This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 9

Record: 5-7 - Home: 4-4 - Road: 1-3

  • 1983. Danny Richar born, sharing a birthday with D-backs killer Randy Winn. Richar signed as a free-agent out of the DR in 2001, having just turned 18. He had some good years, notably 2005 where he hit .300 with 20 HR in High-A, but early the next season, Scout.com called him, "a man without a position" [Amusing to read in that, "speculation that Upton might move to second base"!] The middle-infielder seemed on the fringes of a possible call-up in 2007, posting an .827 OPS with Tucson, but was instead dealt to the White Sox for outfielder Aaron Cunningham. We'll get to that next week.
  • 2005: Javier Vasquez allowed a fifth inning walk to the TwinsMichael Cuddyer, snapping a streak of 221 batters and 54.1 innings pitched without a walk, both franchise records in a 4-3 win over Minnesota at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks did most of their damage in a three-run fourth which included Jose Cruz's eighth home-run of the year. Alex Cintron had two hits and drove in two runs for Arizona. Vasquez got the decision for his six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.
  • 2007: Eric Byrnes saw his 15-game hitting and 31-game streak of reaching base safely come to an end with a 0-for-5 performance in the 4-3 loss vs. Red Sox.The latter run was tied for fourth in franchise history (Jay Bell holds the record, at 40 games), has not been matched since, with the best being Miguel Montero's 25-game sequence last season. Over those 31 games, Byrnes batted .361 (44 for 122), with six home-runs and a 1.012 OPS. He recorded hits in all save two of the games.
  • 2011: Josh Collmenter and three relievers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Collmenter allowed four hits and two walks in his five innings, and Micah Owings got the win for 2.1 innings of one-hit relief. Chris Young provided the entire significant scoring offense, with his two-run homer in the eighth. He, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero had two hits apiece, and David Hernandez picked up his second save with a perfect ninth inning.
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