Results tagged ‘ Ian Kennedy ’

D-backs Carry Momentum into Decisive Game 5

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

By Josh Greene

Let’s face it. Just days ago, it looked as if the only way the D-backs were going to see the city of Milwaukee again before next season was to catch a rerun of “Happy Days.”

But that’s what back-to-back must-wins at Chase Field will do for you. Now the team prepares for an improbable-turned-decisive Game 5 back at Miller Park Friday afternoon. (more…)

D-backs Look to Rebound in Game 2 of NLDS

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Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

By Josh Greene

Being a fan of ballparks, it’s always interesting to be able to see somewhere new.

Born way too late to have experienced the likes of Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman’s Park or any of the other classics that now only live on in other people’s memories and sepia-toned newsreel footage, to get to see Miller Park for the first time in Saturday’s Game 1 of the D-backs-Brewers National League Division Series was an understandable thrill. (more…)

NLDS Preview: Brewers vs. D-backs

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By Greg Dillard

The past two seasons had been forgettable ones for the D-backs, with Arizona sputtering to consecutive last places finishes in 2009 and ‘10. They fell victim to high strikeout totals and a lackluster bullpen, with the postseason being a distant thought.

Things have taken a drastic change in 2011.

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D-backs head to Milwaukee

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

It all comes down to this.

After a magical 94 win-performance in the regular season to earn the National League West Division title, the D-backs are Milwaukee-bound for the NL Division series.

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Gibson preps for Giants series

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

When two arch division rivals are playing meaningful September baseball, it makes for plenty of exciting series late in the summer.

The D-backs and Giants have been locked in a compelling battle for the division crown since late May. Arizona holds a six-game lead with six games to play in the regular season. With the magic number at one, San Francisco comes to the Valley of the Sun for a three-game series.

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Kennedy One-Hits Bucs en Route to His 20th Win

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By Josh Greene

Under a cloudless sky at Chase Field, Ian Kennedy rained down on the Pirates to become the National League’s first 20-game winner Monday. (more…)

Kennedy pitches D-backs past Padres

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By Greg Dillard

The 21,000-plus fans at Chase Field rose to their feet and applauded their starting pitcher.

Ian Kennedy walked off the mound to a standing ovation after yet another stellar pitching performance on Thursday night. The right-hander headed into Thursday night’s series opener against the Padres with a standout 18-4 record and a 2.96 ERA.

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Gibson praises Kennedy; talks Young, lineup and reunion weekend

 (Photo by Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks)

By Greg Dillard

Gibson praises ace Kennedy

Ian Kennedy has been dominant and then some throughout 2011.

He entered Thursday night’s start against San Diego with a stellar 18-4 record and a 2.96 ERA. In 194.1 innings pitched, Kennedy has struck out 167 batters.

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D-backs to face Giants in crucial series

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

My how things have changed.

This time last season, the D-backs were mired the National League West cellar, while the Giants were well on their way to capturing a World Series title.

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Two of a Kind

Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson have turned into the D-backs’ formidable one-two punch

By Greg Dillard

It was a misty June afternoon as Ian Kennedy approached the tee box, taking a couple of practice swings before driving his ball down the middle of the fairway. Daniel Hudson followed, splitting the same fairway with his tee shot.

The two, along with fellow starter Joe Saunders, were playing the 95-year-old Oakland Hills Country Club course during an off-day on the D-backs’ road trip to Michigan during Interleague play.

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