Record: 9-4 - Home: 4-0 - Road: 5-4
Yeah, there was none yesterday. No AZ players were born, B-R.com gave me an internal error on the transactions page, and there were no game notes I could crib stuff from. Which all seemed like the baseball gods' way of telling me to take the rest of the day off. But we're back, with a whole new month...
1995: The Diamondbacks named Joe Garagiola Jr. the first GM in franchise history. He remained with the team through August 2005, when he took a senior-level position with MLB. He is currently the senior vice president of standards and on-field operations - that means he decides punishments for on-field infractions, such as Cole Hamels' plunking of Bryce Harper, but also other issues, such as the problems the Cubs new LED scoreboard is causing for players.
- 1995. The Florida Marlins drafted Robby Hammock in the 66th round of the amateur draft, but he was not signed by them. Ah, how might history have been different if they had? Junior Spivey was also an unsigned draftee, in the 28th round by the Cardinals, as were future manager A.J. Hinch, a third-round pick by the Twins and current closer J.J. Putz, in the same round, by the White Sox. The D-backs didn't have a pick, but future Arizona players who were drafted and did sign on this day, include Russ Ortiz, David Dellucci, Jeff DaVanon and Steve Randolph.
- 2003: Edgar Gonzalez made his Major League debut and earned the win in a 10-4 victory over the Padres in San Diego. Gonzalez became the youngest hurler (20 years, 93 days) to win since Dennys Reyes (20 years, 85 days) did so for the Dodgers vs. Padres on July 13, 1997. Felix Hernandez and future D-back Edwin Jackson are the only pitchers to have won at a younger age since - the latter did so against Arizona on his 20th birthday, later in 2003. Hernandez's first win in 2005, at 19:123, is the youngest winner since Jose Rijo in 1984.
2011. J.J. Putz blew the save in the top of the ninth, but the Diamondbacks came back in the bottom half of the inning, Justin Upton's bloop single down the right-field line, scoring Willie Bloomquist from third, for a wild 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins at Chase Field. Arizona were 4-0 behind after the fifth, as Daniel Hudson struggled, though he went seven innings. But a three-run sixth was followed by single tallies in the seventh and eighth, setting the stage for the dramatic finale. Stephen Drew went 3-for-4, and Chris Young had two hits for the Diamondbacks.