Hinch, D-backs keep positive mood

Hinch, D-backs keep positive mood

PHOENIX -- Manager A.J. Hinch reiterated that the D-backs remain upbeat despite their bad stretch on this homestand.

"There is no real good way to describe going through these little pitfalls," said Hinch, whose team has lost four in a row at home to fall to the bottom of the National League West. "The best thing you can do is persevere and push through it. We are the ones who are going to have to change it. It's a matter of making adjustments and continuing to push on."

The bullpen has taken the brunt of the blame in the early going, but the offense -- which has scored six runs or more 12 times -- has disappeared with a propensity to strikeout (41 times in the four-game losing streak).

"We have guys who are going to strike out," he said. "When it happens in bunches, it is pretty ugly and that affects our team offense."

The D-backs have flirted with .500 the past couple of weeks, last reaching it on April 29 at 11-11, but have not been over since April 15 when they were 5-4 and in the midst of losing a series to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Hinch said it isn't necessarily a sign of what the summer is going to be like in Arizona.

"I have a hard time thinking these 30-plus games into the season we have to automatically know what is going to happen over the next 130," he said. "There is a lot of baseball left to be played. Now we've had some opportunities, we've blown some leads, we've played very sporadic."