CINCINNATI -- Esmerling Vasquez can dazzle with his stuff, but also frustrate with his inconsistency.
It was the latter emotion that D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson felt when the right-hander came on in relief during Wednesday's 7-5 loss and allowed the Reds to pick up an insurance run when he allowed a double and hit a batter to force in a run.
Right after that he easily fanned slugger Jay Bruce to end the inning.
"When he finds his arm slot, he's got great stuff, but sometimes it takes him a while to find it," Gibson said. "He's gone through stretches where he's done very well."
But when you come into a game as a reliever, you don't often have time to ease your way into things.
"When you come into a game, it's time," Gibson said. "That's something he's going to have to figure out to stick, really."
D-backs interview five for GM position
CINCINNATI -- The D-backs concluded interviews with five general manager candidates Wednesday in Phoenix.
Interim GM Jerry Dipoto, former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, Dodgers assistant GM De Jon Watson and Angels scouting director Eddie Bane were those interviewed. The D-backs had wanted to talk with Yankees VP of scouting Damon Oppenheimer, but were denied permission to do so by the Yankees.
It is not known if there will be any further candidates interviewed or how long it will be before the D-backs make a decision.
D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall has declined comment throughout the process saying only that he hoped to have a permanent GM in place by the end of the season.
However, it would seem the D-backs could have one in place by next week unless they decide to interview more candidates or do another round of interviews.
Dipoto and Towers were seen as the frontrunners when the process began.
D-backs right-hander Brandon Webb will likely throw again Friday in Pittsburgh, but interim manager Kirk Gibson said it had not been decided whether Webb would face hitters in a simulated game or if he would throw another bullpen session. Webb is still hoping to get into a game or two in relief before the end of the season. ... Juan Gutierrez has converted nine straight saves. ... Stephen Drew has a seven-game hitting streak. ... With nine road games remaining, the D-backs have 24 road wins, second-fewest in franchise history behind the 2004 team which won 22 road games and went 51-111 overall. The expansion team in 1998 had 31 road wins. ... The D-backs now have struck out 1,373 times this year. That is the third highest total ever and just 26 away from the Major League record of 1,399 set by the 2001 Brewers. The D-backs have now three of the top 11 all-time strikeout seasons. The 2009 team ranks 10th all-time, while the '08 club is 11th.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.