This Day In Diamondbacks History, June 3

Record (excluding today): 7-4 - Home: 4-0 - Road: 3-4

  • 1997: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted Robby Hammock in the 89th round of the amateur draft, but he was not signed. Hang on: weren't we here before? Could be, as Hammock had also been drafted, by the other Florida team, two years previously and 23 rounds higher. The other thing that stands out is... 89th round. He was the very last player taken, with overall pick number 1,604, and only the Rays took part after the 70th round. There will be only forty rounds tomorrow. Of course, we picked him a third time the following year, and he signed. Can't be many players to have done that.
  • 2007: Jose Valverde earned his 20th save and 71st career save to place him second on the franchise’s all-time list, after he closed out a 4-1 win over the Mets in New York. He still trailed Matt Mantei at the time, but would shortly take the top spot, which he still holds. Doug Davis got the W, going 7.2 innings and allowing one run, on six hits and three walks. Much like yesterday, Arizona got most of their runs without hits, scoring on a double-play, sacrifice fly and groundout, as well as Carlos Quentin's RBI double. Eric Byrnes reached safely three times, on a hit and two walks.
  • 2008: Randy Johnson moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time strikeout list with 4,680, but too the loss in a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Brewers in Milwaukee. The D-backs had a 1-0 lead going in to the bottom of the sixth, but the hometeam scored two, two and three runs the rest of the way, to turn it into a blowout. Johnson was charged with four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts. Mark Reynolds had two of Arizona's six hits, and also drove in our only run, with an RBI double in the fourth.
  • 2011: Josh Collmenter went seven innings, and combined with David Hernandez and J.J. Putz on a three-hit shutout of the the Nationals, as Arizona beat Washington 4-0 at Chase. Collmenter allowed the three hits, walked one and struck out five, while the bullpen were perfect the rest of the way. The D-backs got all the offense they'd need in the form of a solo home-run by Chris Young in the second, but added three more in the fifth, courtesy of a bases-clearing triple off the bat of Stephen Drew. Ryan Roberts had two of Ariziona;s eight hits out of the lead-off spot.

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