Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy had a dominant pitching performance against the St.Louis Cardinals on opening day. It was very important for him to come out of the gate strong in his first start of the season considering that he had an average 2012 season for the Diamondbacks, and Kennedy pitched like he was the ace of the staff in this game.
Kennedy had all of pitches working throughout the entire game. The Cardinals line up looked out of sync while they were facing him, and Kennedy did a great job of mixing his off-speed pitches with his fastball to keep the Cardinals off balance.
The pitching performance by Kennedy was great, but the most surprising aspect of the game for the Diamondbacks was their offense. Arizona pounded Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright for 11 hits and they managed to score enough runs off the Cardinals ace. Wainwright did not have his best stuff in the game, and left several pitches up in the strike zone.
The Diamondbacks had a total of 15 hits in the game, and all the runs they scored were without the need of a home run. Arizona did a good job moving runners throughout the game, and received contributions from different players in their line up.
The obvious stars in the line up for the Diamondbacks were the two new members of the starting outfield in Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock. The performance of Pollock in this game showed why the Diamondbacks believe he is most polished outfielder they have in their minor league system. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson is going to have a tough decision to make when Cody Ross comes off the disabled list in a week.