Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  By RANDY HILL  |  Last updated 8/14/13
PHOENIX From walk-off hero to seat on the bench in less than 48 hours, Diamondbacks rookie center fielder Adam Eaton can now fully relate to the fickle nature of baseball fortune. Eaton's comeuppance was tucked inside Tuesday nights 11-inning walk-off victory over the Orioles, the second in a row for the never-say-die Diamondbacks. Eaton, was the hero in the first of the two walk-offs, homering into the Chase Field pool to win Mondays game in the ninth inning. But batting in the 10th inning on Tuesday night, he didnt exactly turn on the jets after hitting what became an inning-ending double-play grounder. TV cameras captured Eaton noticeably slowing while running toward first base, then speeding up to try to beat the relay throw. Replays seemed to indicate that he beat the throw, but he was called out on a bang-bang play. Eaton remained in the game, but Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday it was only because he did not have any outfielders on his bench. "If I had another player, I would have removed him from the game, Gibson said. Eaton was not in the starting lineup for Wednesdays series finale. Im not going to tell you why, Gibson said before going deeper into the play and Eatons overall approach. Eaton was not in the clubhouse when reporters were allowed access before the games 12:40 start. But Gibson had a lot to say good and bad. He didnt hustle last night, Gibson said before acknowledging that Eatons effort issue was a function of frustration and disappointment. Hes a very emotional player, he's young, Gibson said of Eaton, 24, who was 0 for 5 by the end of his double-play excursion. Its not something hell do again Ill guarantee you that. Hes a great kid. These are growing pains; this is part of what makes him good as well. You dont want to bury the kid. Eaton is one of the teams grinders and quickest base runners, and Tuesday night's double play came as Paul Goldschmidt was preparing his stroll to home plate. Goldschmidt had homered in the ninth to tie the game, and then homered in the 11th to win it. He just kind of pouted his way down to first base, Gibson said. He forgot he was in the big leagues. You just cant do that. The kid cares a lot. He does things like that from time to time. Hes got a little to learn, hell learn a lot along the way. Well be patient with him. In the meantime, the D-backs provided Gibson with another outfield option by bringing up 27-year outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno. Campana hit .293 in 102 games with the Aces and swiped 32 bases in 40 attempts. Its an elite tool that he possesses, Gibson said of Campanas speed. Has energy creates havoc.
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