Inside the Box: D-backs close gap on Giants

Aug 2, 2011, 4:09 AM | Updated: 5:10 am

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Inside the Box for August 1, 2011: Diamondbacks 5, Giants 2

The Good:

The D-backs went lights-out in the sixth, showing the Giants why they are still in the NL West race. Scoring five runs off of five hits and just one walk, the D-backs forced the Giants to pull out starter Matt Cain. That inning proved too much for the Giants to overcome.

Ian Kennedy threw a great game. In his eight innings, he gave up six hits and just two earned runs. He got his 13 win of the season on Monday.

Paul Goldschmidt got a hit in his first MLB game.

The Bad:

Ian Kennedy only threw two bad pitches in the game and the Giants took him deep both times. Giving up the lead-off homer in the first inning to Cody Ross in the first looked to be the beginning of a bad start for Kennedy, but he looked good until he gave up another deep ball in the seventh.

The Funky:

The D-backs trail the Giants by just one game in the NL West.

Kennedy has only given up two earned runs when facing the Giants all season.

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