SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy barreled through the Padres' lineup without his best stuff Sunday, so close to escaping trouble that it made the Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss that much more frustrating.
After going 17 straight batters without giving up a hit, Kennedy hung changeups for home runs to two consecutive batters in the sixth inning, and that was that.
Thats what sucks about this game. You throw two bad pitches in the last inning and it changes your whole day, Kennedy said.
Rookie Jedd Gyorko had the big blow, a two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch from Kennedy with two outs and a runner on first base. Kennedy attacked the at-bat the same way he did when he struck out Gyorko on a changeup in the fourth inning.
This time, Gyorko fell behind 1-2 but laid off two changeups at the ankles. He then fouled another one off before Kennedy hung the last one; Gyorko did not miss it, hitting it 426 feet into the left-field bleachers for his first major league homer. Will Venable homered three pitches l...