5). Ian Kennedy Wasn’t Really That Bad
The line was hideous. Kennedy went 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks. He surrendered three home runs and struck out six.
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Two home runs that came with one runner on base were barely over the wall. Those would be outs in Kauffman Stadium. Two more runs allowed by Kennedy came when reliever Chien-Ming Wang failed to close the door in the seventh. Despite Wang giving up a hit and two walks, BOTH of those runs ended up getting charged to Kennedy.
The fact is, Yankee Stadium is a terrible venue for a fly ball pitcher like Ian Kennedy. With some luck, and better hit sequencing, Kennedy puts in another quality start. On Thursday night, he didn’t keep his team in the game.
So, yes, it would be easy to throw up our hands in frustration and say that even the one pitcher going well failed on Thursday night. But, it wouldn’t really be accurate.
Kennedy Is still giving good value so far and looks like a good pick up by KC Royals general manager Dayton Moore.