run over six innings and drove in two runs and Lance Berkman homered twice to lead the Cardinals to a 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first of a three game series. 

Arizona starter Barry Enright also pitched six innings and was really pretty effective outside the fourth inning, when he could not get the final out of the inning and allowed three runs, giving St. Louis a 4-0 that Arizona was not able to overcome.

Reliever Sam Demel took over in the seventh inning and gave up the first of the two homeruns to Berkman.

Arizona rallied in the bottom of the seventh but was only able to muster one run in the inning, and that was it offensively. But after bringing the deficit to three runs, Juan Gutierrez came in after Joe Patterson and allowed two homers and three runs. 

The story of the game was timely offense. The D'backs were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. The Cardinals scored seven of their eight runs with two out. 

Tuesday night the two teams face off again at 6:40 PM. Chris Carpenter will start for St. Louis and Arizona will counter with Armando Galarraga.

Game notes:

Willie Bloomquist with his one hit has hit safely in each of the eight games he has played. 

Juan Gutierrez has now given up five earned runs in his last 1 1/3 innings, looking a lot like how he looked at the start of last season. 

Coming to Monday's game, the current Diamondbacks roster was batting .333 against McClellan in 27 at-bats. That success did not continue.

For more on the Arizona Diamondbacks, check out AZ Snake Pit.

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