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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 4

Overall: 8-7 - Home: 3-4 - Road: 5-3

  • 1971: D-backs presenter Joe Borowski born. I kinda presumed Joe had played for Arizona at some point, but turns out that was never the case. He did appear for seven other clubs, in a career that spanned from 1995 through 2008, a good chunk with the Cubs. He had a solid 104 ERA+ over 431 appearances, all but one out of the bullpen, and a 2.63 ERA in 11 post-season games with the Cubs and Indians. A career .222 hitter, not bad for a reliever. Well, that sounds better than "2-for-9 lifetime"!
  • 2002: Arizona blew a four-run lead, before Rod Barajas’ infield walk-off single scored Steve Finley with the game-winning run in a 6-5, 11-inning win vs. the Montreal Expos. Danny Bautista had three of the Diamondbacks' 13 hits, as the game was decided by the bullpens, both starters leaving after five innings (Brian Anderson for Arizona). Byung-Hyun Kim worked two hitless innings in relief, and the W went to Eddie Oropesa, who retired all three batters faced in the top of the 11th.
  • 2010: Justin Upton’s solo homer was the lone run, giving the D-backs a 1-0 win over the Astros in Houston, sending them to their eighth consecutive defeat. Ian Kennedy, Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls completed the shutout, combining on an eight-hitter. Kennedy gave up all of those, working 6.2 innings and striking out three with two walks. Arizona managed only five hits, but Upton's blast, on a 0-1 pitch by Roy Oswalt with two outs in the third, proved to be all the scoring they would need.
  • 2011: A pair of consecutive three-run innings for Colorado, in the third and fourth, doomed Barry Enright and the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 home defeat, and the former was removed from the rotation as a result. He allowed six hits and four walks in five innings, seeing his ERA rise to 6.49. Arizona made things somewhat interesting in the ninth: after coming in four runs back, they scored twice and had the tying run on base, but Kelly Johnson struck out to end things. Gerardo Parra drew three walks.