Results tagged ‘ Kirk Gibson ’

Proof Positive: Part 3 of 3

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Josh Greene 

A pitcher during his playing days, Towers can appreciate how the team has persevered under Gibson this season, especially when you factor in the club’s 33 come-from-behind victories through mid-August, which includes overcoming a pair of six-run deficits against Houston.  (more…)

D-backs Look to Rebound in Game 2 of NLDS

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

By Josh Greene

Being a fan of ballparks, it’s always interesting to be able to see somewhere new.

Born way too late to have experienced the likes of Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman’s Park or any of the other classics that now only live on in other people’s memories and sepia-toned newsreel footage, to get to see Miller Park for the first time in Saturday’s Game 1 of the D-backs-Brewers National League Division Series was an understandable thrill. (more…)

NLDS’ Darling Impressed with Past, Present Gibson

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By Josh Greene

In regards to the D-backs’ big six-run come-from-behind win vs. the Dodgers earlier this week, WTBS’ NLDS broadcaster and former big league pitcher Ron Darling knows a thing or two about two-out, extra-inning rallies, too. (more…)

Proof Positive: Part 1 of 3

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Josh Greene

Even with all the Arizona Diamondbacks’ regular-season success in 2011, manager Kirk Gibson is the first to admit his team isn’t close to where it wants to be.

That may seem like a contradiction for a ballclub that’s in the midst of their first National League Division Series appearance since 2007, but considering this student of personal motivation and visual goal-setting has long valued the power of positive reinforcement to envision all possibilities, there is always room for improvement. Always.

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D-backs beat Giants in series finale to earn sweep

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

The Force was with Josh Collmenter and the D-backs.

It was Star Wars Day at Chase Field on Sunday, and the variety of Darth Vaders, Princess Leias and Yodas in attendance saw the 2011 National League West champion D-backs cap the magical weekend off with a 5-2 win over San Francisco in the series finale.

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Gibson preps for Giants series

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

When two arch division rivals are playing meaningful September baseball, it makes for plenty of exciting series late in the summer.

The D-backs and Giants have been locked in a compelling battle for the division crown since late May. Arizona holds a six-game lead with six games to play in the regular season. With the magic number at one, San Francisco comes to the Valley of the Sun for a three-game series.

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Gillespie Glad to Be Back With D-backs

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By Josh Greene

Hopefully, the fourth time is the charm.

Less than a week after his Reno Aces were eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs, outfielder Cole Gillespie joined the D-backs for his fourth call-up with the parent club and his first of the season. (more…)

Ziegler Continues to Impress on the Mound

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By Josh Greene

D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler continued his strong pitching with another scoreless inning of work in Friday’s 2-0 loss in San Diego. Over his last 13 games, dating back to August 20 in Atlanta, the right-hander hasn’t given up a run and has only surrendered two hits over that span, while racking up eight strikeouts. (more…)

Gibson talks Parra, 1-2 punch, and much more

 (Photo by Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks)

By Greg Dillard

Parra back in the leadoff spot

Outfielder Gerardo Parra’s name has been penciled into several different spots in the D-backs’ starting lineup throughout the 2011 season. The left-handed hitter has hit eighth, seventh, and toward the top of the order at second and leadoff.

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Kennedy pitches D-backs past Padres

(Photo by Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks)

By Greg Dillard

The 21,000-plus fans at Chase Field rose to their feet and applauded their starting pitcher.

Ian Kennedy walked off the mound to a standing ovation after yet another stellar pitching performance on Thursday night. The right-hander headed into Thursday night’s series opener against the Padres with a standout 18-4 record and a 2.96 ERA.

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