This Day In Diamondbacks History: April 22

Record: 4-7 - Home: 2-3 - Road: 2-4

  • 1998. Tim Hyers became the first player to be released by Arizona since the team started playing. He had signed with the team in January, but spent most of the time on the bench in Tucson. Curiously, the transaction log shows he then re-signed with the team a week later, but asked for his release again in May, in part due to concern about his daughter's health. Hyers had the only two homers of his career in the same game, for Florida vs. Tampa on June 6, 1999. Think he's now a Red Sox scout.
  • 2004. The longest game of the season saw Arizona beat Milwaukee 11-9, in a contest that went 15 innings and lasted. The D-backs had a 9-6 lead going into the ninth, but the Brewers rallied against Matt Mantei to tie it, pitcher-hitter Brooks Kieschnick clubbing a two-run homer. It was scoreless for the next five, before Danny Bautista and Chad Tracy delivered RBI singles. Knuckler Steve Sparks got the W for two innings of relief, while Bautista had five hits in eight AB and drove in five.
  • 2009: Dan Haren, Tony Pena and Chad Qualls combined for a nine-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies at Chase FIeld, as Arizona came out on top, 2-0. Haren struck out nine over seven innings, to pick up his first victory of the season. The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when an RBI single by Ryan Roberts broke the tie, and Conor Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame. Qualls put the tying run on base in the ninth, before completing the save.
  • 2011: The D-backs lost the series opener in New York, going down 4-1 to the Mets. Joe Saunders pitched into the seventh, and the team had a 1-0 lead at that point, but walked the lead-off batter, and replacement Esmerling Vasquez allowed a two-out home-run to Ike Davis (something ASU something), giving New York the lead for good. They added two more in the eighth, off Juan Gutierrez. Justin Upton drove in Arizona's only run, with a bloop double in the third inning.
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