The result was not there for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, but the starting pitching was. Again. It's becoming a trend.
D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy suffered a 2-1 loss at Washington on Thursday, his first loss since a rain-shortened game in Philadelphia on Aug. 18, 2011, a span of 12 starts. But it really was not his fault. Arizona got only one runner past second base in a game the locals will remember because Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper got his first game-winning hit, an RBI double in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 tie.
Kennedy gave up four hits and a walk in seven innings while making his fifth quality start in six outings this year, tying teammate Joe Saunders for tops in the National League in quality starts. Kennedy has given up only six runs in his last 20 13 innings but is 1-1 with a no-decision in that span.
"It's always really tough when you lose these close games," Kennedy said.
The Diamondbacks' rotation has made quality sta...