This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 6

Record:4-7 - Home: 2-5 - Road: 2-2

  • 2008: The Diamondbacks ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Padres at Chase Field. Randy Johnson notched his 211th career victory, holding San Diego to three hits and one run over 6.1 innings; he walked none and struck out ten. Brandon Lyon allowed one run and put the tying run on second with no outs in the ninth, before recovering for the save. Justin Upton blasted a 484-foot home run, still the fifth-longest in Chase Field history. He and Chad Tracy each had two-hit night for Arizona.
  • 2009: Arizona beat San Diego 6-5 at Chase, on Mark Reynolds’ walk-off single in the ninth. The D-backs had trailed 5-3 going in to the bottom of the eighth, but tied things up on a Gerardo Parra RBI single, and a pinch-hit homer off the bench by Chad Tracy. Justin Upton singled with two outs in the ninth, stole second and came home on a ball Reynolds hit down the LF line. Felipe Lopez and Parra enjoyed three-hit games for Arizona; Jon Garland scattered eight hits and two walks over six innings, allowing three earned runs.
  • 2010: The Diamondbacks released Dontrelle Willis. From 2003-06, there weren't many better pitchers; among those with 500 IP, he was top ten for wins, and top 12 for ERA. But thereafter? 14-30 with a 5.65 ERA. He lost control completely from 2008, walking 156 batters in under 200 innings. His first game for Arizona was a SnakePitFest, where he somehow threw six shutout innings, but it was hopeless. As well as us, the Tigers and Reds tried to "fix" him, but Willis announced his retirement a few days back. Still think the 2003 Rookie of the Year award should have gone to Brandon Webb.
  • 2011: A typical Josh Collmenter start against the Brewers, i.e. dominant. He allowed three hits over six shutout innings in Milwaukee, but received a no-decision, despite leaving with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Kelly Johnson's home-run to lead off the game. However, Joe Paterson allowed a couple of singles, and Sam Demel coughed up a three-run homer to Casey McGeehee, allowing Milwaukee to prevail 3-1. The Diamondbacks managed only four hits, with Johnson adding a walk to be the only player to reach safely more than once.
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