This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 5

Overall: 7-7 - Home: 5-3 - Road: 2-4

  • 1967: Diamondbacks' pitching coach Charles Nagy born. Now in his second year at the position, over his 14-year playing career, Nagy was a 3-time All-Star, winning six division titles and reaching the World Series twice with the Indians - in 2007, he was inducted into theor Hall of Fame. In 1996, he came fourth for the AL Cy Young, posting a 17-5 record and 3.51 ERA. Something you might not know: he's an Olympic gold medalist, having been on the 1988 US baseball team which went to Seoul.
  • 2000: Randy Johnson went the distance, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run, as the Diamondbacks prevailed over the Padres, in a 5-3 win at Bank One Ballpark. More surprisingly - after all, he had 103 complete games - the Big Unit also chipped in at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He only had eight multihit games in his career. Damian Miller also had two hits in the game, including a home-run. Danny Klassen, Greg Colbrunn and Hanley Frias also went deep for Arizona.
  • 2005: The Diamondbacks released Randy Choate. They resigned him less than a week later, but we'll get to that in, ooh, less than a week, I imagine. Choate was traded from the Expos in exchange for John Paterson, and was decent enough in 2004 - a 4.62 ERA actually translates to an ERA+ of 100, such as offense in that time. He was actually the last left-handed Arizona reliever with an ERA+ that good and 40 IP, until Clay Zavada in 2009. We haven't had much lasting success with LOOGYs...
  • 2011: Justin Upton's bloop single down the right-field line with two outs in the 11th inning wasn't the prettiest of his career, but it gave Arizona a walkoff, scoring Chris Young from second base, and giving Arizona a 4-3 victory over Colorado at Chase. The D-backs had been blanked by Jason Hammel, but Gerardo Parra and Young homered off Rockies' closer Huston Street to force extras. Ian Kennedy allowed two runs in six innings, Young had three hits in total, and David Hernandez got the win.
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