Ian Kennedy's afternoon started badly, as the first four Brewers got hits, and by the time he escaped the first, they had scored three runs, which was easily all the visitors would need. They added single tallies in the second and fifth: Kennedy ended the day in the seventh inning, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He took the less, and heads into the break with a 3-6 record, and 5.42 ERA. Josh Collmenter finished the seventh, and left-hander Eury de la Rosa had an impressive major-league debut, working two perfect innings and striking out three.
The offense had some chances, but couldn't convert them, and their only score came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Miguel Montero hit his eighth home-run of the season. Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each had a pair of hits, while Adam Eaton reached base twice, on a hit and a walk, though was also picked off base for our daily TOOTBLAN. Martin Prado hit into his team-leading 15th double-play. The defeat locked the SnakeLine of the week at under, with a run differential over the weekend of -2.
Right now, the Dodgers are losing to the Rockies in the eighth inning: if that keeps up, the D-backs lead will remain at 2.5 games over the All-Star break. Angry Saguaro will be along in a little bit with the guest recap, and don't forget to tune in later for the weekly SnakePit Video Roundtable. Arizona's next game is on Friday, when they start the second-half with a series against the Giants in San Francisco.