D-backs vow to 'power through' early struggles

D-backs vow to 'power through' early struggles

PHOENIX -- Even though the D-backs sit at 14-16 after losing three straight and five of their last six games, manager Kirk Gibson is still seeing good things from his team despite the poor results.

"We're not far away, you have to keep it in perspective," he said. "But we have to take control of it. There are no excuses. We stick together, come out here with a good attitude, positive energy and tonight might be the night."

The D-backs were also 14-16 last season and dropped to 15-22 before winning 15 of their next 17 contests. But despite the positives, it doesn't mean the club isn't getting restless.

"Everybody gets frustrated," Gibson said. "We haven't played well, and nobody is happy with that. We've lost some games recently where we've made some mistakes and it has cost us dearly. Everybody is trying hard. But you can't start feeling sorry for yourself because we haven't been as successful as we want to be. The only way to get out of it is to power through it."

The D-backs were out on the field 40 minutes early Tuesday to try to correct and work on things in the batting cage.

"We're a good team, we have a good makeup and we'll get on track," Gibson said. "Right now we're scuffling, but there's a very good determination around the clubhouse."