The Arizona Diamondbacks got everything possible out of Ian Kennedy who pitched eight scoreless innings but the game of baseball is nine innings and the results speak for themselves. Game 2 against the San Fransisco Giants gives the D-backs and crack.
Armando Galarraga (3-2, 5.29 ERA) walked six guys in his last start and lasted just four innings. His opponent, Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 3.55 ERA) didn't do much better in his last two starts where he also gave up six walks in each. The pitcher that finds his control should win the game. How's that for brilliant analysis?
The game starts at 7:15 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona with the live game thread at AZ Snake Pit.
The Diamondbacks and Last Night's Not-So Stolen-Base - AZ Snake Pit
Arizona's failure reduced their stolen-base percentage to 69%, with 27 successes against 12 times caught. That's below league-average and is also quite possibly at a level where it is having a negative impact on their offense - the break-even point, depending on your source, is somewhere between between two-thirds and 80%. But it does depend significantly on the game situation.
Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0: Ian Kennedy matches Tim Lincecum; MLB fails to notice - AZ Snake Pit
Record: 15-19 Pace: 71-91 Change on last year: +1 Tim Lincecum took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and Ian Kennedy shut out the Giants for 8 in a total pitcher's duel. Clearly, neither pitcher gave their team a chance to win, because both got a no-decision, despite pitching nearly-identical shutouts.