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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 27

Record: 5-7 - Home: 3-4 - Road: 2-3

  • 1976: Johnny Estrada born. Estrada was Josh Byrnes' first acquisition as the team's GM, traded from the team we're playing this series, in exchange for Lance Cormier and Oscar Villarreal. He hit .302 in his season here, but had horrid plate discipline, managing one walk over 183 PAs between June 4-August 13. Rumblings of clubhouse issues didn't help, and he was flipped to the Brewers for Doug Davis that winter - the rumblings were apparently confirmed by a fight with Milwaukee manager Ned Yost the following season.
  • 2000: The Diamondbacks released Bernard Gilkey.Of course, in one of the more infamous legacies of the Colangelo era, Gilkey is still cashing in. He will continue to do so through 2017, with Gilkey and Matt Williams the last fragments of deferred salaries from that time. There is some question over the source of the funds, 'Hacks reporting that Arizona "owe Gilkey nothing. He gets paid an insurance annuity that came off their books some time ago." As someone else noted, Gilkey is in Men in Black, the outfielder who misses a fly ball because he’s distracted by a UFO. Or the sound of the mail-van...
  • 2001: Jay Bell hit his sixth career grand slam and David Dellucci a 438-foot homer in a 7-5 win for the Diamondbacks against the Astros. This time, however, Bell's blast did not win Gylene Hoyle a million dollars... It did, however, help make a winner of Curt Schilling, who threw a complete game, but allowed five earned runs in the process, on seven hits and a walk. Four of those hits were homers - Curt was the only pitcher in the majors that season to get a W in a game while doing so. Bell and Tony Womack had two hits each for Arizona.
  • 2011: After tying things up at four in the bottom of the eighth, on an RBI triple by Kelly Johnson which scored Wily Mo Pena, the Diamondbacks couldn't hold the Indians. A two-out solo shot off J.J. Putz by Orlando Cabrera gave Cleveland a 5-4 victory over Arizona at Chase Field, with the tying run stranded on second, where it had reached with one out. Johnson reached base safely three times, on a hit and a pair of walks, with Justin Upton having a hit and a walk. Ian Kennedy worked eight innings and got a no-decision, allowing four runs on eight hits, with one walk and eight K's.