After Josh Collmenter lasted just four innings in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Padres, Zach Duke, Ryan Cook and Brad Ziegler combined to pitch five innings of one-run ball while keeping Arizona in the game. The bolstered bullpen has perhaps been the D-backs' biggest improvement this season. In 2010, Arizona's bullpen lost 32 games and compiled a 5.74 ERA, both marks were the worst in the Majors. This year, though, the relief crew has kept its ERA to 3.75 and has a 20-15 record. "It's certainly one of the elements [in what's happened this year]. No question about it," Gibson said Friday. "When [closer J.J. Putz] was on the disabled listed, David [Hernandez] came in and was perfect. When we've had the lead in the eighth inning or after, we've been exceptional. Basically, what we're doing is shortening our game. There's stability. It makes it much easier to manage." Putz has converted 17 straight saves since July 27 and is two shy of reaching 40. Dodgers: Ethier set for Wednesday surgery
Outfielder Andre Ethier is slated to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He'll then likely rehab for a week before heading to his home in Arizona to continue rehab with former Dodgers physical therapist Sue Falsone. Ethier expects to be ready for Spring Training next year. "It doesn't sound like it's major," said manager Don Mattingly. "This will give him the most time to have a normal offseason as far as training." Worth noting
Dodgers closer Javy Guerra, who saved Saturday night's win despite a split fingernail, was not available on Sunday, but Mattingly said it won't affect the way he'll use Guerra going forward. Mattingly said the Dodgers are done with callups for the rest of the year in an attempt to get playing time for the players already on the team. D-backs outfielder Chris Young stole his 20th base Sunday to give him at least 20 for the third time in his career. Justin Upton stole his 21st base, a new career-high.