This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 15

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 1: Stephen Drew #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 1, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Record: 2-9 - Home: 2-4 - Road: 0-5

  • 2000: I think I got mixed up and posted the record for today yesterday, including Webb's 10th win. Oh, well... This game definitely took place today, with Arizona blowing a 5-1 lead in the seventh and eighth innings, before falling 6-5 in 11 innings to the Texas Rangers at BOB. Matt Williams finished a triple short of the cycle, as the Diamondbacks picked up 13 hits. But Randy Johnson ran out of gas in a three-run eighth, allowing the Rangers to tie the game at five. Arizona stranded a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th (familiar?) and Greg Swindell allowed an RBI triple in the 11th and took the L.
  • 2006. Stephen Drew makes his debut for the Diamondbacks. He has the longest continuous tenure with the team, narrowly beating out Chris Young (August 18) and Miguel Montero (September 6), who also made their debuts for Arizona that season. Of course, Lyle Overbay easily wins this one, if you discount "continuous", as his first game game on September 19, 2001: he played elsewhere, however, from 2004 through August last season. Justin Upton (August 2, 2007) is the only other current player from prior to 2009. No pitcher to play this season appeared for Arizona before Opening Day 2010.
  • 2010. The Arizona Diamondbacks released Luis Ayala. Hey, it was a quiet day, transaction wise. Ayala didn't appear in the majors for us, and looking at his Reno numbers, it's no wonder. In 18 relief appearances, he managed to get tagged with the loss six times in only 26.1 innings of work, posting a 7.86 ERA. But he has bounced back in the AL, and has had an ERA of 2.40 in 87 appearances for the Orioles and Yankees over the past couple of seasons, to go with a career ERA+ of 127. More proof that Reno = Kryptonite for some pitchers.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks got their second half under way with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field. Arizona sent two over the minimum to the dish until the bottom of the seventh inning, and by that point, Los Angeles had done all their damage, taking a six-run lead off Joe Saunders and Aaron Heilman. The D-backs made a fight of it, scoring four in the seventh, with Xavier Nady hitting a three-run homer. They also got the tying run on base in the ninth, but Brandon Allen took strike three to end the game. Nady and Willie Bloomquist had two hits apiece.
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