The guys battled. It was good. That's the attitude we have. It doesn't matter what the score is or the situation, we are going to battle until the end, 27 outs, offensively or defensively. I was proud of the guys. - Chip Hale on the 9th Inning Rally
At this point in the young season, Diamondbacks' right-hander Josh Collmenter's spot in the starting rotation does not appeared threatened.
Conversely, his first two starts of the campaign have been tenuous at best, and his stature as the number one starter may not be as stable as other number ones in major league baseball.
The first week of the regular season is complete and D-backs manager Chip Hale continues to learn new things about his club. He's watching how his young players handle big situations. He's also keeping an eye on his veterans.
LATE-INNING SCARE: With the Dodgers ahead by seven runs, Manager Don Mattingly wanted to use the ninth inning to get some of his relievers some work. It nearly cost his team the game.
Egged on Sunday by reporters asking about the team's infield shifts, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly went on a pregame rant about the inability of today's hitters to use the entire field.
Former USA softball star Jennie Finch hosted Softball Day at Chase Field on Sunday and also threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.
Walk the Chase Field lower concourse and ask fans wearing Arizona Diamondbacks apparel to name a left-handed versatile outfielder from Venezuela, and they'll probably mention Gerardo Parra.
Two years ago there was a little to-do at Chase Field in Phoenix in which a group of fans were forced/asked/coerced/who knows to change into Diamondbacks gear because they were in front of the cameras in Dodgers gear and Dbacks' ownership didn't much care for that. The move was reportedly ordered directly from team owner Ken Kendrick who subsequently had an animated discussion with the fans about it.
Arizona (3-3) starts a seven-game trip after splitting six at home. The Diamondbacks failed to sweep a three-game set with the Dodgers, losing 7-4 on Sunday after a four-run ninth-inning rally wasn't enough.
The San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Monday at PETCO Park for game one of their NL West series.
The Padres and D-backs open a three-game series Monday at Petco Park. Andrew Cashner (0-1) will take the hill for the Padres and oppose Rubby De La Rosa (1-0), as both pitchers get their second turn in the rotation this season.
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