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Gibson wants Parra to harness aggressiveness

Gibson wants Parra to harness aggressiveness

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Gibson wants Parra to harness aggressiveness
PHOENIX -- The D-backs are used to taking the good with the bad from outfielder Gerardo Parra, but that's not to say the club still isn't trying to limit the mistakes that hinder his growth.

Parra tied a career-best with four hits in Saturday's 8-5 win against the Brewers, but he was picked off in the second inning with a runner on third and one out.

"That's part of what you get with him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "You don't want to make mistakes like that, and certainly it's something you try to address."

Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke caught Parra running on his first move. The next batter, Aaron Hill, ended the scoring threat with a groundout, stranding the runner on third.

"There's an advantage to not going," Gibson said. "You can influence pitch selection and add pressure to the guy throwing over to first thinking you're going to go. There's a whole other part to the game. Certainly some pitchers are uncomfortable with that, and you've got to understand that. You've got to learn. Last night, we had enough pressure on Greinke. We had him going. There's no reason to take off on a timing move. That was part of the overaggressiveness."

While the D-backs want to help Parra better evaluate situations on the basepaths, they don't want to take away his aggressive nature completely.

"He's developing as a player. It's part of what goes along with it," Gibson said. "The other way is to be very passive on the bases. It's a fine line. That's not something we're interested in doing. We don't want to mistakes like that, don't get me wrong. We shouldn't make those mistakes."

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