PHOENIX -- When the Diamondbacks parted for the All-Star break, one of their stated goals was determining a bullpen configuration. They came out of it with Brad Ziegler as the closer.
Ziegler was given the D-backs' only save opportunity in the first four games following the break, and he converted it while giving up an unearned run in the ninth inning of a 3-1 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
"Kind of make my decision as it goes on within the game," manager Kirk Gibson said of identifying his closer, "although I did tell 'Ziggy' the other day I was thinking he would be that guy. That's kind of where I am right now.
"But if we're in the eighth inning and we've got two outs or one out and the bases are loaded, who is the best player on our team for that situation? It's Brad Ziegler. Bring him in and hope he gets the double-play ball, and maybe he goes out and throws the ninth."
The D-backs have 19 failed save conversions, tied with the Cubs for the most in the majors, and Gibso...