It’s been a whirlwind week for Ian Kennedy.
Four days after being acquired by the Padres via a trade the right-handed pitcher Sunday afternoon found himself on the mound at Petco Park facing the New York Yankees – the team that had originally drafted him in the first round in 2006.
Kennedy admitted he had “adrenaline and emotion” working for him at the start of the game.
But in the sixth inning he ran out of both.
“I tired at the end” admitted Kennedy. “It was a crazy week a long week.”
And a successful week.
Because his offense gave him a 6-0 lead early and his bullpen allowed only one run over the final 3 1/3 innings Kennedy won his debut in San Diego as the Padres defeated the Yankees 6-3 to win the rubber match of a three-game series.
Kennedy allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six Yankees as the Padres won a fourth straight series to improve to 11-6 over their last 17 games.
Not that Kennedy was the only story: