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This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 27

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Mark Grace made his final start, Randy Johnson became a 20-game winner for the first time, and perhaps the most remarkable comeback in team history, all took place on this day.

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Record: 9-4 - Home: 6-2 - Road: 3-2

  • 1977. Vincente Padilla born. We're one off having an all-birthday edition of TDiDH, but I guess we'll save Messrs. Rauch + Garland for another day. Instead, we'll stick with Mr. Padilla, who was signed as an amateur free-agent at a relatively advanced age in 1998, and made his Arizona debut the following season. He was only ever a reliever for us, but after going to Philadelphia in the Schilling deal, they made him a starter, and he was that through 2010, making 237 starts. He's now back in the bullpen, with Boston. He and Rod Barajas are the only members of the '99 D-backs still in the majors.
  • 2001: Randy Johnson became a 20-game winner for the first time, getting the decision in a 13-11 win over Milwaukee at Bank One Ballpark. He struck out 16 over 6.2 innings, tying a Major League record with his 23rd double-digit strikeout game, his third consecutive season reaching that mark. This looked like a blow-out, the Diamondbacks leading 10-1 after six, but the Brewers clawed their way back, and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth. Tony Womack and Danny Bautista had three hits and two RBI, while Steve Finley drove in four. Henry Blanco was Milwaukee's catcher that day.
  • 2003: Mark Grace made his final Major League start and went 2-for-3, including his 511th career double, leaving him 35th on the all-time list. He singled in his final at-bat, to end his career with a .303 average, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 at BOB. Alex Cintron had three hits for Arizona, while Raul Mondesi had two hits, including his 24th home-run of the year and drove in both the home team's runs. Chris Capuano lasted 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.
  • 2011. Need I say more than "Ryan Roberts' walk-off grand-slam?" Perhaps the most spectacular comeback in team history, saw Arizona beat Los Angeles 7-6 in ten innings. The game was tied at one in regulation, Jarrod Parker making his only appearance and dueling Hiroki Kuroda to a virtual tie. However, Micah Owings allowed five runs in the top of the tenth, and after two groundouts in the bottom half, the D-backs were down to their final strike. Single, single, walk, run-scoring error, RBI walk, Ryan Roberts OMGWTFBBQPONEEDSLKWEKLJDF;'FYHL;K
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