This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 8

Overall: 5-7 - Home: 5-5 - Road: 0-2

  • 2001: Randy Johnson tied an MLB record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Reds. However, he didn't get the victory, despite allowing one run, as the offense could do no more than match that off rookie Chris Reitsma. It looked like Arizona were heading for defeat, after Cincinnati scored two runs in the top of the 10th - both runs coming on a sacrifice fly off Troy Brohawn. But the D-backs rallied for three in the bottom on a two-RBI Mark Grace double and bases-loaded walk to Matt Williams, and won 4-3.
  • 2007: Eric Byrnes hit a 476-foot homer, tied for the second longest at Chase Field at the time, in a 3-2 win over the Phillies. That solo shot came off Adam Eaton - no, the other one - and Byrnes also had an RBI single. The key blow came off the bat of Tony Clark, pinch-hitting for Micah Owings, who homered, breaking a 2-2 tie. Owings got the W, allowing two runs in seven innings, on five hits and two walks, with two walks. Chris Young also had a couple of hits for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2011: In shades of last night, Joe Saunders hit trouble early, allowing the Padres to score four runs in the first inning, and though Arizona came back, getting the tying run on base in the ninth, they couldn't quite seal the deal, losing in Petco by a final score of 4-3. Miguel Montero had three hits for the Diamondbacks, and Saunders did redeem himself with two hits, and didn't allow any further runs over his six innings of work. Melvin Mora also had a couple of hits, and Xavier Nady a sacrifice fly.
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