This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 3

Record: 5-8 Home: 2-3 - Road: 3-5

  • 2006: Activated Juan Cruz from the 15-day DL and sent Jose Valverde to Tucson. Cruz had missed 26 games with a shoulder injury. Kinda odd Papa Grande was sent down, as he already had 174 games under his belt, and this was his fourth season. However, he had an 8.22 ERA - Jose had started the year as closer, but lost that role to new arrival Jorge Julio at the end of May, after Valverde blew saves on consecutive days. His demotion lasted through mid-August, but when he came back, he was lights out, with a 1.93 ERA plus 24 K's in 18.2 IP, and ended the season closing games once again.
  • 2007: Yusmeiro Petit earned his first career win, pitching the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 victory, over the Cardinals in St. Louis. He allowed five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, resulting in one earned run; Petit also had three strikeouts. Arizona scored all but one of their runs in the front three frames, including back-to-back homers from Chad Tracy and Mark Reynolds, driving in three runs in the third. Both men had two RBI, with Stephen Drew and Orlando Hudson each picking up a paid of hits for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2008: One of the most memorable comebacks in Diamondbacks history took place on this day, Conor Jackson’s two-run single capping a six-run ninth inning, as Arizona rallied from five down for a 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field. Even more remarkably, they didn't even need an out, sending seven to the plate without one being retired. Chad Tracy cleared the bases with a three-run double to get the D-backs within striking distance, then a Justin Upton single and Orlando Hudson RBI double set the stage for CoJack to deliver the game-tying and winning runs.
  • 2011: As yesterday, this was a close game up until the sixth, when our starter suddenly melted. Here, it was Ian Kennedy, who had kept Arizona in the game until then, but allowed Oakland to score five times in that sixth, on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at the O.co Coliseum. Kennedy was charged with all seven runs in 5.2 innings, on 10 hits and two walks. No Arizona batter had more than one hit, with the runs being driven in by Xavier Nady and Sean Burroughs: the team went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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