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This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 7

Record: 5-8 - Home: 2-4 - Road: 3-4

  • 1977: Shane Nance born. Nance was part of the blovkbuster trade in December 2003 which brought Richie Sexson to the D-backs, and appeared 19 times for Arizona the following year, posting a 5.84 ERA. That was the end of his major-league career, and after a year in the minors, he was apparently done with baseball, at the ripe old age of 28. Playing for the 2004 Diamondbacks probably does that to you... Nance was last heard of completing a business degree at the University of Houston, 12 years after starting it.

  • 1999: Matt Williams’ grand slam capped a seven-run sixth inning that helped to secure an 11-9 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Hanley Frias and Steve Finley each had three hits for the D-backs, with Williams and Damian Miller getting two apiece. The teams combined to used 38 players, including 15 pitchers. Starter Todd Stottlemyre lasted only 4.1 innings, but that was four outs more than Brewers' starter, Cal Eldred. After having a six-run lead, Arizona allowed Milwaukee back into things; they had the tying run at the plate with one out in the 9th before Matt Mantei got his 28th save.
  • 2007: The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Bob Wickman as a free agent. The aim was to add some veteran presence to the bullpen - the 38-year old Wickman was in his 15th major-league season with over 800 appearances under his belt. He worked eight times over the last few weeks of the season, totaling 6.2 innings and allowed one run on six hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Because he was signed in September, he wasn't eligible for the postseason roster: instead, it was the end of his career, Wickman currently sitting 39th on the all-time games played list for pitchers.
  • 2011:Justin Upton and Miguel Montero each homered, as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 5-3 at Coors Field. Upton, Gerardo Parra and John McDonald each had two hits, as Arizona knocked out 13 in total. Joe Saunders got the W, going six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. The bullpen put up three scoreless frames, with J.J. Putz striking out two in a hitless ninth inning. The visitors tied the game at three in the sixth on McDonald's RBI double, and Saunders singled him home to take the lead. Upton's 28th home-run added insurance in the 7th.