D-backs flashing improved leather in June

D-backs flashing improved leather in June

D-backs flashing improved leather in June
PHOENIX -- In the D-backs' first 47 games of the season, the club committed 30 errors and ranked near the bottom of the National League in team fielding.

Now a month later, the team has just two errors in its last 24 contests, moving the D-backs to the top of the NL in fielding percentage at .988. Their 32 total errors are tied for second fewest in the Majors.

"Guys have slowed down and are playing the game well in all aspects," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "They are just pretty dang good, that's the way it's supposed to be, that's what you strive for. It's hard to say why things click, but knock on wood, we've picked it up pretty good."

In the middle of their defensive resurgence, the D-backs set a franchise record with 114 2/3 consecutive innings without an error that ended June 10.

"Guys just get more comfortable in positions," Gibson said. "We constantly talk and teach and try to learn by mistakes. Sometimes you make errors when you try to make great plays. We don't want to make great plays, great plays just come, it's a natural reaction. Take your out, don't try to rush something and throw it away."

The team credits much of the recent success with the extra work put in before games in taking grounders and working on footwork.

"Our coaches are tireless in preparing," Gibson said. "They have a great pregame routine, they all do it, and it's pushed by our leadership."