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This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 3

Record: 4-8 - Home: 3-3 - Road: 1-5

  • 1967: Luis Gonzalez born. Obviously a minor figure in Diamondbacks history, Gonzalez was a throw-in, coming with cash from the Tigers when we traded the much more talented Karim Garcia to them in December 1998. At the time of the deal, the 31-year old was a career .268 hitter, with one season where he had hit more than 15 home-runs. Given the offensive era, probably seemed a fourth outfielder type, unlikely to amount to much. I mean, it's not as if he'd ever deliver the winning hit in Game Seven of the World Series, it it? Happy birthday, Gonzo...
  • 1998. The Kansas City Royals purchased Jeff Suppan from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Doubt we expected when we sold him, that'd Suppan would be the last player from our inaugural season left still playing in the majors, having made half-a-dozen appearances for the Padres this year. To that point, he had a 5.90 ERA in 43 starts. But he has gone on to make 374 more, mostly with Kansas City and Milwaukee. Suppan has also earned himself a nice packet in the process - around $57 million more since leaving the Diamondbacks.
  • 2008. Trailing by three in the bottom of the seventh, the Diamondbacks seemed down and out, but scored twice there, and stunned the Cardinals with two in the ninth, snatching victory 4-3 at Chase Field. Stephen Drew led off the ninth with a triple, and Conor Jackson tied the game with a one-out single. Adam Dunn then doubled down the right-field line for a walk-off win. Doug Davis allowed three runs in six innings, but the bullpen held it there, Chad Qualls getting the W for his scoreless ninth. Chad Tracy had three hits, with Drew and Jackson getting a couple each.
  • 2011. Ian Kennedy beat Tim Lincecum, as Arizona won in San Francisco by a 7-2 margin. Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra each had two hits for the Diamondbacks, who pounded Lincecum for nine hits and five runs in five innings. On the other hand, Kennedy allowed only one run over seven innings, on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Goldschmidt continued his domination of Lincecum with his second home-run: that has continued to this day, Goldzilla being 7-for-13 with four home-runs. He'll be sorry we're not seeing Timmeh this week.