The PCL has long been known as a league that is tough on pitchers given the altitude of some of the parks as well as the configurations of some of the ballparks.
• After putting together a 1.42 ERA in five starts for Double-A Mobile, right-hander Zeke Spruill was promoted to Reno.
In his first start for Reno, he tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one unearned run.
"He keeps the ball down, throws strikes, good sinker, good split," Towers said. "I think we're still undecided if he's a starter or a reliever. I think he could do either."
• Heading into Monday's game, the D-backs had played the toughest schedule in the Majors based on opponent's winning percentage.
The D-backs' opponents had a .545 winning percentage, ahead of the Rays (.544) and Cardinals (.540).
"We beat some great teams," Gibson said. "We need to play consistent baseball, execute at all ends -- offensively, defensively, on the bases. We've got to get our mojo back a little bit."
• Gibson is among the 77 players and five coaches who are eligible for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this year. Gibson was a standout wide receiver at Michigan State University.
"I don't care," Gibson said about the nomination. "I want to win tonight. It's not a goal of mine. I'd rather be a world champion."
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