Risky move doesn't pay off for D-backs
Hinch takes a chance to try to jumpstart his team
LOS ANGELES -- It was an unconventional move, but when you are in the midst of a long losing streak like the D-backs are, you do whatever you can.
In the eighth inning on Tuesday night with the game scoreless, Conor Jackson led off with a single to center. Arizona manager A.J. Hinch then had catcher Chris Snyder lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Jackson into scoring position for pitcher Dan Haren.
"I'm generally not going to do that, but I wanted to give us two at-bats with a guy on second base, give us every opportunity," Hinch said. "I was never going to hit for Haren. I felt like one run would have been enough. It didn't work out. I think those are the desperation moves that are a little out of the ordinary, but our entire team, staff and players alike are trying to find some way to shake this up to get a win at the end of the night."
The move did not pay off as Haren flew out and the Dodgers then brought in lefty Hong-Chih Kuo who got Kelly Johnson to ground out to end the inning.
"I was surprised," Haren said of the move. "But that said, we put a guy in scoring position and get two chances to get a run. So I can see where they were coming from and I did my best to put together a good AB."
Drew mum on Tuesday's dustup
LOS ANGELES -- On Wednesday, Stephen Drew did not want to talk about his dustup with Russell Martin from the night before.
"It's over and done with," is all Drew would say.
The Arizona shortstop was miffed when Martin slid over the base with both his feet in the air and seemed to kick out at Drew.
"He went hard, late," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of Martin. "He's done that before. You know last time we were here he spiked Conor Jackson at first base coming back on a double play, so it's not the first time he's done it. Pretty hard-nosed -- players sometimes take exception to those. I've said it before, players police themselves in those situations so I don't fault anybody for reacting to their emotions and taking a stand."
After it happened Drew told Martin he did not appreciate it and when Martin said something back both benches and bullpens emptied, though there were no punches thrown and no pushing and shoving either.
"Just a hard slide," Martin said. "Looking at the replay, I kind of slipped through the bag a little bit. I caught his foot, caught a cleat on his foot. He didn't like that, he just expressed his disagreement. I just told him I'm playing the game hard. There's really nothing personal there."
Center fielder Chris Young, who was sprinting from his position to back up the throw to second was right in the middle of the action before anyone else on the field.
"Our team is a close knit group, so we are going to defend ourselves," Hinch said. "A lot of times, whether it's yelling at umpires or disagreements between teams, these things get heightened when you're going through the roller coaster ride we're on. Sometimes when things like that boil over, it springboards you to better things. So I'm glad CY got there, I'm glad that our guys showed that they were going to stand up for each other. I wish it would have ended up in a momentum swing that would have ended in our favor."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.