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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: Sept 19

Record: 5-7 - Home: 2-2 - Road: 3-5

  • 1979. Andrew Good born. Another one of those "ironic" player names, Good was hardly that, posting an ERA above five in each of his three years in the majors. He started 12 games for the Diamondbacks in 2003 and 2004, with his best game being six innings against the Dodgers on July 6th, 2003, when he held them to an unearned run on four hits. His two starts in 2004 though... Six earned runs in each, didn't complete four innings. Played for the Tigers a little in 2005, and is now teaching fifth-graders in Rochester, MI, where he went to high-school.
  • 2003: Randy Johnson hit his first and only career homer, a third inning solo shot off future team-mate Doug Davis, that provided the margin of victory in a 3-2 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Hey, don't laugh: there are 223 major-leaguers with more PA's than the Big Unit's 691, and one or zero homers. On the mound, he scattered ten hits and a walk, but also struck out ten, and gave up only two runs. Matt Kata and Steve Finley also went deep for the D-backs, with Craig Counsell and Junior Spivey each getting a pair of hits.
  • 2008: As Max Scherzer works through "shoulder fatigue" [the MRI today was negative], let's look back to happier times. Such as this quality outing, with 8 strikeouts over six innings against the Rockies at Coors Field. However, he still took the loss in the 3-2 decision, being charged with all three runs on seven hits and a walk. All the offense could muster was solo home-runs off the bats of Adam Dunn and Mark Reynolds, though they did get the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth, and loaded the bases with two down, before the game ended on a Chris Young K.
  • 2011. Ian Kennedy allowed one hit over eight innings, striking out a dozen, and needed to be at his absolute best, as the Diamondbacks managed only a single run, but it was enough to beat the Pirates 1-0 at Chase Field. The only hit Kennedy allowed was by the opposing pitcher in the third, and he walked one. J.J. Putz allowed a one-out triple in the ninth, but stranded it there for the save. Justin Upton had two of Arizona's five hits, and his sixth-inning homer was sufficient for victory in the second-quickest game of the year, played in a crisp 2:11.