Kennedy looks to win a fourth straight start by continuing his shutout streak in San Diego when the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Padres on Wednesday night.
Kennedy (11-3, 3.22 ERA) is tied with three others for second in the league in wins, one back of the tie between Jair Jurrjens(notes) of Atlanta, Clayton Kershaw(notes) from Los Angeles and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay(notes) and Cole Hamels(notes).
Jurrjens and Hamels are scheduled to start Wednesday, hours before Kennedy looks to extend his three-game winning streak, during which he’s compiled a 2.25 ERA.
“That’s nice. That just shows a good bullpen, a good team around us,” Kennedy said. “And as a starting pitcher, you win ball games.”
The right-hander didn’t need much help from the rest of the Diamondbacks (56-47) on Thursday, holding Milwaukee to four hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win.
He’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 24 innings in four starts against the Padres (45-59), going 1-0 while allowing three hits and fanning 19 in 12 scoreless innings over two at Petco.
Another strong effort could mean Arizona’s first four-game winning streak since June 21-24.
Justin Upton(notes) is on a tear, going 15 for 26 with five doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs in seven games. He’s a .338 hitter with 10 homers and 29 RBIs against the Padres after driving in a pair in Tuesday’s 6-1 series-opening win.
The rookie left-hander is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in five starts after being used exclusively out of the bullpen through his first 29 games. That includes two appearances against Arizona, during which he allowed two runs and three hits with two walks in one inning.
Luebke was charged with a 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Friday, laboring through 110 pitches over five innings while allowing three runs - two earned.
“Throwing over 100 pitches in five innings isn’t what you want to do,” Luebke told the team’s official website. “I wasn’t very good at getting strike one.”
Orlando Hudson(notes) is trying to rebound from a mental error from Tuesday’s loss. He caught a popup while running toward the first base line and apparently forgot the number of outs. He tossed the ball to a ballgirl, and she tossed it into the stands. That allowed the runners to move up a base with one scoring.
“You see it every now and then,” said Hudson, who is 9 for 25 with seven RBIs in eight games. “Life goes one. Nobody’s perfect.”
Cameron Maybin(notes), the reigning co-NL Player of the Week with Upton, looks to re-establish himself at the plate after an 0-for-4 performance Tuesday. He hit .422 with one homer, six RBIs and 11 runs in the previous 10 contests.