Kennedy gets work in Minor League game

Kennedy gets work in Minor League game

Kennedy gets work in Minor League game
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Not wanting to give the division-rival Giants a second spring look at the pitcher they will face on Opening Day, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson elected to have Ian Kennedy throw in a Minor League game Tuesday.

Kennedy faced the Giants' Triple-A Fresno team on a back field at Salt River Fields.

By pitching in a Minor League game, Kennedy was assured of throwing five innings -- innings can be stopped at any time if need be -- and getting two at-bats.

Kennedy allowed one run on three hits while walking two and fanning five in five innings.

"I was mixing my changeup a lot more than I have been in the past and my curveball was much better today," Kennedy said. "I was really happy with how it went. And I got a base hit and I think I was more happy about that."

Well, mostly happy about it.

"I was like, 'Dang it, I wasted it in Spring Training,'" Kennedy said of his hit. "That's my one hit for April."