9/6/2013 2:13 A.M. ET
D-backs looking to give Owings start soon
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Owings understands his situation as a September callup and appreciates the opportunity just to be in the D-backs' clubhouse.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson wants to get him a little more involved and said his time may come this weekend against the Giants.
"We're looking for somewhere in this series," Gibson said. "He's made a couple of pinch-hits and he's getting a lot of ground balls at second base to get him comfortable. We'll try to play him where he's more comfortable but we have a lot of shortstops."
It's easy to see why Gibson wants to get a look at Owings, ranked as the D-backs' No. 3 prospect by MLB.com. He was the Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year, the second straight D-backs prospect to sweep the awards, following Adam Eaton last year.
Owings batted .330 with 12 home runs and 81 RBIs with the Reno Aces and appeared in the Futures Game during the All-Star celebration. He ranked second among all Minor League players with 180 hits and seventh with 104 runs.
Owings, who played some second base this year, said he's getting more comfortable.
"I feel like I've made progress," Owings said. "This is a good bunch of guys and I'm trying to take out of this what I can. It's a month of experience under my belt."
Owings is no stranger to the D-backs. He completed his third Major League Spring Training with the club this year and knows everybody.
"The biggest thing is really just seeing what guys do," Owings said. "It's a whole different aspect to me than Spring Training."
Gibson tossed after disputed play at home
SAN FRANCISCO -- Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was dressed and ready for the San Francisco nightlife after Thursday's game.
That was because he had some extra time to get ready.
Gibson was ejected from the D-backs' game with the San Francisco Giants for arguing a call by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion in the fourth inning.
"I thought he missed it," Gibson said. "He's a good umpire and that's a good crew, but when I was in the dugout a second conversation took place and he did what he had to do."
Luckily, the D-backs came back to win the game, 4-2, leaving Gibson in an upbeat mood.
Gibson was ejected for the third time this season, the first since June 11, and the 12th time in his career.
The argument revolved around a play where Pablo Sandoval was called safe at home after tagging up on Hector Sanchez's sacrifice fly to Gerardo Parra.
Parra's throw seemed to arrive in Miguel Montero's glove just as Sandoval ran into him, apparently dragging his foot across the corner of the plate. Both players fell to the ground and Sandoval, thinking the ball was still alive, tried to dive back toward the plate. Montero dove after him.
Gibson came out to argue the call and then headed back to the dugout. Hallion threw him out while he was in the dugout.
"I don't know if Sandoval was out or safe but that was still pretty impressive," D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist said.
Parra already threw out one Giants player at home, nailing Brandon Crawford, who was trying to score from second on Brandon Belt's single. Parra also threw out Belt trying to stretch a single. Gibson suggested that Parra could have had four guys thrown out on the bases had calls gone the other way.
Gibson appreciates Bloomquist's energy
SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Bloomquist plays with an edge and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson likes it.
Since returning from his latest stint on the disabled list, Bloomquist has 13 hits in 24 at-bats (.542) with four RBIs.
"People have doubted what he could do and he's always played with an edge against that," Gibson said. "He's very determined."
Bloomquist was in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Giants and will likely take Friday night's game off.
"He's 100 percent about going all the time," Gibson said. "He feels great but he hasn't played much lately. He plays with a lot of desire and energy."
Bloomquist, who singled in the bottom of the 10th Wednesday night, driving in Adam Eaton to give the D-backs their 13th walk-off win of the season, hit second against the Giants, with Eaton leading off.
"Willie is good hitting behind the runner," Gibson said.
Minor League teams doing well in playoffs
SAN FRANCISCO -- One team advanced to the next level, another took the first step and another is on the verge of advancing as three D-backs affiliates participated in postseason play Thursday.
Ender Inciarte singled home the go-ahead run as the Double-A Mobile BayBears edged the Mississippi Braves, 3-2, at Hank Aaron Stadium. Nick Evans drove in two runs as the BayBears took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series.
Archie Bradley allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings to gain the win. He walked one and struck out four.
The Class A South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League Eastern Division defeated the visiting Great Lake Loons, 5-1, to clinch their best-of-three series and advance to the division playoffs, also a best-of-three series.
The Silver Hawks will play the Fort Wayne TinCaps, who upset the Bowling Green Hot Rods in two games to reach the division playoffs. South Bend (81-58 in the regular season) had the choice of hosting Game 1 or Games 2 and 3. The Silver Hawks chose to host Games 2 and 3 against the Loons.
The Hot Rods entered the postseason with the best overall record in the Eastern Division.
Braden Shipley allowed an unearned run on two hits over seven innings to earn the win for the Silver Hawks. He walked three and struck out four. Socrates Brito hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to give South Bend a 4-1 advantage. Michael Perez also drove in two runs.
The Silver Hawks beat the Loons on Wednesday, 3-0.
In the California League playoffs, the Visalia Rawhide held a 1-0 advantage in its series with the Modesto Nuts entering play Thursday night.
• Left-hander Matt Reynolds threw a bullpen session before Thursday's game. He's currently on the 60-day disabled list with a partially torn UCL in his left elbow and last appeared in a game June 9.
• Right-hander J.J. Putz (dislocated finger on right hand) played catch again Thursday in Arizona but is not quite ready for a bullpen session. Gibson said he threw with tape on his fingers.
• Infielder Aaron Hill entered Thursday having hit safely in 19 of his last 25 games with an at-bat.
• Left-hander Joe Thatcher has held the Giants scoreless in 12 of 14 games at AT&T Park.
• Martin Prado's .362 average since the All-Star break is second in the NL.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.