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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 19

Record: 8-5 - Home: 4-2 - Road: 4-3

  • 1978: Claudio Vargas born. Vargas was a mainstay of the rotation in the rebuilding years of 2005-06, making 49 starts over those two seasons, with an ERA of 4.82. That's a bit more impressive if you realize it equates to a semi-respectable ERA+ of 95, which gives you some idea how the game has changed in favor of pitching since then. That was almost dead on his career ERA (4.83), and was good enough for a 21-16 record with the Diamondbacks. His best outing was seven shutout innings of two-hit ball against the Braves in August 2005 but he never went past 7.1 frames for Arizona.
  • 2001: The Athletics traded Ryan Christenson to the Diamondbacks for Rob Ryan. When the story of the World Series champions is written, neither man will likely merit even a footnotes. Ryan had seen some play in 1999 + 2000 (appearing in 47 games) but got exactly one at-bat in 2001, striking out against the Tigers Matt Anderson four days before the trade. Christenson was used almost exclusively as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement; managing a mere five PAs despite appearing in 19 games. He got his sole hit in the ninth inning of Game #162, the very last for Arizona in the regular season.
  • 2007: The Diamondbacks rallied from a 6-run deficit to win 10 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays at Chase Field. Chris Young hit his second career walk-off homer to complete the franchise-record-tying comeback' Arizona trailed 7-1 in the middle of the fourth, after Doug Davis was torched for nine hits and seven earned runs in four innings. The Diamondbacks tied it in the ninth, on Tony Clark's two-run pinch-hit homer, and Young's one-out shot in the tenth ended the game. Eric Byrnes and Young had three hit games, while Carlos Quentin had two hits, scoring and driving in three runs.
  • 2011: Josh Collementer took the loss as the White Sox beat the Diamondbacks 8-2. However, the defeat was perhaps less on Collmenter, who allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, over seven innings, than Esmerling Vasquez, who gave up five in one-third of a frame after replacing Josh. Justin Upton went 3-for-4 for Arizona, and Gerardo Parra had a couple of knocks, but the D-backs could do nothing against Humber, who took a shutout into the eighth before tiring. Ryan Roberts and Upton drove in the Diamondbacks' two runs.