4/6/2014 4:15 P.M. ET
Good execution yields poor results
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
DENVER -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson went back and looked at the video from Saturday night's play in which the Rockies' DJ LeMahieu scored from first on Carlos Gonzalez's single to right to try to see if there was anything his defense could have done to prevent it.
Gibson's verdict? No.
"They pressed the issue and they did a heck of a job on it," Gibson said of the fifth-inning hit that gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish in a 9-4 win.
The play was a perfect storm of sorts with LeMahieu running on the pitch and Gonzalez hitting the ball through the defensive shift the D-backs set up.
Right fielder Gerardo Parra had to run to his right to field the ball and then turn his body and fire to shortstop Chris Owings at second.
Owings was positioned to make a tag at second in case Gonzalez was trying for a double on the play, meaning that he had to turn his body to throw to the plate.
In the end, despite on target throws from Parra and Owings, LeMahieu was safe even without catcher Miguel Montero dropping the ball.
"We got to the ball as quickly as we could, took our time, made sure we made a good, strong, accurate throw," Gibson said. "Owings did a pretty good job, made a good throw. It was right there and LeMahieu would have beat it anyway, I believe."
Rockies third-base coach Stu Cole, who made the aggressive decision to wave LeMahieu home, had a little different take on the play.
"When I noticed that Parra was kind of taking his time getting to that ball in the gap, and then he threw the ball to second, I knew we had to try," Cole said. "And DJ did a great job because he was running hard all the way. And once [Parra] threw to second base, I was sending him all the way. DJ gets a lot of credit because he never slowed up. And with him being off on the pitch, it put things in motion."
D-backs laud Goldschmidt's hit streak
DENVER -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt saw his hitting streak come to an end at 26 games on Saturday night.
While Goldschmidt did not pay attention to the streak while it was going on, his teammates acknowledged the accomplishment.
"I have a hard time getting hits in two straight games," outfielder Mark Trumbo said with a smile. "It's an incredible feat. It's a testament to how good his approach is."
Goldschmidt's streak dated back to last season, and it was the second longest in franchise history behind Luis Gonzalez's 30-game streak in 1999.
While hitting in 26 straight games might be impressive, it still was 30 shy of Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio's 56-game streak from 1941.
DiMaggio's streak is considered one of baseball's unbreakable records.
"There have been a lot of people trying to break that," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I know, obviously in our lifetime, it probably won't happen. I don't even know how to comprehend it, to be honest with you."
• With a the rough start, the D-backs' coaching staff has been vigilant about players trying to do too much to try to get the team going.
"There's a danger in talking about things too much," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Everybody is trying to figure out what they can do differently to help us win ballgames. I don't feel like anybody is making any excuses. We just haven't executed very well, for whatever reason. Guys are trying, probably overthinking a bit, and it's not coming very natural."
• Reliever Will Harris has had a couple of rough outings after a strong 2013 season and an effective spring.
"He's pitched well for us in the past, and he'll turn it around," Gibson said.
• The D-backs had the lowest Fan Cost Index ($126.89) in Major League Baseball for the eighth consecutive season. The Fan Cost Index is compiled by Team Marketing Report and represents the expected cost for a family of four to attend a game. Included in the figure are four average tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking for one car, two programs and two adult-sized hats.