Starter Ian Kennedy got roughed up in the first two innings, giving up six runs on five hits, and the offense never really got in gear, as Arizona dropped its fourth straight, 6-1, to the Cardinals.
Right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with two home runs – including a grand slam – and had six RBI.
From the word “go,” St. Louis was all over Kennedy, and it seemed like he couldn’t counter their offensive slugs early, as it was 6-0 after two innings.
It didn’t help that the bats were dead for a great portion of the game, because Kennedy could’ve used them.
After the initial rush by St. Louis, Kennedy looked like the potential Cy Young winner we all know he is. Over the next four innings, he got his stuff straight and retired the last 13 hitters he faced, before giving way to pitcher Brad Ziegler and Mike Zagurski.
The bats did come alive for a short bit in the bottom of the ninth, as catcher Miguel Montero drove in Justin Upton with an RBI double to finally get the Diamondbacks on the board.
However, the rally quickly died there.
“I felt like I was in a better rhythm later on,” Kennedy said. “I just really didn’t have that in the first two innings.”
Despite the team’s struggles, manager Kirk Gibson remains confident that his team will turn things around.
“We still have the ability, there’s really no excuse,” Gibson said. “We will come out of it together.”