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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 8

Record 4-9 - Home 1-6 - Road 3-3

  • 1999. The Phillies selected Amaury Telemaco off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Random factoid. Phillies infielder Pete Orr is the only major-leaguer born today. He's had it all to himself since Kenji Johjima left the bigs in 2009. We covered Telemaco's D-backs career last month, but it continued after he left us, playing with Philadelphia through 2005, despite being as mediocre there (ERA+ 87) as he was generally (career ERA+ 88). Last heard of as a coach with the 2010 DSL Red Sox. For some bizarre reason, his name is the title of the first post on SB Nation editor Jon Bois's personal site.
  • 2001: Luis Gonzalez had a three-homer day for Arizona, as the Diamondbacks beat the Royals 11-4 in Kansas City. He had solo shots in the first and fifth innings off Royals starter Paul Byrd, then added a two-run shot against Doug Henry in the ninth. It was the second time a D-back had a three-homer game; it has now been done eight times. Mark Grace and Craig Counsell also had two-hit games, and Steve Finlay a three-run homer. Randy Johnson got the win, allowing one run over seven innings.
  • 2004: This day has not been kind to the D-backs, with it now being eight years since they've won on it. However, the last victory was also a road win in interleague play, albeit on the other side of the country in Baltimore, Arizona prevailing 8-1. A 14-hit attack was led by Shea Hillenbrand, who went 3-for-4 with a walk. It was only 4-1 in the eighth, but the D-backs scored four, helped by Orioles reliever Eddie Rodriguez came in with the bases loaded and promptly threw wild pitches with his first two deliveries. Oddly, Randy Johnson once again allowed one run over seven innings to get the W.
  • 2011. Zach Duke allowed one run in seven innings, but the visiting Diamondbacks couldn't cash in, and fell to the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 3-2, in 12 innings. The game was tied at one come the end of regulation, Arizona's sole run an RBI single by Stephen Drew in the eighth. The D-backs had a chance in the 10th, taking the lead on another Drew knock, but J.J. Putz blew the save in the bottom half. Zach Kroenke took the loss, giving up a lead-off homer to Andrew McCutchen in the 12th, for a walk-off Pirates win. Drew had two hits, while Chris Young reached safely three times on a hit and two walks.