On Monday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said that right-hander Ian Kennedy has "kind of gotten away from who he is."
Kennedy will look to rediscover that identity on Friday night, when the D-backs host the Phillies for the second meeting in a four-game series at Chase Field. He will go up against Philadelphia righty Tyler Cloyd, as Arizona goes for a 2-0 series advantage and its fifth straight victory overall.
Kennedy, who went 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 2011, is 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts and hasn't won since Opening Day. He has walked at least three batters in four of his past five outings and allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Padres on Sunday.
The next day, Kennedy met with Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers about getting back to what made him successful in the past.
"In '11, he was best when he's got the good fastball location to both sides of the plate," Towers said. "[Sunday], he pitched more away and probably 50 percent of his pitches were off-speed pitches -- and you throw that many of them, they start sitting on it."
When Kennedy threw his bullpen session on Tuesday, he worked on refining his mechanics and eliminating some bad habits.
"There's no quick fix to anything," Kennedy said. "It's just about getting back to making sure all the little points are good throughout the bullpen and not getting lazy about it."
Cloyd, who is taking the injured Roy Halladay's rotation spot, will make his first big league start of the year. The 25-year-old must show he deserves to stay, with veteran John Lannan potentially returning from the disabled list within the next few weeks, among other options.
"It was an unfortunate situation, Doc's situation, having him going down and having surgery," Cloyd said. "For me, it's just obviously another opportunity to prove myself and hopefully have some success."
Cloyd was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley but had held the opposition to four runs in 15 innings over his past two. In six starts for the Phillies a year ago, he went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, striking out 30 and walking seven in 33 innings.
Phillies: Delmon snaps skid
• Right fielder Delmon Young stopped an 0-for-11 stretch with a single in the first inning on Thursday and finished with his first multi-hit game since his season debut on April 30. Young still is 5-for-27 this season, with a double and a home run.
• In 23 games since April 16, the Phillies have scored 79 runs for an average of 3.4 per game. They have endured five shutouts in that span and pushed across just one run on Thursday.
• Even before Jimmy Rollins' 0-for-4 game on Thursday, Phillies leadoff hitters ranked 28th in the Majors with a .275 on-base percentage. Rollins and Ben Revere have combined for 35 of 36 starts in that spot.
D-backs: Goldschmidt always striving for more
• Before going 0-for-3 on Thursday, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had equaled a club record with three consecutive three-RBI games, going 7-for-13 with four home runs. In only his second full big league season, the 25-year-old is hitting .313/.409/.578 with nine homers and 30 RBIs.
"Just developing as a player, understanding a lot and how to apply it," Gibson said. "Goldy is the type of guy that when you get him out, he tries to understand why. A lot of people have a comfort zone and stay close to it, but Goldy is very willing to expand that, and it shows up in his results."
Not only that, Goldschmidt has handled his rising stardom well.
"He's shy about success, but he can't help but smile though, he just doesn't want to show anybody up," Gibson said. "He's very appreciative and very humble. He's a great teammate and everybody looks up to him."
• No D-backs hitter has faced Cloyd.
• Kennedy owns a 2.42 ERA in four career outings against the Phillies.
• Charlie Manuel managed his 1,332nd game for the Phillies on Thursday, moving him into first place on the franchise's all-time list.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.