Chris Young hit .303 with seven extra-base hits and eight RBIs in the D-backs' 7-3 homestand despite taking an 0-for-4 against New York
Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday in a 5-1 loss.
Young had a three-run homer in an 8-2 victory over Houston a week ago and followed that with a two-run
homer in a 6-2 victory over Colorado on Tuesday.
"I'm seeing the ball a little better. Recognizing pitches early, getting more consistent at-bats and
just trying to take advantage of them. You try not to let the outside influences get in your head too much.
You trust that if you continue to get your work in, everything will be all right," Young said. "I'm just
trying to relax and have fun and play the game."
Young is the D-backs' best defensive outfielder as it is, and his bat would only lengthen a lineup that
is fourth in the NL in runs scored and second in OPS. He has had a disjointed year. Young had five homers
and 13 RBIs in his first 10 games before suffering a slight tear in a shoulder ligament when he collided
with the fence in left-center field while catching Pedro Alvarez's long fly ball on April 17. He rushed
back at the D-backs' request, and it took time and a lot of work to find his stroke.
"He was on such a roll when he went out. I told you guys I thought he came back a little too early, but
we asked him to. That's the kind of guy he is, the kind of teammate he is," Gibson said.
"He's tried to get back to where he was. He's slowly fought his way through. He's not going to run from
anything. He wouldn't tell you if he was hurt. You have to figure it out for yourself. He doesn't care how
bad things are in the field at the plate, he just would never give in."
Gibson said part of Young's recent success is due to a technical adjustment that enables him to stay on
pitches on the outside corner better, but Young said a lot of it has to do with slowing the game down and
letting it come to him.
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