LOS ANGELES - Did the Diamondbacks win the first two games of their series in LA? Yes. Did they win the series? No. Arizona split the series with the Dodgers. Perfect.
Perfectly fitting for a team that can’t decide what it wants to be this season. Do the D-backs truly want to contend? Or do the D-backs want to do the ole ‘Cave & Wave?’ (cave in and wave the white flag.) Apparently it’s neither. Instead, from all indications, the D-backs prefer to meander and flounder and hover around .500 all season.
After a 5-4 loss on Sunday where closer J.J. Putz blew his first save since May by allowing a game-winning two-run double by Adrian Gonzalez, Kirk Gibson might as well be the father of the underachieving teenager who yells – “what do you want to do with your life?!” So far, all #GibbyBall gets from his clubhouse is a collective shrug of the shoulders.
“When you lose a game like this, you start being picky,” Gibson said. “J.J. didn't make a very good pitch on Gonzalez 0-2. He tried to put something out of the strike zone, but he left it over the middle and you saw what happened. It hurts. This one stings. It's a big, big loss for us."
Especially since the “D” in D-backs stands for “deficit,” which, to borrow from Gibson, can only be described by the words “big, big.” Or maybe the “D” stands for “double-digits,” because Arizona finds itself 10 1/2 games back of a San Francisco Giants team they will visit starting on Labor Day.
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