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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 26

Record: 4-6 - Home: 3-4 - Road: 1-2

  • 1969: Michael Myers born. Oddly, I note that he went to high-school in Crystal Lake, IL. No word if he went to camp there with his pal, Mr. Voorhees. Myers was the D-backs LOOGY in 2003 and 2004, posting a fairly mediocre 5.03 ERA over 133 games, but had a decent career in the majors, lasting 13 seasons with a 112 ERA+. D-backs fans probably remember Myers as much for the upper-deck fan, who used to mark the reliever's outing by wearing a Michael Myers mask - sadly, that fan passed away in November 2010.
  • 2000: Alex Cabrera became the 78th player in Major League history to homer in his first at-bat, going deep as part of a a 6-1 win over the Astros at Bank One Ballpark. Danny Klassen and Luis Gonzalez also went deep, and Armando Reynoso allowed one run over 7.1 innings, on five hits with no walks. Byung-Hyun Kim picked up a five-out save, four of them by strikeout. I remember being at that game, with Mrs. Snakepit, the SnakePitette and Mrs. SnakePit-in-law: the only time I've watched a game from the balcony at Friday's Front Row.
  • 2009: One of the worst innings in franchise history was inflicted on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, as the Angels scored eight runs on seven hits in the second off Billy Buckner, and cruised after that, Anaheim winning by a score of 12-3. Arizona were held to six hits, with two each by Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez. Stephen Drew and Clark each hit home runs, but Arizona lost their third in a row, to fall 18 games back in the NL West. Man, I'd forgotten how badly we sucked.
  • 2011: A loss to the Tigers, 8-3 in Detroit dropped the Diamondbacks 1.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. As in the 2009, one nightmare inning largely sealed our fate: this might have been even worse, as Arizona lead 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, before Detroit dropped a seven-spot on Aaron Heilman, David Hernandez and Bryan Shaw. All the runs scored with two outs, as it took the D-backs bullpen nine attempts to get the third out. Miguel Montero and Ryan Roberts each had three hits and drove in a run for Arizona, and Joe Saunders allowed one run over seven innings, with eight K's.