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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: August 31

Record: 3-8 - Home: 1-6 - Road: 2-2

  • 1957: Tom Candiotti born. The Diamondbacks' radio color commentator has been seen a lot more this year, spending a good bit of time in the TV broadcast booth - it has been fun to hear his insights into the pitching side of things. He started 410 games in the majors, throwing his knuckleball - he has been called upon to throw it in practice to the D-backs, before they've gone up against the likes of R.A. Dickey. Random factoid: Candiotti has a cameo role in Billy Crystal's movie *61, playing fellow knuckleballer, Hoyt Wilhelm.
  • 2004: Randy Johnson struck out a season-high 15 batters and notched his 4,100th career strikeout, but it wasn't enough. as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 at Bank One Ballpark, in 13 innings. Johnson allowed one run in eight frames, but all the home team could manage in regulation was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alex Cintron. Both teams had chances in extras, but it was former D-back Steve Finley who won it for Los Angeles. He cleared the bases with a three-run double off Brian Bruney, having already homered for the Dodgers earlier in the game.
  • 2009. The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. What was particularly awkward about this trade, is that it went down while the team was in the middle of a game... In Los Angeles, against the Dodgers. He started the game in the visitors' dugout, and finished it in the home one, though was still there in the eighth to high-five Justin Upton when J-Up's homer tied the game - which was after the 9pm trade deadline! The player to be named later turned out to be Tony Abreu. I believe the word you are looking for is, "Meh.".
  • 2011. Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the first inning, and the D-backs held on to beat the Rockies 4-2 at Chase Field, winning their ninth straight game. Josh Collmenter got the win, allowing two runs over six innings, on five hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. Gerardo Parra had a pair of extra-base hits, while Aaron Hill and Willie Bloomquist added a pair of knocks apiece. Colorado got the tying run on base in the seventh, but the Arizona bullpen shut them out for three innings, J.J. Putz notching his 35th save.