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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: August 30th

Record: 6-6 - Home: 4-5 - Road: 2-1

  • 2001: Steve Finley became the first D-backs position player to pitch in a game, throwing a scoreless ninth in 13-5 loss vs. Giants. The odd thing is, Arizona had only used three bullpen arms before turning to the outfielder. However, he was actually the best reliever of the night for the D-backs: the previous trio combined for 11 hits, five walks and eight runs in their four innings, but Finlay put up a zero, with the help of a double-play ball off the bat of Shawn Dunston. In the bottom of the ninth, he then got himself a single, completing a three-hit night.
  • 2004. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Gerardo Parra as an amateur free agent. The 17-year old didn't come to the United States for almost two years, finally playing with rookie-level Missoula in 2006. He hit .300 or better at almost every level, the exception being High-A where he hit .295. Parra skipped Triple-A entirely, coming to the majors in May 2009, directly from Mobile, and has more or less been here ever since. Even though he's just 25, there are only three players currently with the Diamondbacks who have been here longer than Parra.
  • 2009: The bullpen wobbled, but held on as the Diamondbacks defeated the Astros 4-3 at Chase Field. Arizona had taken a three-run lead into the eighth, with Justin Upton's 22nd home-run of the year driving in two. However, Dan Haren allowed the first two men to reach, and Juan Gutierrez let both inherited runners score, before Chad Qualls finally stranded the tying run on third. He then completed a four-out save, working around the plunking of Geoff Blum to do so. Catcher John Hester had his first multi-hit game in the majors.
  • 2011: On his 7th anniversary with the franchise (see above), Gerardo Parra had a four-hit night, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-4 victory over the Rockies at Chase Field. Arizona had 14 hits in total: Aaron Hill had a trio, with Sean Burroughs and Collin Cowgill getting two apiece. Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings, scattering nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. Miguel Montero blew the game open in the fifth. his 13th home-run of the season coming with two men aboard, to turn a one-run advantage into four. Justin Upton also went deep for the D-backs.