This Day In Baseball History: August 12

Record: 5-6 - Home: 1-3 - Road: 4-3

  • 2001: Junior Spivey became the fifth rookie in the last 50 years to record a pair of five-hit games in a 9-1 win for the Diamondbacks over the Braves in Atlanta. He followed up his first five-hit game, against Colorado on June 21, by going 5-for-5 with three runs scored - all five hits were singles. Five other Arizona batters had two-hit games, as the visitors' offense pounded out 16 hits, 12 coming off Greg Maddux. Matt Williams and Steve Finley were among them, with both men homering. Albie Lopez pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball, with two walks and three strikeouts, for the W.
  • 2005: Stop me if you've heard this one before. Again facing the Braves in Atlanta, Albie Lopez Claudio Vargas pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball, with two walks and three five strikeouts, for the W, as the Diamondbacks blanked the Braves 8-0. Tony Clark had two-run homers in each of his first two plate appearances, as Arizona took a five-run lead by the middle of the third, and Vargas chipped in with a two-run single in the sixth. Shawn Green had three hits, including a solo homer, while Craig Counsell joined Clark in having a two-hit night.
  • 2008: Randy Johnson beat Ubaldo Jimenez as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 4-2 at Coors Field. The teams traded two-spots in the second, Arizona getting on the board first, courtesy of a Chad Tracy home-run which also scored Mark Reynolds. The tie was broken in the sixth, when a Chris Snyder double scored Chris Young, and the Big Unit followed up with an RBI single to help his own cause. Johnson went six innings, allowing five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Tracy had three hits and Young two.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks beat the Mets 4-3 at Chase Field, but it was a nervous victory, as New York scored in the eighth and ninth to get the tying run to the plate, in the shape of David Wright. However, J.J. Putz got a groundout, picking up his 28th save. Ian Kennedy worked seven strong innings, with six hits and three walks allowed; he struck out five, and was charged with one run. Arizona got on the board with a Justin Upton homer in the first, and added three their next time up, on doubles by Cody Ransom and Kennedy. Upton and Sean Burroughs each had a pair of knocks.
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