PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy opened the book on the team's 2012 season on Opening Day almost six months ago, and Wednesday he closed it, capping 2012 with a hard luck loss to the Colorado Rockies, 2-1.
But the tale told in between was not the one the D-backs had hoped to write, nor was it quite the one Kennedy expected after finishing fourth in NL Cy Young voting last season.
"I was probably a little more inconsistent than I would have liked to be," Kennedy said. "But if I look back on this season and even further back to last season, to win 36 games and throw 200 innings both years, that's something I take pride in."
Kennedy's start against the Rockies on Wednesday, in which he allowed two unearned runs over seven innings, made two straight seasons that Kennedy pitched Opening Day and the team's final game of the season. Only last season, Kennedy's finale came in Game 5 of the National League Division Series as the D-backs lost to the Brewers.
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