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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 11


  • 1964: Bobby Witt born. Everyone remembers Randy and Curt, but the 2001 Diamondbacks actually used 11 starting pitchers that year. How many can you name? Answer after the jump, but you can have Witt, who started seven games, as a freebie. It was the only year he was with the team, and the last of his long career, which had started in 1986. He only threw twice in the D-backs' post-season run, but did work in the World Series, mopping up the 8th with a zero in Game Six, Arizona leading 15-2 at the time.
  • 2004: Steve Finley collected his 2,200th career hit via his ninth career grand slam, in 9-5 win for the Diamondbacks over the Mets at BOB. It came off Mike Stanton in the sixth inning, with two outs, and scored Greg Colbrunn, Chad Tracy and Luis Gonzalez. Elmer Dessens started for Arizona, but fell one out short of the win, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. Shea Hillenbrand had three hits and four RBI, and Luis Gonzales scored three runs on no hits, with three walks.
  • 2005. The D-backs signed Randy Choate as a free agent. Which is odd, because the last time we saw Choate, on May 5, he was being released by Arizona. Hw was with us for the next two seasons, but played more for Tucson than the D-backs, throwing only 23 innings over the two seasons combined. He left again at the end of 2006...but we signed him once more for 2007, though he only appeared twice. Still pitching in the majors at age 36, we saw him during the recent Miami series.
  • 2011: Arizona couldn't hold an early 3-0 lead, and allowed San Francisco to come back for a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The visitors got to Jonathan Sanchez, but Armando Galarraga couldn't hold the lead, and left with the game tied and the go-ahead run on second. Juan Gutierrez allowed it to score, and though Arizona put the first two men on in the ninth against Brian Wilson, they couldn't bring them home. Kelly Johnson and Henry Blanco each had two hits, the latter homering.

The 11 starters used by the D-backs in 2001 were. Curt Schilling (35 games) Randy Johnson (34), Brian Anderson (22), Miguel Batiista (18), Robert Ellis (17), Albie Lopez (13), Armando Reynoso (9), Witt (7), Nick Bierbrodt (5), Mike Morgan (1) and Eric Knott (1).