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Changes Noticeable In Gibson’s First Game as Manager

By Scott Allen

It’s a nice start for the Kirk Gibson Arizona Diamondbacks, as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night 12-5.  Right way, you know things would be different, other than the obvious of a new skipper on the bench.

Chris Young hit lead off last night.  That move paid off in a  big way.  Young was a triple shy of the cycle.  He went 3-5 with five RBI with a stolen base.  Speaking of stolen bases, the Dbacks were off an running.  They swiped three bases and were caught stealing on two other occasions.  That’s five attempts for those of you counting at home.  Clearly, Kirk Gibson’s Dbacks are going to be more aggressive.

Edwin Jackson wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was in his last outing, lasting only five innings.  However Gibson managed the pitching staff just fine on Friday night.  He left Jackson in long enough to get a victory.  The bullpen gave up just one run in the final four innings on just five hits.  That in itself is quite an accomplishment.

We know every night won’t work out as great as last night did, however it is clear this team is going to respond to Gibson differently than it did to fired manager A.J. Hinch.  Gibson will have different expectations.  Fans will have different expectations.  if Friday’s game was any indication, the future may be bright for these Dbacks after all.