This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: September 8

Record: 6-7 - Home: 4-3 - Road: 2-4

  • 1973. Bob Wolcott born. The 53rd pick in the 1997 expansion draft was one of ten members of the D-backs rotation in our inaugural season, starting six games in June-August. His best appearance was his first, pitching eight shutout innings of three-hit ball against the A's, though didn't get the W as Gregg Olson blew the lead in the ninth. His other five starts went less well - a 9.36 ERA - and he was dealt at year's end to the Red Sox, for a PTBNL. He spent a season in Japan before retiring, and now owns an engineering firm in Oregon. He threw out the first pitch at a Mariners game last month.
  • 2001: Matt Williams gave the Diamondbacks an 8-6 win over the Padres, with his walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th inning at Bank One Ballpark. The game had been tied at six in the ninth, on Steve Finley’s second homer of the game, which ended Trevor Hoffman’s streak of 27 consecutive saves. That was San Diego's third blown lead of the contest, having also been ahead 3-1 and 5-3. Tony Womack, Danny Bautista, Williams and Finley each. Brian Anderson started for Arizona but couldn't get through three, allowing five earned runs on five hits and a walk.
  • 2003: Oscar Villarreal made his 78th appearance for the D-backs, tying our single-season record. However, it wasn't one to remember otherwise, as he allowed three runs in the eighth and took the loss as the Dodgers broke through late to beat the Diamondbacks 10-4. Miguel Batista scattered nine hits and a walk over seven innings for Arizona, allowing three runs, but Shea Hillenbrand's three-run homer off Kevin Brown in the fourth was the sum total of our offense. Luis Gonzales had two hits, but Villarreal and Steve Randolph gave up seven runs in two innings, on six hits and three walks.
  • 2011. Ian Kennedy struck out 11 Padres, and took a shutout into the eighth inning, as Arizona beat San Diego 4-1 at Chase Field. Kennedy was lifted immediately after allowing an RBI single, having worked 7.2 innings and allowed seven hits, walking none. The Diamondbacks managed only six hits, two of them coming off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. That included Goldzilla's seventh home-run of the season, a solo shot which got the home team on the board in the fourth. Justin Upton followed with the same in the sixth.
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