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|World Series 2001
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|10/22/2001 04:21 AM ET
|Juggling lineup pays off again for D-Backs
|By Steve Gilbert
ATLANTA -- Another day, another lineup change for Bob Brenly and the Arizona
Friday, Brenly decided to start Danny Bautista in center field instead of
Steve Finley. Despite the fact that Finley is batting .375 during the
postseason and hits Atlanta starter Tom Glavine well (.306), Brenly went with
Bautista, a .154 lifetime hitter against Glavine.
"Danny likes that ball out over the plate where he can extend his arms,"
Brenly said of Bautista, who is 0-for-6 during the postseason. "Tom Glavine
lives on that outside corner. The career numbers don't bear it out, but from
what I've seen of Danny in this postseason, the way he's swinging the bat
right now, I think this is our best chance to generate some numbers against
Tom Glavine. So Danny Bautista gets the nod in center."
JUST YOUR AVERAGE FAN: Brenly has watched the American League Championship
Series between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, but he hasn't been
scouting either club.
"I'm just watching those games like a fan," Brenly said. "Obviously, two
tremendous ballclubs, one with a very rich postseason history. The other one
that had maybe the single best season in the history of the game."
THE OTHER BRENLY STILL WORKING: Bob Brenly's son, Michael, has served as
batboy for the Diamondbacks during the NLCS. The 15-year-old though is
scheduled to be back in school beginning Monday.
Unless, of course, the D-Backs advance to the World Series and he can
convince his parents to let him miss another few days.
"I've got my mom leaning my way," Michael Brenly said. "We'll have to see,
I'm trying to tell them it's a once in a lifetime experience."
STARTING THE FLOOD:Arizona lefty Greg Swindell jokes that he should get the
credit for the D-Backs reaching the World Series for the first time in
"After I signed, we got Todd (Stottlemyre), Curt (Schilling), Randy (Johnson)
and (Mark) Grace," Swindell said. "I started the parade."
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Sure we had our opportunities out there tonight. But
that's why he gets paid the big bucks to get outs in clutch situations." --
Chipper Jones on Randy Johnson getting out of jams in Game 5.
STAT OF THE DAY: Including the regular season and playoffs, the
Diamondbacks won all six games at Turner Field and outscored the Braves 38-9.
STAT OF THE DAY: Erubiel Durazo, who hit a pinch-hit homer in the fifth
inning Sunday, has one other postseason hit -- a home run in Game 1 of the
1999 NL Division Series against the Mets.
|Bautista knocked in the first Arizona run with a single.
Bob Brenly is the first manager since Kansas City's Jim Frey in 1980 to
lead his team to the World Series as a rookie manager in his first full
season. He also became the first manager to lead his team to the World Series
after managing his first game in his rookie campaign since Cincinnati's
Sparky Anderson in 1970. Tommy Lasorda was the last manager to lead his club
to the World Series in the his first full season when he guided the 1977 Los
Angeles Dodgers to the World Series after having managed four games during
the 1976 season. ... Craig Counsell tied the NLCS record for most sacrifice
hits in a series when he laid down his second in the first inning. The record
is shared by several players. ... Mark Grace was lifted in the top of the
fifth inning because of a tight right hamstring.
Steve Gilbert is the site reporter for azdiamondbacks.com.