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D-backs hope LA trip offers another spark

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs are hoping that history repeats itself.

A year ago Monday, Arizona was 15-22 and had lost five consecutive games by one run when it faced Chad Billingsley at Dodger Stadium.

The D-backs managed just one hit in that game but wound up winning, 1-0, as Josh Collmenter picked up the win in his first Major League start.

"At the time when it's going on you're not really paying attention to it," Collmenter said. "Especially since it was my first start, I was just focusing on getting outs and see how long I could go. At the end, I looked up and was like, wow, we only had one hit."

The D-backs could certainly use a boost right about now. They are 15-20 and had dropped nine of their previous 11 games.

"Who knows if it's today or tomorrow or whatever, but we're going to continue to push through it, battle through it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "In the end we'll get it together, we'll play better baseball, we'll get into sync as a team and we'll have a good time."

The D-backs apparently had some fun Sunday night after arriving in Los Angeles. Gibson said a number of players and staff met up after dinner.

"We rallied together for a nightcap and had some good conversations," he said.

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs are hoping that history repeats itself.

A year ago Monday, Arizona was 15-22 and had lost five consecutive games by one run when it faced Chad Billingsley at Dodger Stadium.

The D-backs managed just one hit in that game but wound up winning, 1-0, as Josh Collmenter picked up the win in his first Major League start.

"At the time when it's going on you're not really paying attention to it," Collmenter said. "Especially since it was my first start, I was just focusing on getting outs and see how long I could go. At the end, I looked up and was like, wow, we only had one hit."

The D-backs could certainly use a boost right about now. They are 15-20 and had dropped nine of their previous 11 games.

"Who knows if it's today or tomorrow or whatever, but we're going to continue to push through it, battle through it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "In the end we'll get it together, we'll play better baseball, we'll get into sync as a team and we'll have a good time."

The D-backs apparently had some fun Sunday night after arriving in Los Angeles. Gibson said a number of players and staff met up after dinner.

"We rallied together for a nightcap and had some good conversations," he said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.