This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: September 29

The team clinched the NL West on this day in 2007, and rolled over in the first "meaningless" (for the D-backs) game against the Rockies. With hindsight, perhaps not such a good idea...

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

  • 2001. Luis Gonzalez hit his 55th homer, a two-run shot off James Baldwin in the seventh inning, as the Diamondbacks cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Bank One Ballpark. Steve Finley homered and tripled, driving in three runs, and there were two-hit games for Tony Womack and Gonzo. Miguel Batista allowed one run over seven innings, on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Arizona took the lead in the second on a pair of unearned runs after Finley's bunt provoked a throwing error, and his three-run homer in the sixth made it a five-run game.
  • 2002. D-backs secured home-field advantage in the postseason, winning their 98th game with an 11-8 home victory over the Rockies. Chad Moeller went 4-for-4 with 2 homers and a career-high six RBI, as the offense pounded out 15 hits on the day: Junior Spivey, Steve Finley, Felix Jose and Mark Little all got two knocks apiece. Meanwhile, the pitching staff ’s 14 strikeouts pushed season total to a franchise-best 1,301 K's. John Patterson got the W, striking out eight over five innings on six hits, being charged with two runs.
  • 2004. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Jeff Fassero as a free agent. Really, I'm not quite sure what the point of this was, given the team had only four games left and owned a 49-109 record. Fassero had been released by the Rockies over what manager Clint Hurdle called "philosophical differences," which has to be something of a first. He faced three batters with the Diamondbacks, retired them all...and was released to free agency before October was over. His brief stint with the team ranks him among the least significant D-backs of all-time.
  • 2007. Prior to the game, the D-backs clinched the NL West crown with the Padres loss to the Brewers. Good thing too, as an apparently largely-disinterested Arizona line-up lost 11-1 to the Rockies at Coors Field, resting the likes of Eric Byrnes and Chris Snyder. Maybe we'd have made more effort if we'd known that an AZ victory would have cost Colorado their post-season spot, so they would not have swept us in the NLCS... Edgar Gonzalez got the start, and lasted three innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks.
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