Arizona struck out six times against Rockies pitching in its 3-1 win on Tuesday night. First baseman Adam LaRoche going down swinging in the sixth inning against starter Jorge De La Rosa represented the club's 1,400th whiff on the season, eclipsing the 2001 Brewers' mark of 1,399.
Mark Reynolds, Miguel Montero and Ryan Roberts each struck out in Tuesday's final two innings to bring the unsightly total to 1,403. The D-backs have 11 more games this season to extend that number even further.
"If we were breaking the record when we were in first place, I'd be all for it. That's not the case," interim skipper Kirk Gibson said of his last-place club (60-91). "I'm not going to talk about that; these guys come out here, they prepare, they've tried to make adjustments, they've busted their tails right to the end, up to this day, and I'm not going to bag on them."
Gibson did acknowledge, though, that Arizona's bugaboo in the batter's box is among a range of issues that need to be addressed entering the 2011 season. After all, five of his nine regular starters -- Reynolds (202), LaRoche (157), Justin Upton (152), Chris Young (134) and Kelly Johnson (133) -- have at least 100 strikeouts. All five, with the possible exception of first baseman LaRoche, are expected back in 2011.
"If you looked at the whole team looking into next year, you obviously have to look at some of your weaknesses and adjust that; no question," Gibson said. "I don't want to go through this again. There's many things that you have to think about making adjustments on."