PHOENIX - JULY 03: The Arizona Diamondbacks 'legends' (L-R) Luis Gonzalez Matt Williams Mark Grace and Randy Johnson stand attended for the National Anthem before the Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on July 3 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

D-backs Set New Club Record With 6 Errors, Smoked 14-1 By Dodgers

It would appear that firing your manager and general manager won't immediately make your team better. The D-backs booted the ball all over the field in almost comical fashion. Gibson subs Abreu (3) and Ryal (2) have 5 of 6 errors. Only a 9th inning Mark Reynold's home run got the Snakes on the board.

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Post Game Thoughts From A Surprisingly Calm Kirk Gibson

I was looking forward to Kirk Gibson's post game press conference. After seeing his team, on his second day in command, boot the ball all over the grounds and set a new team record for errors in a game (by the 5th inning) there was a fairly good chance we might see a full on explosion of anger. It certainly would have been understandable and perhaps even a smart move to send a message to his team that he was not going to put up with that kind of play.

Before the game Joe Torre called Gibson "one of those dirty players." Adding, "But when I say that, I mean it in a complimentary way. One word that gets your attention is grinder, the grind mentality that he has. That's the type of player he was."

Instead, Gibson came into the media interview room calm and sat down and answered his questions without much display of emotion. I've seen coaches after bad losses before - Gibson didn't look like one of those which I'm sure speaks to both his maturity and experience but also to his desire not to alienate his players so early in his tenure.

"We don't expect to play that way. We had played pretty solid. It was one of those games and we've got to get our guys to bounce back. Tony (Abreu) had a night to forget. I told him, I've had worse games than that so it's not the end, you're a good ball-player and we're going to shake this off, we're going to come back and we've got to perform tomorrow."

Faced with these situations, a manager can try and shame and berate his player into improving or he can support and lift his player's spirits and confidence. Gibson, at least publicly, did the later.

Gibson was asked about his emotions in a game like this, "There's really not an emotion to it. It's what it is, it's part of the game and we were on the wrong end of the stick tonight so it's something we've got to deal with and if you have character you do that."

Gibson mentioned that Dontrelle Willis is dealing with a problem with his finger nail. He again had command issues in his first appearance out of the pen. Willis gave up three hits and three runs in his one inning of work.

Starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (6 hits, 2 earned runs, 3.2 innings) talked about the defense behind him which lead to 7 unearned runs while he was on the mound. I don't care how good you're pitching, no one can give their best on the mound with that kind slop going on behind him.

"I don't know. I don't have words to describe it," Lopez said in front of his locker after the game. "I've never pitched with so many errors behind. They weren't trying to make errors but there was just unfortunately get a ground ball, routine, and not able to make the outs. It's hard to explain because I've never seen something like that. Definitely frustrating for me pitching out there and for them too."


Gibson's Lineup Choices Rocked By Errors

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Rafael Furcal continued hit hot hitting, homering and driving in three runs, and the Dodgers took advantage of an Arizona-record six errors, five in the first three innings, as Los Angeles crushed the Diamondbacks, 14-1, at Chase Field.

James Loney had three hits and scored twice, while Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier each went deep for the Dodgers, who won for the fourth time in five games. Furcal, who upped his average to .338, recorded his seventh straight multi-hit game.

Clayton Kershaw (8-4) surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in his last five decisions.

Incredibly, eight of LA's runs were unearned and that was helped by three errors from Arizona shortstop Tony Abreu and two miscues from first baseman Rusty Ryal.

Rodrigo Lopez (4-7) gave up six hits and nine runs -- only two earned -- over a 3 2/3-inning appearance and had a two-start winning streak snapped.

The Diamondbacks won 12-5 on Friday, but reverted back to more problems against the Dodgers, losing for the ninth time in 11 games this season against their NL West foe.

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton made his first appearance since last Sunday and gave up a homer to Mark Reynolds.

It was a blowout thanks to the horrible fielding of the Diamondbacks, who let up six runs in the second inning despite a base-running blunder by the Dodgers. LA loaded the bases with nobody out, and with one down Blake DeWitt lined a single to right field. Kershaw then hit a grounder to Abreu, who fumbled the ball, leading to another run.

Furcal singled to center as center fielder Chris Young failed to make an over- the-shoulder catch. The problem was Furcal was called out after passing Kershaw on the bases. Kemp then clubbed his 14th homer of the year, a shot to right.

Reynolds committed a throwing error in the third, helping Casey Blake get on base. Xavier Paul then reached on Ryal's throwing error, leading to a 7-0 cushion. Paul was tagged out at first after making a move towards second base on the error. Abreu made another error, but the Dodgers couldn't score again in the frame.

Furcal and Ethier homered in the fourth inning, and Abreu was at it again in the fifth, when LA expanded its lead to 11-0. DeWitt singled in a run, and later in the frame Abreu fielded a grounder off the bat of Furcal, but threw over the head of Ryal at first base.

Paul singled in two runs in the sixth and Russell Martin added a sacrifice fly.

Arizona had five errors in a game, June 27, 2000 against Houston...Following Sunday's game, the Dodgers will play 14 of their next 18 games at home, where the team is 24-15...The Dodgers are 22-6 against the NL West, the best record in the majors for a team within its division...Earlier Saturday, the Dodgers recalled Paul and right-handed pitcher Travis Schlichting from Triple-A Albuquerque and placed outfielder Manny Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 30 with a nagging hamstring injury. Pitcher Ramon Troncoso was optioned to Albquerque...The Diamondbacks named two additional coaches to Gibson's staff on Saturday, tabbing Bo Porter as bench coach and Joel Youngblood as third-base coach...This is the first time since May 3, 1988 that the Dodgers scored eight unearned runs...It was the first homer allowed this year by Broxton.


Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers, Pre-game Manager Notes

SB Nation Arizona is live at Chase Field for tonight's game. Jose Romero contributed to this report.

Kirk Gibson met with the media in the dugout several hours before the game and talked a bit more about his philosophy for the team.

Establishing the batting order

The more visible changes from Gibson have been in the batting order, with Chris Young taking firm control of the lead-off position. Gibson said he likes Young's energy at the top of the order and the way he sets the table.

Overall, the idea is get a more established order for the team and tonight's move to bat Chris Synder fourth is part of that, but not the full story, and certainly not a permanent move.

"Overall, I'm trying to invigorate my team. Our team. Maybe there's some shock factor to it," Gibson said.

Drew and Johnson updates

Gibson said that Drew was available last night and is available tonight even though he won't start. It sounds like the plan is for him to play tomorrow. Drew's played a lot early in the season and it seems that Gibson is trying to establish the idea that the team needs to play hard no matter who's name is on the lineup card.

"It doesn't matter who's in the lineup. We'll be a better team if everybody's involved," the new manager said.

Kelly Johnson was scheduled to start today, but was a scratch due to the flu.

Momentos from his first game as manager

Gibson said that in general he doesn't consider himself a guy who saves things, but that LaRoche game him the ball and he saved the line up card. "You never know how valuable it will be. Hopefully stuff from last night will mean something someday."

Kirk said he did not get a thousand well wishes, but it was in the high one hundreds. People from his first year in pro ball -- which was 1978 -- came out of the wood work and contacted him.

Joe Torre, the venerable Dodgers manager, offered interesting praise for his new counterpart, Kirk Gibson. Torre called Gibson "one of those dirty players." 

"But when I say that, I mean it in a complimentary way," Torre said. "One word that gets your attention is grinder, the grind mentality that he has. That's the type of player he was."

Torre added that Gibson is the type of manager who is "going to get their (D-backs players') attention." 

Promotions of Bo Porter and Joel Youngblood

The Diamondbacks announced earlier today that third base coach Bo Porter would be promoted to Bench Coach and Joel Youngblood had been called up from from his role as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. 

Gibson called Porter "a guy who will really be a great asset to me."

Youngblood, a former 14-year major-league player who has the distinction of getting a hit for two different teams on the same day, is the new D-backs third-base coach. On the afternoon of Aug. 4, 1982, he singled for the New York Mets in Chicago. That night in Philadelphia, he singled for the team to which he was traded, the Montreal Expos.

On last night's baserunning mistakes

Gibson talked about baserunning in general when asked about Justin Upton getting picked off first inning of last night's game. All of his guys continue to have the "green light," but he wants them to learn when and why they should run and better understand the game and take what's given.

Mostly, though, the new manager stressed the need to have constant mental focus during the game, "When we're out there in the game, it's full go, full alert. There's nothing relaxing about it at all. Like I told them, we want to be mentally exhausted after the game."

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