08/05/12 1:32 PM ET
Improving Parra still a work in progress
By Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
Arizona trailed 2-0 when Parra worked a two-out walk against Phillies' reliever Josh Lindblom. But even though the tying run was at the plate and the power-hitting Jason Kubel was on deck, Parra attempted to steal second. He was called out in a close play to end the inning, but the stolen base never should have been attempted in the first place.
"He knew he had the red light," Gibson said. "He just made a mistake. That's part of him learning how to harness his enthusiasm. He's trying to do well. My job is to help him have a better understanding of how the scoreboard dictates what you do and when you do it. We went through it."
Gibson noted how far the 25-year-old Venezuelan has come in his four seasons with the D-backs. This season, Parra is hitting .281 with 14 doubles and two triples in 89 games. But he's not a finished product, Gibson said.
"Overall, I couldn't be happier with Parra," Gibson said. "You'd never know if Parra was 5-for-5 or 0-for-5 on any given day. He brings it every day. He's a total team guy.
"He wants to do good. He's aggressive, which you could say, 'Would you rather have to get the cattle prod out and make him go, or would you rather have reins?' You'd rather have reins. You just have to teach him along the way."
Bloomquist remains sidelined with sore back
PHILADELPHIA -- After observing Willie Bloomquist on Saturday, manager Kirk Gibson didn't think he was ready to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Phillies. Bloomquist, who has been battling back pain, did not start for the fifth straight game on Sunday.
Bloomquist took ground balls and hit before Saturday's game. He did the same on Sunday. He could return for the D-backs upcoming series at Pittsburgh.
"I don't think he's ready," Gibson said before Sunday's game. "What I saw [Saturday], it was his first day on the field. I don't know if he's tentative, I don't think he's feeling a lot of pain. I just think he's still a little stiff. We'll see how he does it [Sunday]. I wanna be right about it."
Reynolds will start getting work at first base
The D-backs entered Sunday looking for their first series win in Philadelphia since May 28-30, 2007, when they swept the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Right-handed reliever Matt Albers made his D-backs debut in the eighth inning of Saturday's 3-0 loss. He struck out John Mayberry Jr., but allowed an RBI single to Domonic Brown before getting Erik Kratz to ground out to end the inning. Albers was acquired from the Red Sox just before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
By starting on Sunday, outfielder Chris Young moved into second place in D-backs history in games played, breaking a tie with Steve Finley. His 850 games played for Arizona trails only Luis Gonzalez, who played in 1,194 games for the D-backs.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.