PHOENIX -- Another day, another closer.
If only for one night, side-arming Brad Ziegler stepped into a ninth-inning role Thursday and earned the save that secured a much-needed win for the Diamondbacks, a 5-3 victory over the Brewers.
"I knew we were going to bring 'Ziggy' in," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He got the job done."
It was less than 24 hours earlier that Gibson fumed over his bullpen's inability to lock down a game. Heath Bell had blown his fifth save, the D-backs' league-leading 19th, in an eventual 14-inning loss to the Dodgers. Entering Thursday's game, Gibson had no anointed closer and planned to determine his relievers' usage based on the situation.
It turned out to be Ziegler, who had been given a heads-up to be ready to close and was happy to do it.
"It's fun," Ziegler said. "You get a big adrenaline rush. Obviously I didn't want to start off with a hit batter, put the tying run at the plate right away, but I just tried to rely on my defense and get the...