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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 10

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Record: 8-3 - Home: 5-1 - Road: 3-2

  • 1979: Brandon Lyon born. I have fond memories of Lyon, mostly because he's the only player whose walk-up music I genuinely liked (Rob Zombie). He was pretty good when he was here, putting up a 116 ERA+ over four seasons, with his best likely being the 2.68 ERA over 73 appearances in 2007, followed by six scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the post-season. Signed with the Astros after the 2009 season - hey, they'd won 74 games, how bad could it be? Lyon was traded to Toronto last month, which must have felt like successfully tunneling your way out of Alcatraz with a teaspoon.
  • 2002: Randy Johnson struck out 14 in eight innings against the Marlins at Bank One Ballpark, and moved past Tom Seaver into fifth place on the all-time strikeout list, as Arizona beat Florida 9-2. The Big Unit was charged with both runs, on five hits and two walks, while the offense pounded out a total of 15 hits. Greg Colbrunn and Matt Williams each had three hits and an RBI, while there were two-hit games for Junior Spivey, Steve Finley, Quinton McCracken and David Dellucci, with Finley and Colbrunn both homering for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2008: Following up on yesterday's note Bob Melvin picked up his 303rd victory as manager of the Diamondbacks, tying Bob Brenly's record, as Arizona beat Atlanta 6-1 at Chase Field. Brandon Webb improved his record to 17-4, allowing one run over six innings, on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Chad Qualls worked two scoreless frames and Jon Rauch pitched the ninth. On offense, Webb helped himself out with a two-run double - two-thirds of his RBI for the season! - while Mark Reynolds also drove in two, and Chris Snyder went deep.
  • 2011. A three-run first inning, including a lead-off homer by Willie Bloomquist, got the Diamondbacks going early, and they held the Astros off from there, taking the game 6-3. Justin Upton went 3-for-4 and Ryan Roberts had a pair of hits, while Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs. Josh Collmenter allowed two runs over seven innings, on four hits and a walk for the decision, with David Hernandez working a perfect ninth for his 10th save. The victory moved the Diamondbacks back in to first-place in the NL West - and this time, they would stay there until the end of the season.