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This Day In Baseball History: August 11

Record: 10-2 - Home: 5-1 - Road: 5-1

  • 1999: After breaking a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth, then blowing that lead in the bottom, Arizona scored two more in the 11th and hung on for a wild 7-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Randy Johnson struck out 11 over eight innings, and seemed in line for the win after Jay Bell and Matt Williams drove runs across in the ninth. However, Matt Mantei allowed two in the Cubs half; after a scoreless tenth, a Williams' double scored two more to provide the margin of victory. He had three hits and four RBI for the day, with Bell also having a trio of knocks.
  • 2007: Brandon Webb twirled a complete-game gem, shutting out the Washington Nationals on five hits, with one walk and ten strikeouts in a 119-pitch effort. And he needed to be very good, because the offense only gave him one run of support, Arizona prevailing 1-0. The sole tally in the game game in the fourth inning, when a Justin Upton triple scored Eric Byrnes - one of only four hits for the Diamondbacks on the day. Stephen Drew had two walks, but the Nationals got only two men past first base all night.
  • 2008. The Cincinnati Reds traded Adam Dunn and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for players to be named later and Dallas Buck. The Diamondbacks were trying desperately to hold on to a lead in the NL West that had been as much as 6.5 games in late April, but had shrunk to one by the end of the day of the trade. However, it didn't save them. Dunn drew a lot of walks (.417 OBP) and showed some power, but Arizona imploded down the stretch, going 13-15 to lose by two games to LA. The PTBNL were Wilkin Castillo and Micah Owings.
  • 2011: Another day, another comeback against Houston. Here, Arizona were 5-1 down in the bottom of the eighth, but scored two there to pull within striking distance. And with two outs in the ninth, Paul Goldschmidt struck, swatting a two-run homer to push the game into extras. The comeback was completed by Chris Young in the 10th, who walked the Diamondbacks off with a three-run homer, as we won 8-5. Ryan Roberts, Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra each had two hits, while Brad Ziegler, Bryan Shaw and J.J. Putz combined for four scoreless innings in relief of Joe Saunders.