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."