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Inside the Box: Kennedy has rough day at the office

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 July 3, 2011: Athletics 7, Diamondbacks 2

The Good:

The D-backs looked to be putting together another late-game rally in the eighth. Though it was cut short, the effort was there. An Upton lead-off double followed by two walks had the bases loaded without an out, but a pitcher change and poor batting lead to only one run being driven in and the eventual Oakland win.

On a non-game note, Justin Upton was named to the All-Star roster Sunday.

The Bad:

Ian Kennedy may be an outside shot for the All-Star game, but he was not in top form today. He got the loss Sunday and he deserved it.

The game was close going into the sixth inning; the A’s had a 2-1 lead. The inning ended with the score at 7-1. In the interim, Kennedy gave up a two-run homer (twice), walked one and allowed four hits.

The Ugly:

With Sunday’s loss, the A’s won the season series with the D-backs.

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