Record: 6-6 - Home: 1-2 - Road: 5-4
1983. Chris Young born. It's a busy day for D-backs: I could have gone with Rod Barajas or Randy Choate, who share this day, in the same year actually, 1975. But Young is the obvious choice: and as we play out the string of a hugely disappointing season. I'll likely be going with "obvious" quite a lot. Kinda startling to discover that this time next year, he'll be turning thirty. I remember him coming over from the White Sox as a raw prospect, making his debut in August 2006 as a 22-year old. Now, he's #2 on the all-time franchise list for games played.
2001: Curt Schilling became the first 20-game winner in club history and the season’s first with a 7-2 win over the Giants in San Francisco. Schilling struck out a dozen over eight innings, allowing five hits and a walk, leading to one earned run - the losing starter for the Giants was none other than Russ Ortiz... In a taste of things to come, he couldn't get through five innings, and the Diamondbacks pounded out a total of 16 hits in the game. Craig Counsell had four, Reggie Sanders three, and Schilling also enjoyed the only three-hit game of his career.
- 2007: Justin Upton was named Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today. Upton hit .319 between Visalia and Mobile, with 18 home-runs and seventy driven in, over only 103 games (since he was called up to the majors in August). He showed good plate discipline, with a K:BB ratio of 79:56. giving him an on-base percentage of .410, to go with his slugging percentage of .551. Oh, yeah: and he did all that before his nineteenth birthday.
- 2011: A five-run sixth, highlighted by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt, powered the Diamondbacks to a 10-7 win over the Rockies at Coors Field. Geoff Blum had three hits and drove in three runs for Arizona, while Willie Bloomquist, Justin Upton, Aaron Hill and Collin Cowgill enjoyed two-hit games. Wade Miley allowed two runs over seven innings to get the win, on six hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Micah Owings got the first two batters in the ninth, but then allowed four runs without getting the third out and had to be replaced by Bryan Shaw, who did.