Jul 4, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT
It has not been a fun few days in Arizona.
On Thursday night the last-place club cleaned house, firing both manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes. Then, in an effort to pump new blood and excitement into the franchise, bench coach and 1988 World Series legend Kirk Gibson was named the Diamondbacks’ next manager.
Fast forward to Saturday night. The Diamondbacks committed a franchise-high six errors in a 14-1 loss to the division rival Dodgers and fell further out of contention in the National League West. Now 32-49, the underachieving D’Backs are 16 games out of first place.
It gets a tad worse. In the second inning Saturday, as clearly seen by this MLB.com video, Dodgers outfielder Xavier Paul drew a walk on only three balls against Arizona starter Rodrigo Lopez. Three balls. Not four. Three. That mistake triggered a six-run inning and the Gibson-led team was unable to overcome. When it rains, it pours.
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