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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 26

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Record: 6-7 - Home: 1-5 - Road: 5-2

  • 1969. Rickie Bottalico born. Actually, today is the day when our 2013 Opening Day shortstop Elvis Andrus was born in 1988, but since he technically isn't a Diamondback yet - some trivial detail about a "trade" needing to be worked out - we can't include him. Instead, we get Bottalico, who threw a whopping 1.2 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2003, appearing in just two games. However, his career was pretty decent, 562 appearances and a 110 ERA+. He spent most of his major-league time with the Phillies, and has now returned there, working as an analyst for Comcast Sports Net.
  • 1999: Randy Johnson struck out nine batters during a 12-2 victory over the Marlins in Florida, making him the fastest pitcher in history to reach 300 strikeouts in a season, doing so in his 29th start. The Diamondbacks won their sixth in a row, and blew things open with their best inning of the year, scoring eight times in the ninth, on four hits, two walks and a pair of hit batters, finishing things off with Damian Miller's grand-slam. Matt Williams had three hits and drove in four runs for Arizona, and Tony Womack and Andy Fox each got a couple of knocks.
  • 2007: The Diamondbacks edged the Cubs 5-4 at Chase Field in a game where all the scoring was done by the middle of the third. Chicago scored three of Yusmeiro Petit in the first, but the D-backs hit back with a four-spot against Jason Marquis - Chris Young went 2-for-2 with two home-runs and four RBI by the end of the second inning. Jeff Salazar had two hits for Arizona, and Jeff Cirillo drove in the home team's other run. Petit went only four, but the bullpen put up five scoreless frames; Jose Valverde secured his 40th save with a scoreless ninth, after allowing hits to the first two Cubs batters.
  • 2011. Hey! We actually beat the San Diego Padres, prevailing by a score of 5-0 at Chase Field! How did that happen? Well, Josh Collmenter had a lot to do with it, holding the visitors scoreless for 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. The bullpen took it the rest of way, completing the nine-hitter and keeping San Diego hitless with runners in scoring position. For the Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton each had two hits, but Arizona took advantage of two throwing errors in the opening frame, to turn steals of third into runs as part of a four-run first.