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Inside the Box: Kennedy notches 20th win

After every Arizona Diamondbacks game we’ll examine the
box score and
provide you with instant analysis. So it’s time to go
Inside the Box for
September 19, 2011: Diamondbacks 1, Pirates 0

The Good:

Ian Kennedy was simply brilliant.

The ace pitched 8 innings, allowing just one hit and one
walk while striking out a career-best 12. A masterful
performance for win number 20, and the D-backs magic
number drops to four.

Of course, Justin Upton deserves credit too, as his
broken-bat home run gave the D-backs all the runs they’d
need — and get.

The Bad:

The Diamondbacks mustered just five hits of their own and
without Kennedy’s brilliance would have struggled to win
this one.

The Funky:

Justin Upton had a pair of hits, both of which cost him a
perfectly good bat. A single in the first and a home run
in the sixth led to the demise of a pair of his bats.