Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/13
The Pirates were grounded Wednesday. They found themselves lift-less against Ian Kennedy a fly-ball pitcher. At least for a day Kennedy bucked that reputation. His fourth start at home at Petco Park was his best. He struck out eight in seven shutout innings to steer the Padres to a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh. It was the first time in 25 starts this season that Kennedy did not allow a run. The eight strikeouts tied his season high. Huston Street recorded his 24th save with his 11th consecutive scoreless outing. Kennedy entered the game with a 0.65 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio the lowest in the Padres' rotation. He was coming off his worst start for San Diego. Five days earlier the Mets had gone airborne against him. He surrendered three home runs and five runs in an abbreviated outing at Petco Park a friendly venue for fly-ball pitchers. Wednesday Kennedy didn't need the help. He yielded his first fly ball in the sixth when Felix Pie flied out to right. Kennedy induced 10 groundouts. And just the one flyout to Pie. The right-hander labored in only one inning the first. He threw 24 pitches gave up two singles and issued a pair of walks. The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs but Kennedy struck out Garrett Jones to escape the jam. Kennedy retired 13 of the next 14 batters. The lone blemish in that stretch was a walk to National League MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen.
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