5) Ian Kennedy Does The Job
Ian Kennedy held the Cleveland Indians to two runs over 6.0 innings Wednesday night, after giving up 12 runs and 6 home runs in his last two starts. Kennedy continued the KC Royals string of strong starts that began with Danny Duffy busting the losing streak with 6.0 scoreless innings on Saturday.
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Unfortunately, Kennedy gave up a two-run home run in the seventh inning when Ned Yost left him in the game after the Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-2 lead.
Even so, it was a solid performance from Kennedy, who most likely would have been pulled after six under normal circumstances. Overall, Kennedy went 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 earned runs, with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
Kennedy’s ERA actually went up to 4.17 from 4.06 before the game, but Kennedy picked up the win to even his season record at 5-5.
If Kennedy continues to pitch like he has at home (1.45 ERA coming into the game), he’s going to be well worth his $70 million contract.
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