This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 29

Record: 5-6 - Home: 2-3 - Road: 3-3

  • 2003: The Diamondbacks released Matt Williams, marking the end of a six-year association, over which time Williams had hit .278 with 99 home-runs. He still ranks in the top 10 for a number of categories, including games played (10th), hits (8th), runs (10th), total bases (6th), home-runs (5th) and RBI (4th). However, his value dropped off sharply after the first two years of his contract: from 2000-2003, Williams was worth only 1.2 bWAR, while being paid $37 million by the D-backs. He also vetoed a trade to Colorado in November 2002, citing family reasons.
  • 2007: Miguel Montero hit the go-ahead homer, his fifth of the season, in the top of the 10th, to provide the margin for the Diamondbacks in a 4-3 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Tony Pena pitched a perfect ninth to get the win, and Jose Valverde finished things off, picking up his 26th save in 29 chances for Arizona. Livan Hernandez scattered nine hits and a walk in allowing three runs over eight innings: on offense, Eric Byrnes and Orlando Hudson each reached safely three times, with two walks and a hit.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks released Melvin Mora after the veteran had appeared in 42 games, getting 135 PAs, and posting a .228 average with zero home-runs. It had become increasingly clear that Mora's 2010 (.285 with seven home-runs) had been a Coors Field mirage, and the player we got was the one two seasons older than the .679 OPS guy playing in Baltimore during 2010. Mora was involved in a car-crash during spring training, and his season didn't get any better from there. From May 11 through his release, Mora hit .158 (9-for-57) with no walks and a .377 OPS.
  • 2011: The Indians beat up on Zach Duke, tagging him for nine hits and two walks in five innings, leading to four runs, all earned, as Cleveland beat Arizona 6-2 at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks were held to just four hits and one walk off Carlos Carrasco and the Indians bullpen, their runs scoring on solo homers by Stephen Drew and Justin Upton. Gerardo Parra had the other two hits for the home team. Aaron Heilman worked 1.1 scoreless innings, but Yhency Brazoban and David Hernandez each allowed a run in their frame of work.
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