Wrapping up the road trip — April 15
A couple of quick leftover notes from Sunday’s D-backs/Rockies game before I dash off to the airport to catch my flight out of this frozen tundra…
– I asked Kirk Gibson if the reason he stuck with Bryan Shaw in the ninth was because J.J. Putz was unavailable.
“It’s a long season,” Gibson replied. “You make your choice. I used four guys in one inning there. I just made the decision there to go with Bryan. He was up and he was warm. We’ve got a new series starting tomorrow. Kind of rested the other guys. We felt like he was a good guy to get it done quickly for us. J.J. and David [Hernandez], they’ve had a heavy workload early. Bryan Shaw, we had a good feel about it. At the same time, giving him a little late-inning experience. He’s fearless. You feel very confident with him in there.”
I can’t say for sure, but I believe it wasn’t just that Putz had pitched Saturday, but also because he had gotten up to get warm several times in the last few days.
Regardless, Shaw enjoyed the opportunity.
“I’ve closed in college, I closed in the Minors last year,” Shaw said. “It’s where I like to be. I like being in that role late innings, whatever, game on the line. I just love being in that spot.”
– We had asked Gibson about not running as much prior to the game and he said that teams were playing closer attention to them on the bases after the success they had last year.
Sunday they stole four bases in the first five innings off rookie Drew Pomeranz.
“If there’s something available, then you take it,” Gibson said. “We felt there was. He was a young kid and we pushed the envelope there and the guys did a good job of that. I think he got a little unraveled there from time to time. But they hung in there. In this park, in many games, it’s never over until it’s over. Fortunately for us we got the job done today.”