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COL@ARI: Kennedy strikes out 12 over six innings

The last time the Brewers and D-backs met, they were defending division champs off to disappointing starts. Both sat well below .500 on May 25, when the Brewers dropped two of three at Chase Field.

Since then, the D-backs have made some strides, while the Brewers have continued to struggle. Looking to get on track in all aspects of the game, Milwaukee will send Randy Wolf to the mound Friday to face Arizona's Ian Kennedy at Miller Park.

"If you look at it offensively, we don't have a lot of room for error," said Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who should be back in the lineup Friday after missing Wednesday's start with a bruised left elbow. "We're good, but we're not a great offense, so you have to do the little things well. We have to move runners. When we get runners at third base, less than two outs, we have to get them in. And we haven't done a good job of that.

"It's the same thing for starting pitching, bullpen -- we don't have a lot of room for error."

That's certainly been the case for Wolf this season. His 2-5 record and 5.32 ERA aren't impressive numbers, but he's also been the victim of a blown save in four straight starts and in six of his last nine outings.

Wolf hasn't won a game since April 30, and he's coming off an outing Saturday in which he allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has pitched deep into games, however, averaging exactly six innings per start over his last 10 outings.

Kennedy is also coming off a rough start. He allowed five runs on 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Saturday.

"My command was all over the place," said Kennedy, who is 5-7 with a 4.42 ERA, a year removed from leading the National League in wins. "I was trying to get ahead of guys, but my command was all over the place."

D-backs: Bloomquist starts at third
• Willie Bloomquist was in the D-backs' lineup at third base on Thursday, which was the first time he started at the hot corner since Aug. 28, 2010.

Bloomquist has gotten the majority of starts at shortstop this year while Stephen Drew recovered from his ankle injury. The club sent down third baseman Josh Bell earlier Thursday to make room for Trevor Bauer on the roster.

"The fundamentals of the game stay the same," Bloomquist said. "You catch the ball and you throw it to the right base. You try to keep it simple and not try and do too much. I don't have to go over there and be a Gold Glove third baseman. I have to go over there and try to make the routine play and let the good plays take care of themselves just by being an athlete out there. My focus is to try to make the routine play."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to try and keep Bloomquist's bat in the lineup even after Drew's return. Hence the start at third base, where Bloomquist had made 85 prior starts.

Brewers: Front office contemplating Trade Deadline moves
• The Brewers aren't in the same position they were last year as the July 31 Trade Deadline approached, and they're well aware of that fact. General manager Doug Melvin is still looking for ways to improve his 2012 club, but manager Ron Roenicke admitted Milwaukee will look toward the future as well as this year's Deadline draws near.

"[Time] is getting shorter, but there's still time," Roenicke said. "With where we're at in the division, there's still plenty of time. It's a long ways to the end of the season, but we also need to see that we have the club that we can turn this thing around. Do we have that personnel that's able to do it? I still know that we do, but somewhere in there, we have to start playing that way."

• Braun was the latest Brewers player to get hit by a pitch. Milwaukee easily leads the league in that category, having been plunked 44 times this season.

Worth noting
• Current D-backs hitters have posted a combined .342/.407/.591 career batting line in 169 plate appearances against Wolf.

• The Brewers are 18-18 at home this season and 6-6 in series play at Miller Park. Comments