Monday, May 30, 2011

Gibson, Trammell certainly on same page

By Anthony Fenech / | 05/30/11

PHOENIX -- The pressure was off D-backs manager Kirk Gibson as he sat in his office in the top of the seventh inning Sunday, a few innings after being ejected by home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.

There was one out, Henry Blanco was on first base and pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs was at the plate with the D-backs trailing by a run.

"I was just sitting there playing manager, no pressure on me now," Gibson said. "And thought it was a good time to hit-and-run."

Bench coach Alan Trammell thought the same and put the play in effect.

"That's how scary it is," Gibson said about the communication between him and Trammell.

An inning later, with first baseman Xavier Nady due up with two outs and the tying run on second base, Trammell stuck with the veteran.

"It was a no-brainer," Gibson said. "I wouldn't have even considered taking him out, because part of the way I want to develop this team is that I want everybody to be involved."

Nady doubled, scoring Ryan Roberts and Chris Young, and the D-backs took the lead and claimed a 4-2 victory over the Astros.

"We communicate well," Gibson said. "Things are kind of clicking right now -- the trick is to keep them that way."

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