Record: Overall: 6-7 - Home: 2-4 - Road: 4-3
1984: Max Scherzer born. Was watching him pitch just the other day for the Tigers: yes, he still has two eyes of different colors, looking like some kind of lab-created wolf. While we're at it, he is still striking a lot of people out, still not quite living up to his potential, and still having some difficulty pitching deep into games (only averaging 5.8 innings per start this year, below league average in the AL). And I still can't believe we got both Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson in the deal, even if Scherzer has been decent enough (102 ERA+) for Detroit.
- 2002: Curt Schilling picked up his eighteenth win of the year before the end of July, holding San Diego to one run on eight hits over eight innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. He went 5-0 in five July starts, on his way to Pitcher of the Month honors, with a 1.64 ERA. The D-backs beat the Padres 4-3 on this occasion, Byung-Hyun Kim allowing two runs in the ninth and putting the tying run on second before getting the save. Erubiel Durazo hit a three-run homer for Arizona, and Tony Womack had three hits for us.
- 2007: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Scott Hairston to the San Diego Padres for Leo Rosales. Free Scott Hairston! And given how mediocre Rosales was for the Diamondbacks (an ERA above five in 76 games), we might as well have given Hairston away free. He's been quite nomadic since - two spell in San Diego, plus Oakland, before his current stint with the Mets. But up until last night's three-hit, two RBI performance, he hasn't actually done too well against his former team, hitting only .235 against Arizona, with a .720 OPS.
- 2011: A back and forth tussle saw the Diamondbacks and Padres each blow leads in the middle innings, but Arizona eventually held on for a 4-3 victory at Petco. Xavier Nady had the key hit, a two-run homer off Cory Luebke with no outs in the seventh, which broke a 2-2 tie. That made a winner of Ian Kennedy, who struck out nine over six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Bryan Shaw gave up a solo homer in the eighth, but J.J. Putz faced the minimum in the ninth, ending things with a double-play. Nady had three hits and Justin Upton two for the Diamondbacks.