This Day In Diamondbacks History: April 25

Overall: 12-4 - Home: 5-3 - Road: 7-1
[includes today's contest]

  • 1966. Darren Holmes born. Holmes was dealt from the Yankees to us, virtually on the eve of the 1999 season. He became a useful cog in the bullpen, appearing in 44 games with a 126 ERA+, but his only post-season appearance was allowing four runs in 1.1 innings of Game 3 against the Mets. He played four games at the start of 2000, wasn't good, and was released, but curiously, was resigned in August. and appeared in four more. Was linked to PEDs by Sports Illustrated in 2007.
  • 1999: Jay Bell’s had three extra-base hits, including two home-runs, the second one of which came in the 11th inning, and proved the difference as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 5-3 in San Diego. Randy Johnson allowed a three-run homer to Pat Nevin in the first, but settled down thereafter, striking out 11 batters over eight innings. Arizona chipped away, scoring runs in the first, sixth and eighth to force extra innings. Greg Swindell retired the last Padre in the 10th for the W, Gregg Olson got the Sv.
  • 2007: You probably remember this one. Stephen Drew hit a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning, off Trevor Hoffman for a 3-2 win over the Padres It was truly a case of "anyone by Jake Peavy", as he fanned 16 of 25 AZ batters faced, over seven shutout innings of two-hit ball. Since 1969, only Randy Johnson has fanned more in an NL game, which their team lost. But Arizona got one off Scott Linebrink in the 8th, and a Chad Tracy walk in the ninth set the stage for Drew's heroics.
  • 2009: The Diamondbacks traded Evan MacLane to the St. Louis Cardinals for future considerations. Came to us from the Mets in the deal where they got Shawn Green (teehee!), but his debut in the show for St. Louis was utterly forgettable: the first major-league hitter he saw, Chris Iannetta, launched a walk-off home-run. Evan is only the second pitcher in baseball history to do that, J.J, Trujillo of the Padres being the first. Pitched since 2011 in Japan, posting a 5-4 record with a 3.96 ERA for the Orix Buffaloes.
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