07/05/10 4:10 PM ET
Norberto shows some moxie in return
By Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
Norberto, who replaced Dontrelle Willis on the 25-man roster on Sunday morning, came on to pitch the ninth inning with the D-backs down, 3-1, the same afternoon.
It didn't start well. Pinch-hitters Reed Johnson doubled and Ronnie Belliard grounded out to the right side of the infield to push Johnson to third base. Los Angeles was on the verge of extending its advantage before the D-backs' last at-bats.
"The thing I like most is his composure," Gibson said. "Here he's got a guy on second base, they get him over, we put the pitchout on and he got him. He [nodded] his head and threw it. He's got a guy on third base, he's a young kid; he's got to be thinking, 'God, I'm going to throw a fastball or whatever.' All of a sudden, he looks down there and sees 'pitchout.' So that's good execution."
Gibson was recalling the Norberto-Miguel Montero battery, with the Dodgers' A.J. Ellis squared to bunt, catching Johnson in a rundown between third base and home plate.
"When we were in Spring Training, we were working on [pitchers' fielding practice] and some basestealing stuff -- in the past, he had a hard time with that," Gibson said. "We would [mess] with him and stuff, and he did really good well in Spring Training and he did really well with that situation yesterday.
"He kind of fed off it. He threw the ball pretty good after getting that second out, didn't he?"
Norberto responded by striking Ellis out on a 3-2, 94-mph fastball.
Enright trying to follow Haren's lead again
PHOENIX -- These Pepperdine University pitchers can flat-out hit.
D-backs fans are already familiar with staff ace Dan Haren and his all-world .408 batting average. But new No. 5 starter Barry Enright, also a capable slugger from the same college, may require an introduction.
"He's a lot to live up to," joked Enright, who takes the ball Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. "We'll see."
Both pitchers played collegiately for the Waves, Haren from 1999-2001 and Enright from 2005-07. As a junior, Haren not only went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA for the Southern California program, he also batted .308 with five home runs and 47 RBIs.
Enright, meanwhile, didn't register an at-bat but recorded six more career wins, 35, than Haren to rank second on the school's all-time list. And he started using the lumber once he turned pro: Before his callup last week, Enright was hitting .356 with nine extra-base hits (one dinger) and five RBIs in 68 career at-bats at Double-A Mobile.
Though the hitting hurlers are five-and-a-half years apart in age, they also both arrived in Arizona in 2007, Haren as the key piece in a December trade from the Athletics and Enright as a second-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
"He was a great guy to meet in Spring Training," Enright said. "He came to me after my starts and told me, 'Great job' and talked to me about a few things, asked me a few things about Pepperdine and alumni games."
In his first week in the Major Leagues, Enright has actually had more managers (two) than at-bats (one). Aside from his fourth-inning sacrifice bunt on Wednesday in St. Louis, the 24-year-old right-hander allowed just one run on four hits over five innings to earn his first victory in the Majors. He'll chase his second win (and his first big league hit) Tuesday against the Cubs.
"It's starting to sink in now," Enright said. "The first few days, it was kind of surreal. ... To be with these guys now, to be in this clubhouse, it's a pretty special feeling."
In interim D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson's fourth lineup, Stephen Drew dropped from his usual second slot in the batting order to seventh Monday. Drew had been slated seventh or lower to start a game just once before this season, on May 9. He was displaced by new leadoff man Chris Young and No. 2 hitter Kelly Johnson. Gibson said not to read too much into the unfamiliar formation. ... Rusty Ryal, who committed two errors in the D-backs' six-error Saturday loss to the Dodgers, said the official scorer's ruling on his first miscue (he wasn't able to backhand a well-struck ground ball) lacked correct judgment but said his second (a flawed flip to Rodrigo Lopez at first base) was his own "blatant" mistake. "If you're doing everything you can to make the play, errors are going to happen. It's baseball," he said. "You're not going to go through a season and not have a game like that." Ryal entered Saturday with two errors in 21 career games at the corner-infield spot. ... Gibson compared Mark Reynolds' career struggles (0-for-5 with five Ks entering Monday) against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol to his own (1-for-16 with eight strikeouts) opposing Hall of Fame closer Goose Gossage, who he eventually homered off of in the 1984 World Series. "Reynolds, he owes that guy. ... Someday, you've got to want to get that guy ... the last giggle, that's what it's about."
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.