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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 9

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Record: 7-6 - Home: 4-2 - Road: 3-4

  • 2003: Steve Finley hit a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the Mets at Bank One Ballpark. Elmer Dessens scattered seven hits and two walks over 6.1 innings, allowing one run. Matt Kate had two of Arizona's seven hits, but their only tally before Finley's came on a Rod Barajas sac. fly in the third The win was Bob Brenly 251st, taking him past the number of victories earned by his predecessor, Arizona's inaugural manager, Buck Showalter.[Brenly finished with 303 wins, now second behind Bob Melvin's 337]

  • 2007: The Pirates put two on the board in the top of first against Doug Davis, but he and the bullpen held them scoreless the rest of the way, as the Diamondbacks rallied for a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Chase Field. Arizona tied things up in the fourth on RBI singles from Tony Clark and Chris Snyder, and took the lead with an Orlando Hudson RBI single in the seventh. Tony Clark provided insurance with a homer in the eighth; ha and Hudson each had two-hit games, before Jose Valverde secured his 35th save, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.
  • 2009: Mark Reynolds was named NL Player of the Week for Aug. 3-9, hitting .448 with six home-runs and 10 RBI. It was part of a spell from July 26 to August 9 where Reynolds had 11 homers in 13 games, posting an OPS of 1.488, slugging over a thousand. The week included Reynolds going yard in four consecutive contests tying a club record set previously by Troy Glaus (twice in 2005) and Reggie Sanders (in 2001). Mark's week included a trio of three-hit games, and raised his OPS for the year to a .990 mark which proved to be its zenith.
  • 2011: Ah... Welcome to the Ponydome! 7-1 down after four innings, things looked dire for the D-backs, but a pair of four-spots in the fifth and sixth turned things around, as Arizona overcame a six-run deficit to the Astros for the second time that season. Justin Upton went 3-5 with a double, home run and four RBI. Gerardo Parra had four hits and Miguel Montero three hits and three RBI. But special mention to Micah Owings, who held the Astros to one run over three innings after Jason Marquis melted down early.