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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 22

Record: 3-8 - Home: 1-4 - Road: 2-4

  • 1982: Ian Kinsler born. Not a Diamondback, of course - but it wasn't for want of trying. This Tucson native went to Canyon de Oro HS, and Arizona selected him in the 29th round of the 2000 draft [one pick before Adam LaRoche, incidentally]. He didn't sign. So we picked him again the following season, after a year at junior college, in the 26th round. He still didn't sign. Then, after going to ASU, the Rangers picked him in the 17th round of the 2003 draft. And, despite all Arizona had done for Mr. Kinsler, he did sign. That's gratitude for you...
  • 2003: The Diamondbacks squeaked out a come-from-behind win over the Reds, 6-5, in Phoenix. Cincinnati scored four in the first off Andrew Good, but Arizona got one back immediately, on a bases-loaded walk to David Dellucci. Steve Finley hit a three-run homer in the fifth to pull the D-backs within one run, and the home team then scored twice in the seventh on another bases-loaded walk to Dellucci, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mark Grace. Finley went 4-for-4 with three RBI, and Carlos Baerga had three hits. Eddie Oropesa got the W, striking out the side around a walk in the seventh.
  • 2004. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Mike Fetters as a free agent. Fetters is probably best remembered for his first stint with the team, in particular being the subject of Mark Grace's impersonation, when Grace got to pitch in a 19-1 blowout against the Dodgers at Chase Field on Sept 2, 2001. However, after spells with the Pirates and Twins, Fetters returned to bolster the bullpen in 2004. Except...not much bolstering occurred. Over 23 games, he had an 8.68 ERA, and a K:BB ratio of 14:14, a disappointing end to a pretty decent major-league career (620 games, ERA+ 116).
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks beat the Royals 3-2 in Kansas City, to retain the first-place spot they took during yesterday's off-day. Arizona did all their scoring on the fifth, getting RBI hits from Xavier Nady, Willie Bloomquist and a Ryan Roberts' squeeze bunt (below). The last proved the difference in the game, as the Royals managed one run off six innings of Ian Kennedy, on eight hits and two walks, then a run on two hits against Micah Owings. But David Hernandez and J.J. Putz posted zeroes, the latter stranding the tying run at third.