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Gibson allows frustration, for one night

Gibson allows frustration, for one night


PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is usually pretty good when it comes to keeping his emotions in check during his postgame press conferences. But after watching his team struggle at the plate Monday afternoon he let his frustration out.

"The offense on this homestand has not been good," Gibson said. "You'd have to ask them; I'm not sure why. Everybody isn't Cy Young, and sometimes you've got to beat Cy Young. You've got to figure out a way to do it. That part's disappointing."

By Tuesday's pregame session with reporters, Gibson was back to his old self.

"My comments yesterday, I think they were frustrated, and I was frustrated," Gibson said. "I think I was pretty clear about the fact that they still may beat you, but you need to maybe make them work a little differently; you have to have more confidence in waiting them out for better pitches, specifically the double plays."

Gibson was frustrated Monday by double plays hit into by Gerardo Parra and Wil Nieves.

"Parra pulled a first-pitch ground ball on the outside part of the plate," Gibson said. "That's what they wanted him to do. That's frustrating. Wil Nieves did the same. Sometimes you've just got to try and extend them, get some pitches on their arm and try and get them to start making mistakes. We got pressure on him, and they took him out right away. I was a little frustrated. I usually hold it in, but I'm good to go today."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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