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Saturday, July 28th
(All times eastern)
New York Mets (48-52) at Arizona Diamondbacks (50-50), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Young (2-4, 3.91)
Arizona - Ian Kennedy (8-8, 4.20)
(Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy goes after his third straight win on Saturday
when the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets continue a four-game set at
Kennedy has resembled the pitcher who won 21 games a year ago his last two
times out. After giving up a run in eight innings to beat Cincinnati on July
18, Kennedy defeated the Colorado Rockies on Monday, holding them to a pair of
runs and five hits in eight innings. He also struck out seven without walking
a batter for the second straight time.
"It's not going to happen every time, but it's just good to see him throw
back-to-back games with consistency," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Again
he mixed his pitches up, had much better location tonight."
Kennedy, who is 8-8 on the year with a 4.20 ERA, has beaten the Mets all three
times he has faced them and has pitched to a 3.50 ERA in doing so.
New York, meanwhile, will counter with veteran lefty Chris Young, who is 2-4
with a 3.91 ERA. Young did not get a decision on Monday against Washington,
but was effective, as he allowed two runs and three hits - all in the first
inning - with three walks in seven innings of his team's 8-2 loss. He also
struck out a season-high seven batters.
"It's a good outing, but it's not good enough," said Young, who retired 18 of
19 batters from the first through seventh innings. "I'll keep building on it.
I hope to get stronger as the season progresses. But it's just tough to
evaluate that stuff right now. Ultimately it's a team loss, and that's all I
really care about."
Young is 2-3 lifetime versus the D'Backs with a 3.91 ERA in 10 starts.
On Friday, Willie Bloomquist smacked a run-scoring single as part of a six-run
second inning and Arizona coasted to an 11-5 rout. Chris Young clubbed a two-
run double for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a brief two-game skid.
Josh Collmenter (3-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk with five
strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win. He also contributed
offensively with an RBI single. Relievers Brad Ziegler and Craig Breslow
finished off the rout for the D-Backs.
"It was a lot closer that the score indicates," Diamondbacks manager Kirk
Gibson said. "We kept adding on though. (David) Wright hit a bomb there, but
Josh kept his composure because we needed innings tonight."
Wright smoked a three-run home run and Ike Davis clubbed a solo shot in the
loss for the Mets, who have dropped 13 of their last 15 games.
Jon Niese (7-5) was tagged for eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and a
walk over six innings. He fanned five batters.
"I think there are nights where he really struggles, he just can not make the
pitch he needs to make," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Tonight he left
some balls up and on the plate and they had some good swings."
The Mets are 3-2 against Arizona so far in 2012, having taken two of three
bouts with the Diamondbacks in New York from May 4-6.
07/28 10:22:59 ET