This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 8

Record: 8-4 - Home: 5-2 - Road: 3-2

  • 1999: The Florida Marlins traded Matt Mantei to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later, Vladimir Nunez and Brad Penny. The deal gave the D-backs a bona-fide closer for the second-half of the season: they'd been using Gregg Olson, but a 4.82 ERA to this date and six blown saves in 17 opportunities wasn't getting it done. Mantei proved excellent down the stretch, saving 22 games and posting a 2.79 ERA. However, the four-year contract signed with him in January 2001 was a disaster; he managed only 35 saves and less than 100 innings over its duration.
  • 2008: Brandon Webb notched his Major League-leading 13th victory in a 2-0 shutout over the Nationals in Washington. He worked six shutout innings, with six hits and two walks, striking out six batters: Chad Qualls, Tony Pena and Brandon Lyon combined for three perfect innings in relief. Arizona managed only four hits, but an RBI single from Chris Young and a single by Robbie Hammock, which led to an error by the Nats' center-fielder brought home the Diamondbacks' two runs. Young and Mark Reynolds each had a hit and a walk.
  • 2009: The Diamondbacks came back with a five-run rally in the eighth inning to defeat the San Diego Padres 6-2 at Chase Field. Arizona trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, but got on the board with a Chris Young sacrifice fly, which scored Gerardo Parra and cut the deficit in half. That was just an appetizer for the eighth, in which Felipe Lopez hit a three-run homer, though an Alex Romero RBI single had already given the D-backs the lead. Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven innings, allowing two runs, but Clay Zavada got the W for a perfect eighth.
  • 2011: A see-saw game saw Arizona come back from three down, but then almost blow a four-run lead of their own, before prevailing over the Cardinals, 7-6, at Busch Stadium. A two-run triple by Chris Young in a three-run fourth tied things up, and Kelly Johnson hit a grand-slam off Kyle Lohse in the seventh to give the D-backs the lead. However, the Cardinals scored three in the eighth, and had the tying run on second there, and also with one out in the ninth before David Hernandez got the save. Ian Kennedy got the W, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings.
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