Kennedy allowed just one run through six innings, three relievers
combined to allow only one baserunner and the Padres beat the
Chicago White Sox 4-1 for their fourth victory in the previous 10
games to start a rare three-game interleague series.
"Ian's fastball, I thought, was the key tonight," San Diego manager
Bud Black said. "The fastball, right from the get-go, had life in
the hitting area. I thought he commanded it, for the most part,
pretty well. He pitched with a lot of conviction with it, especially
inside to the lefties. He made some pitches when he needed to. He
set the tone."
Center fielder Cameron Maybin and first baseman Yonder Alonso each
homered to lead the way offensively for the Padres (25-30), who lost
the only other series they've played against the White Sox -- in
2003 in Chicago and 2005 at Petco Park.
"(Kennedy's) been very solid for us throughout the year, so it was
definitely nice to get him a win," said Alonso, whose two-run homer
with two outs in the eighth provided some insurance runs. "The whole
game in itself was all about pitching and defense, but I think that
(home run) was a good moment right there, later on in the game, to
get those two runs. We needed those big-time, giving a little bit of
breathing room for our bullpen."
They didn't seem to need it. Right-handers Nick Vincent and Joaquin
Benoit each threw a scoreless inning of relief to get the ball to
right-handed closer Huston Street in the ninth. Street retired the
White Sox in order for his 16th save in as many chances, which leads
the major leagues.
Kennedy allowed four hits and walked three, but struck out nine to
nix almost every scoring chance for Chicago.
Left-hander John Danks turned in his second straight quality start
for the White Sox (28-28) but took the loss after allowing two runs,
eight hits, a walk and a wild pitch in seven innings.
The White Sox, who struck out 13 times and only produced one
baserunner and had no hits after the fourth, had a three-game win
streak snapped. They were unable to match their season highs of four
straight wins and three games above .500.
"I, for the most part, was able to get the kind of contact I
wanted," Danks said. "Obviously I made some mistakes and got burned
for them, but all-in-all it was a good day."
Maybin put the Padres up 1-0 by leading off the third with a
407-foot solo homer to left field off Danks for his first home run
and RBI of the season.
After getting runners into scoring position and failing to score in
the first three innings, the White Sox got a run across in the
fourth thanks to Maybin's mental miscue. Thinking a fly ball he'd
caught in center field was the third out of the inning, Maybin
started trotting toward the infield with his head down. Chicago
third baseman Conor Gillaspie tagged up and moved from second to
third. He then scored on a wild pitch by Kennedy to tie it 1-1.
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"It's part of it," Kennedy said. "It's not the first time it's
happened, a position player forgetting how many outs. I've done it
before on the mound, so at that point, for me I've just got to get
over it. My job was to keep that runner there, but he came up to me
and apologized and I said, 'OK, make it up to me. Hit another home
run and forget about it."
Danks, however, gave the run right back in the fifth on his own wild
pitch to score Rene Rivera from third, making it 2-1 San Diego.
That's all Kennedy and the Padres bullpen needed.
"That's Ian Kennedy," White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton said. "I
mean, how quickly we forget he was in the Cy Young running (a few
years ago). He knows how to pitch. He studies the heck out of people
and he knows how to approach the game and he competes."
NOTES: The White Sox will switch their pitching rotation during a
weekend series against the San Diego Padres, with LHP Chris Sale
starting the finale on Sunday instead of LHP Jose Quintana. Sale,
who will be pitching on four days' rest, was scheduled to start
Monday at the Los Angeles Dodgers against LHP Clayton Kershaw.
Sale's previous start, on Tuesday, was held to three innings because
of rain and he wanted to get back on the mound sooner than later.
Quintana will make a Monday start against the Dodgers. ... White Sox
1B Jose Abreu (ankle) will do some simulated work on Saturday and
Sunday and expects to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday
against the Dodgers. ... Chicago 1B-DH Paul Konerko missed his
second straight game on Friday against the San Diego Padres because
of a minor back issue. He hopes to return Saturday in the second
game of the series. ... Padres RHP Andrew Cashner threw his second
bullpen session while on the DL for right elbow soreness and will
throw a simulated game Sunday. ... The agent for Padres LF Tommy
Medica asked Major League Baseball to review a scoring decision from
the Wednesday finale of a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A
hard-hit ball to third by Medica was ruled an error instead of a
single. Medica would have hit for the cycle had it been ruled a hit.
... OF Carlos Quentin will likely be the DH for the Padres in all
three games against the White Sox, according to manager Bud Black.
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