04/13/12 2:46 AM ET
Kubel gets crack at second spot in order
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
It worked out again for Kubel in Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Padres as he doubled home Willie Bloomquist in the sixth inning to give the D-backs a 2-1 lead.
"I take the same approach that I would any place else," Kubel said. "Today that's all we needed with Ian [Kennedy] out there."
D-backs look to improve clutch hitting
SAN DIEGO -- In their first five games this year, the D-backs have struggled to hit with runners in scoring position.Arizona ranks last in the National League in batting average during those situations, with six hits in 45 at-bats for a .133 average. "We've had guys in scoring position and haven't been able to get them in," manager Kirk Gibson said. "You look at at-bats sometimes with nobody on and at-bats with somebody on, and they're a little different. We've got to do a better job of controlling it." By controlling it, Gibson is referring to his hitters not getting overeager in those situations. "We have to learn how to kind of stay within yourself in those situations," Gibson said. "Especially when a guy is on third and you've got less than two outs. That's the easiest thing you could want. A lot of times they bring the infield in. You've got to turn it where you're not feeling the pressure. The pressure is on them."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.