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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 20

Overall: 9-7 - Home: 4-1 - Road: 5-6

  • 1965. Todd Stottlemyre born. Possibly the first bad free-agent contract signed by the D-backs, he was inked to a four-year $32 million deal in December 1998. However, over the final 2½ years of that contract (and his major-league career), he threw only 39.1 innings for Arizona, at a 7.55 ERA. SI once said Stottlemyre was "universally recognized as a bit of a basket case, and there's a fabulous YouTube sound-bite of him losing it after a 1995 game. More bleeping than my happy Swedish techno.
  • 1997. Remember, yesterday, we were talking about Alan Zinter being one of four Diamondbacks whose last name started with the letter Z? Well, technically, there was a fifth - on this day we released Chad Zerbe, who thus never played for Arizona. The left-hander ended up pitching in four seasons out of the Giants bullpen instead, and was decent enough, with a 105 ERA+ for them. He also held the NL record for most appearances before losing a game, at 97 (since broken by Mike Gallo, at 135)
  • 2006: Brandon Webb improved to 7-0 with a complete game, four-hit shutout vs. Braves, and Arizona cruised to a 13-0 victory at Chase. Webb threw 101 pitched, with one walk and eight strikeouts. Possibly more impressive, given his career .113 batting average, he also collected a career high three RBI via a bases-loaded double. Eric Byrnes had three hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle, and also drove in three, while Chad Tracy doubled and homered for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2011. In interleague play, the Diamondbacks squeezed past the Twins 8-7 at Chase, though almost blew a four-run lead in so doing. Ryan Roberts drove in three for Arizona, and it looked over at 8-4 to the home team, with the bases empty and one out in the Twins' ninth. However, Juan Gutierrez and David Hernandez allowed the next six men to reach, putting the tying run on third with one out. Joe Paterson then struck out Jason Kubel and got Justin Morneau to ground out, for his first career save.