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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 5

Record: 8-5 - Home: 4-4 - Road: 4-1

  • 2002: Randy Johnson threw a shutout against the Mets in New York, with the Diamondbacks coming out on top by a score of 2-0. The Big Unit struck out the first six batters faced, and allowed only a pair of singles. He walked two and struck out 11 in a 113-pitch effort that improved his record to 16-4. Arizona managed only six hits themselves, but scored on an RBI double from Craig Counsell in the sixth, and a solo shot off the bat of Matt Williams in the following frame. Counsell had two hits, with Quinton McCracken reaching safely twice, on a hit and a walk.
  • 2004: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Roberto Alomar to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later. He'll probably forever be known in the state as the answer to the trivia question, "Who was the first Diamondback to be inducted into Cooperstown?", even if he only appeared in 38 games for us. He didn't play much more in Chicago - only 18 times - before calling it quits. The PTBNL was Brad Murray, who never even appeared in the minors for Arizona, so this was simply a salary dump on the part of the Diamondbacks.
  • 2007: Brandon Webb tossed a seven-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles, out-dueling Brad Penny to secure a sweep for the Diamondbacks - the last time, before this week, we managed that feat. Webb scattered seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts, requiring only 102 pitches for the complete game. The shutout extended Webb’s scoreless streak to 24 innings. Conor Jackson, Mark Reynolds and Justin Upton had two hits apiece for Arizona, with RBI for Reynolds, Upton and Chris Snyder.
  • 2011: The Dodgers pounded Josh Collmenter hard, tagging him for all the runs in a six-run third inning at Chase Field, and they largely cruised from there, beating the Diamondbacks 7-4. Collmenter allowed five singles and a double to the first seven batters he faced in the third: Micah Owings then let both inherited runners score, before settling down to work 4.2 scoreless innings of relief. Willie Bloomquist had three hits and an RBI for Arizona, but the Giants lost as well, keeping the D-backs half a game back in the NL West.