Kirk Gibson performed another miracle Friday night.
He got the Arizona Diamondbacks to win a game.
OK, so maybe this didn't equal hitting the most famous home run in Los Angeles Dodgers history, but it was something. Gibson guided his last-place club to a 12-5 victory over the Dodgers at Chase Field in his first game as the Diamondbacks' interim manager.
Gibson's victorious debut fell on a day the Dodgers learned they will be without Manny Ramirez through the All-Star break, as they made plans to place him on the 15-day disabled list today.
Hiroki Kuroda, who recently was praised by manager Joe Torre for his consistency, had his worst start of the season. He was battered by the Diamondbacks for six runs and eight hits in 12/3 innings, his worst start of the season.
In a pregame news conference, Gibson wouldn't say whether he agreed with previous manager A.J. Hinch's decision to let Edwin Jackson finish the no-hitter against the Rays in which he threw 149 pitches. "We can say he's in shape to go 150 [pitches] tonight. We stretched him out good, didn't we?" Gibson said.
He said his first day as manager was memorable. "I felt it was like my first major-league game again. I don't know how many people get to have that feeling. It was, like, euphoric."- AP