This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 24th

Record: 5-5 Home: 2-1 - Road: 3-4

  • 1974. John McDonald born. In his 14th season, McDonald has easily the most experience of anyone currently with the team - Cody Ransom and J.J. Putz are next, each with ten. Not bad for a 12th-round pick in 1996 - the only other player from that round to reach the majors was Damon Minor, who appeared in only 136 games. He has been kind of a late bloomer: more than half his 5.8 bWAR has come in the past three years, with his slick defense obviously the majority there, since he has hit .244 with a 76 OPS+. Really, for $1.5 million, we could have done a lot worse.
  • 1999. Randy Johnson threw his 12th complete game of the year - no-one in the NL has reached even double figures since. He allowed only three unearned runs on five hits and no walks, with 11 strikeouts in a 135-pitch effort, and the Diamondbacks beat the Giants 11-3. Arizona pounded out 17 hits, seven players (including Johnson, who doubled and singled) enjoying a multi-hit game. Luis Gonzalez led the way with three, while there were home-runs off the bat of Tony Womack and Kelly Stinnett, and two RBI for birthday boy Bernard Gilkey.
  • 2003. The last time Arizona won on the road today was nine years ago, and was also in Denver, as they beat the Rockies, 6-3. Johnson got the W here too, with six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, and the bullpen of Oscar Villarreal, Jose Valverde and Matt Mantei took it the rest of the way. Valverde gave up a solo homer to Todd Helton, allowing Mantei his 27th save. On offense, Danny Bautista had 11 total bases, with two home-runs and a triple, driving in three; Alex Cintron chipped in with two hits and an RBI.
  • 2011. If clinching the division the previous night was a tense, nailbiting affair, this wasn't as Arizona put up six in the first, and kept on going, cruising to a 15-2 mailing of the Giants, and putting an exclamation point on the NL West championship. The bottom of the order did most of the damage, slots #5-9 combining to go 9-for-18 with 12 RBI. Gerardo Parra drove in four, Ryan Roberts three, and Ian Kennedy went 2-for-2 with two RBI. He also won his 21st game, allowing two runs over six innings, on five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.

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