Ian Kennedy is headed to the Padres. Usually sellers, the Padres were actually buyers at the MLB trade deadline. The former Diamondbacks starter was dealt to the Friars for reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor league pitcher and a draft pick.
At just 3-8 on the season, Kennedy had been struggling in Arizona. His ERA is robust 5.23 in 21 starts. The 28-year old right-hander's best year was in 2011 when he won 21 games for the Diamondbacks.
Shortly after the trade the Padres took the field, looking for a three game sweep of the Reds. Eric Stults was on the hill for the Pads against Homer Bailey. Stults pitched well. Bailey was better. He pitched into the 9th inning allowing just one run to notch his 6th win of the season.
The Reds big blows were a Brandon Phillips solo homer in the second and a two-run double by Joey Votto in the 7th.
Cincinnati's 4-1 win snapped a five game skid. It also stopped the Padres four game winning streak. The Padres are off Thursday and begin a three game series with the Yankees Friday at Petco Park.