This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 26

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

  • 1969: Greg Colbrunn born. You might be surprised to hear that Colbrunn is arguably the best-hitting first-baseman in team history. In 334 games for the Diamondbacks, he produced a line of .310/.384/.527. Even though that was in the offense-minded days of 1999-2002 (with a brief return for twenty games in 2004), that's still an OPS+ of 126, trailing only Erubiel Durazo (128) among those with 300+ PAs at the position [though Goldzilla is a very close third, on 125 at the time of writing].Greg also went 4-for-12 in the 2001 post-season, with two walks and two RBI
  • 2000: The Philadelphia Phillies traded Curt Schilling to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla. If there was one deal which set this franchise on course for the 2001 World Series title, it was likely this blockbuster, which moved a plethora of scraps for Schilling, who had already piled up 101 wins over 8 1/2 years with the Phillies. He didn't do much with Arizona the rest of that year, but won 49 games in 2001-02, including the post-season, throwing over 570 innings. He and Randy Johnson were a 1-2 punch we may never experience again.
  • 2004: Brandon Webb allowed one run over 7.1 innings and Arizona came out on top of Houston 4-1 in Minute Maid Park. Webb worked round some control issues with four walks and five strikeouts, but the Astros stranded 10 and went 1-for-9 with RISP. The Diamondbacks bookended the game with two-run innings in the first and ninth. Scott Hairston and Luis Gonzalez got back-to-back homers with one out in the opening frame, and a single from Danny Bautista scored the same two men in the ninth. Hairston went 4-for-4, with Gonzo having a two-hit night. It ended a 14-game losing streak for Arizona.
  • 2011: Joe Saunders threw his second complete game for Arizona, as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres by a score of 6-1. It took Joe only 99 pitches, as he scattered six hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, He came within one out of a shutout, as the only run allowed came on a solo homer by Jesus Guzman with two outs in the ninth. Wille Bloomquist and Kelly Johnson each had three hits for the D-backs, the latter driving in two runs. Justin Upton homered, his 18th of the season, in the sixth inning, and also had a sacrifice fly.
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