No one can ever blame the Arizona Diamondbacks for making things easy. Tonight was no exception. After falling down 3-0 and then taking a 7-3 lead, they eventually closed things out with a little drama, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Friday night, taking the second game in a row over the Cards in this four game series.
Starter Ian Kennedy labored again, going only 6 innings. He had a rough 3rd inning where he gave up two runs, but could have been a whole lot more. After the third he seemed to settle down, but after 100 pitches, was forced to leave the game.
After getting 3 runs in the fourth to tie the game, the Dbacks took a 7-3 lead on a 7th inning grand slam by Kelly Johnson. As I’ve said all season, KJ can’t get his batting average up to par but he sure makes his hits big ones. The bullpen after that was left to preserve the lead over three innings. Mission accomplished – barely.
After using almost the entire bullpen, David Hernandez was able to close things out in the 9th, but, again, with some drama. He ended up walking Albert Pujols to start the inning and Matt Holiday coming up, it led me to believe this game might be over. However he got Holliday to foul out. The Dbacks Stephen Drew committed an error to keep things interesting, however Hernandez got the job done and took the Dbacks back to 8 games over .500.