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Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Falters in ninth
Kennedy (2-2) was credited with Sunday's loss, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning against the Cubs.
Kennedy entered a tied game in the top of the ninth -- manager Torey Lovullo said after the game that closer Mark Melancon was not available after pitching three of the last four days, per Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic. The manager has not been shy to use Melancon in tied games, but the pitcher suffered a couple of meltdowns last week when pitching in such a situation. Additionally, Lovullo said the team is still discussing Melancon's continued use as the closer. Should there be any change, Kennedy is the likely replacement.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Picks up Perdomo
Kennedy walked two and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning and picked up the hold in Friday's 4-3 win over the Cubs.
Kennedy nearly escaped with a clean inning on six pitches, but a two-out error by shortstop Geraldo Perdomo extended the frame. After a pair of walks, Kennedy shut the door with the bases loaded. It was the seventh consecutive scoreless outing for Kennedy.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Notches third save
Kennedy allowed one hit during a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save during Wednesday's 8-7 win at Miami. He had zero strikeouts and zero walks.
The Diamondbacks rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a one-run lead, and Kennedy was called upon for the save with Mark Melancon (illness) still on the COVID-19 IL. Kennedy gave up a one-out single but still retired the side with relative ease on 12 pitches. The veteran right-hander has converted saves in three straight appearances with Melancon out, while Joe Mantiply has one save in that stretch. Kennedy figures to move back to a setup role within the next few days when Melancon returns, but it appears he's the favorite for save chances should Melancon land on the injured list again later in the season.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Secures another save
Kennedy allowed one hit and issued one walk in a scoreless inning Monday while earning a save over the Marlins.
Kennedy found himself with a pair of runners on base and two outs but escaped the jam to finish off the 5-4 win. He's now earned a save in two straight appearances, and he's allowed just one run over his last six frames. The veteran righty will move back to a setup role once Mark Melancon (undisclosed) returns to action.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Likely not available Sunday
Kennedy is unlikely to pitch Sunday after appearing in four of the last five games, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Kennedy has two wins, a save and closed out a win during that four-game stretch, and manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged the 32-year-old right-hander was tired while saving Saturday's win over St. Louis. He's filling in at closer while Mark Melancon (undisclosed) is unavailable. If a closer is needed Sunday, there is not a clear candidate, so matchups would most likely dictate Lovullo's late-game deployment of relievers.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Picks up first save
Kennedy earned his first save of the season Saturday against St. Louis, striking out one while allowing one walk in a scoreless ninth inning.
First-choice closer Mark Melancon hit the COVID-19 injured list Friday, and it looks like Kennedy is the top choice for save chances until Melancon returns. Kennedy issued a leadoff walk to Paul Goldschmidt but retired the next three batters in order to pick up his 57th career save.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Closes out win
Kennedy struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 6-2 win over St. Louis.
Kennedy shut the door on the Cardinals with a 1-2-3 inning in what had been a save situation until the Diamondbacks made it a four-run game in the eighth. With closer Mark Melancon on the COVID-19-related injury list, Kennedy was warming in the eighth before his mates negated the potential save. This was the right-hander's first clean inning over his last six appearances.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Works out of jam, wins
Kennedy (1-1) allowed one hit and an intentional walk while striking out one over a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Kennedy replaced Joe Mantiply, who allowed a single to Freddie Freeman to open the frame, then ran into his own trouble. After an out and a double, he walked Max Muncy before inducing a double-play grounder. Kennedy has allowed five hits, a home run, four walks and three runs over his last four outings, but he's earned three holds and win.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Matchups dictate use
Kennedy allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Mets.
Kennedy held the lead in the eighth before Joe Mantiply finished off the Mets for his first save. With closer Mark Melancon unavailable after appearing in the previous two games, it would be natural to assume Kennedy would gobble up any save chance, but that was not the case. Per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, matchups determined bullpen roles Saturday. Kennedy faced the heart of New York's order, while the left-handed Mantiply entered for the ninth against three scheduled lefty batters.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Navigates eventful eighth
Kennedy allowed an unearned run, walked two and struck out one over one inning to pick up a hold in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.
He entered with the mission of shepherding a 4-2 eighth-inning lead to closer Mark Melancon, but Kennedy ran into trouble, although not much of it was his own doing. An error by third baseman Yonny Hernandez, an intentional walk, and a catcher interference ruling produced a run before Kennedy quelled the uprising to record his second hold.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Makes game tense
Kennedy allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mets.
Kennedy was the reliever of choice for the eighth inning of a 3-0 game, but he made the save much more precarious for closer Mark Melancon. The 37-year-old setup man gave up a two-run home run to Starling Marte, then walked Francisco Lindor before inducing a double-play groundout. It was the second time in four outings that Kennedy has allowed multiple runs.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Struggles with command
Kennedy (0-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Padres after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. He also tossed a wild pitch.
Kennedy entered the game in the eighth inning when the game was tied 2-2, but he wasn't sharp and gave up the deciding runs on back-to-back at-bats via an RBI single from Eric Hosmer and a sac fly from Austin Nola. Kennedy needed 24 pitches to complete the inning, and he got tagged with the loss in his season debut.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Easy outing Friday
Kennedy retired the side on seven pitches in Friday's spring training game against the Cubs.
Kennedy, who pitched the sixth inning following an impressive five-inning start out of Madison Bumgarner, continued an easy run through the Cactus League. The right-handed setup man has pitched four scoreless and hitless outings with just one walk to blot his record. Prior to Friday, he threw five pitches in his first outing, seven in the second and nine in the third. Kennedy, who converted 26 of 30 opportunities in 2021, is next in line for saves after Mark Melancon.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Signs with Diamondbacks
Kennedy signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kennedy pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2010 to 2013, and he'll return to the organization after spending time with Texas and Philadelphia last year. The right-hander operated in a high-leverage role in 2021 and converted 26 of 30 save chances while posting a 3.20 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 56.1 innings across 55 appearances between his two clubs. Kennedy will likely have a setup role early in the 2022 season after Arizona signed Mark Melancon during the offseason.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Ian Kennedy: Escapes danger for 26th save
Kennedy allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 8-6 win over Pittsburgh.
Kennedy put a pair of runners on base, but he got Kevin Newman to fly out, ending Pittsburgh's ninth-inning threat. Kennedy is now 10-for-13 in save chances with Philadelphia, and 26-for-30 this year when factoring in his time with Texas. He owns a 3.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 60:16 K:BB across 54.1 innings overall.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Ian Kennedy: Secures 25th save
Kennedy tossed a scoreless ninth inning on his way to securing a save in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Orioles. He allowed no hits while walking two and striking out one.
The 36-year-old worked around a couple two-out walks and got Ryan Mountcastle to fly out to end the game. It was his 25th save of the year and eighth since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline. Kennedy has now converted three straight save chances since blowing an opportunity versus the Cubs on Sept. 15.... See More ... See Less
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