HOUSTON -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is obviously pleased with his team's results of late.
Following Friday's 7-6 comeback win against the Astros, the D-backs have won 10 of 11 and clawed their way to within 1 1/2 games of first-place San Francisco.
But what really has Gibson smiling these days is the way his team has won games.
After spending all spring working on things like running the bases, reading pitchers better and shutting down an opponent's running game, Gibson is seeing his team begin to execute those things.
In the recently completed four-game series against the Rockies, the D-backs stole nine bases and were caught just once.
"I just like the way we're playing the game, guys are more engaged in understanding who they can be," Gibson said before his team rallied from a 6-0 deficit on Friday. "I just think we're starting to understand more what our strengths are. I believe in trying to pressure people as much as we can."
So despite being over .500 and close to first place, Gibson still sees room for improvement and doesn't want his team to let up on the gas.
"We've got so far to go it's silly," Gibson said. "We were on a bad run, we're on a good run now, and we've just have to stay humble and respect these guys. They're playing pretty darn good, they're a pretty scrappy bunch themselves."