Gameday Thread, #31: 5/8 vs. Cardinals

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Jake Westbrook
RHP, 3-2, 2.12

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-1, 3.23

Kennedy's unbeaten streak ended in his previous outing, but he is still 10-0 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER in 76.1 IP) over his last 11 starts at Chase Field. That's the third longest streak in club history: Randy Johnson owns the franchise mark with a 13-game streak from June 3, 2001-April 21, 2002, followed by Brian Anderson’s 11-win stretch from June 15, 1999-June 28, 2000. The team could certainly do with Kennedy being the stopper this evening, as they've picked up only one victory in the past six games, and now find themselves 5.5 back of the Dodgers. Early days, but you don't want to find yourself too far back, regardless.

Line-up and stuff after the jump.

  1. Gerardo Parra CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt1B
  6. Jason Kubel LF
  7. Cody Ransom 3B
  8. John McDonald SS
  9. Ian Kennedy P

On the plus side last night. Arizona did score six runs, which will usually be enough for victory. On the other hand, conceding nine is pretty much a recipe for Loss Casserole. More of the former, not so much of the latter, would be very welcome. Especially as I'm recapping this one, and would like something semi-pleasant to write about. Sorry about last night, Clefo...

The experiment with Upton batting second proves a short-lived one: I'm guessing Gibson didn't notice any improvement in J-Up's approach at the plate, which would put him in the same boat as the 26,000 of us in attendance. Much though we appreciated the breeze generated by the swings. On the other hand, Cody Ransom has now established a career high with 12 RBI, in just ten games for the Diamondbacks this year. His previous mark of 11 came in 78 games for the 2004 Giants. He has also tied his career-best with 4 home runs, matching the total from 2008.

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