Gibson raves over finely-turned double play

Gibson raves over finely-turned double play

PHOENIX -- Thursday's 3-hour, 48-minute win over the Rockies had plenty of dramatic moments.

But D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson had little trouble identifying his clear-cut favorite: Center fielder Chris Young tracking and catching a deep Melvin Mora fly ball, then hitting cutoff man Kelly Johnson, who flipped to first for a sixth-inning-ending double play.

"If the ball is in the air long enough, you keep your head on a swivel and check the runner," Johnson said. "CY got it in quick enough, and Adam [LaRoche] made a great pick. Got 'em by a hair."

It's a sequence Gibson has talked about on multiple occasions since taking the club's reins on July 2.

"Kelly immediately turned and threw to first, which tells me he had his head on a swivel or he had good communication from Stephen Drew," Gibson said. "He's either out or he's safe based upon that transaction or that transfer.

"Kelly got it. He didn't turn around and take a look; he knew. Those are the finer points of a game that will help you win. I love that play."