09/22/10 1:57 AM ET
D-backs set single-season strikeout record
By Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
Arizona struck out six times against Rockies pitching in its 3-1 win on Tuesday night. First baseman Adam LaRoche going down swinging in the sixth inning against starter Jorge De La Rosa represented the club's 1,400th whiff on the season, eclipsing the 2001 Brewers' mark of 1,399.
Mark Reynolds, Miguel Montero and Ryan Roberts each struck out in Tuesday's final two innings to bring the unsightly total to 1,403. The D-backs have 11 more games this season to extend that number even further.
"If we were breaking the record when we were in first place, I'd be all for it. That's not the case," interim skipper Kirk Gibson said of his last-place club (60-91). "I'm not going to talk about that; these guys come out here, they prepare, they've tried to make adjustments, they've busted their tails right to the end, up to this day, and I'm not going to bag on them."
Gibson did acknowledge, though, that Arizona's bugaboo in the batter's box is among a range of issues that need to be addressed entering the 2011 season. After all, five of his nine regular starters -- Reynolds (202), LaRoche (157), Justin Upton (152), Chris Young (134) and Kelly Johnson (133) -- have at least 100 strikeouts. All five, with the possible exception of first baseman LaRoche, are expected back in 2011.
"If you looked at the whole team looking into next year, you obviously have to look at some of your weaknesses and adjust that; no question," Gibson said. "I don't want to go through this again. There's many things that you have to think about making adjustments on."
Upton may be done for rest of season
PHOENIX -- Right fielder Justin Upton could be done playing ball in 2010.
D-backs interim skipper Kirk Gibson said as much Tuesday afternoon before his club's series opener with the Colorado Rockies.
Upton, who aggravated his stiff left shoulder on Aug. 30, has started just two of the Arizona's last 19 games. He served as a ninth-inning pinch-runner and stole a base in losses on Sept. 11 and 17.
"We're going to make sure," Gibson said, "there's not going to be any further damage."
Upton worked out at Chase Field on the club's off-day Monday and also prior to Tuesday's game.
The right fielder has averaged 126 games in his first three full MLB seasons.
"That's not enough for this team to be successful," Gibson said. "Not only by what he does, but how he affects other people."
Webb plans to face hitters Wednesday
PHOENIX -- Recovering right-hander Brandon Webb threw about 15 pitches on Tuesday afternoon and planned to face hitters at Chase Field on Wednesday.
"Just a touch-and-feel thing" in preparation, Webb said of his brief session.
Webb, who underwent shoulder surgery last summer, said he wanted to get a feel for his mechanics on Tuesday so that he did not have to waste time or pitches on Wednesday getting into a rhythm.
Webb hasn't pitched in a Major League ballgame since Opening Day 2009, but is holding out hope of making a relief appearance for the D-backs before this season expires.
D-backs prepare for 2011 All-Star Game
PHOENIX -- D-backs' representatives met Tuesday with about 25 Major League Baseball officials for a walk-through at Chase Field, the site of the 2011 All-Star Game.
The two sides, comprising those involved in areas including special events and broadcasting, will meet again over the coming months in preparation for the Midsummer Classic.
The D-backs also displayed publicly for the first time their All-Star Game logo above the press box at Chase Field. The logo had been released last month as part of the organization's season-ticket renewal package sent to fans.
Second baseman Kelly Johnson grounded out on a fastball in his first at-bat on Tuesday night, then sought another in his second. He guessed right, depositing the offering into the left-field stands. "I just wanted to go up and look for that first-pitch fastball and try not to miss it if I got a good one and, fortunately, I hit it hard; I got it," he said. ... The D-backs' attendance of 37,460 on Tuesday night was their largest in 11 home dates. The club has five more games at Chase Field this week and is within striking distace of welcoming its two-millionth fan to the ballpark this season. ... In the wake of Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin being impaled by a broken maple bat on Sunday, Gibson said that, without having the raw data at hand, he personally has seen enough of the use of maple in baseball. "That's my woodsman's opinion," said Gibson, who used to chop wood as a kid and noted the stark difference in strength between maple and ash. ... Gibson said he plans to keep his starting rotation on turn for the club's final 11 games. ... Triple-A Reno manager Brett Butler joined the D-backs at Chase Field prior to Tuesday's game. He is expected to serve as an ancillary coach during the current six-game homestand, but will not accompany the club on its six-game road trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.