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This Day In Baseball History: September 9

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

  • 1983. Alex Romero born. I was quite surprised to see how often Romero played for the Diamondbacks in 2008 and 2009. I also thought of him as a very fringey player, but he appeared in 78 and 66 games respectively for those two seasons. Mind you, given he hit .239 with two home-runs in those 144 games, it probably says more about those two teams than anything. Since then, he has been through the Astros, Braves and Marlins organizations, not reaching the majors with any of them. He's now with Quintana Roo in Mexico, .and doing quite well, hitting 349 with 14 HR.
  • 2006. Brandon Webb tossed his first career one-hitter, through a complete game for the Diamondbacks in a 3-0 victory at home over the St. Louis Cardinals. At six minutes under two hours, it was the shortest contest in Chase Field history. Webb needed only 96 pitches and walked none, striking out five: the sole hit was Scott Rolen's double with two outs in the fourth. Craig Counsell and Chris Snyder had two hits apiece for Arizona, and Carlos Quentin hit his seventh homer of the year, off Jason Marquis in the second inning.
  • 2010. The Tampa Bay Rays traded a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chad Qualls. The name Qualls makes many a D-backs fan wince, but overall, he wasn't bad in his time with Arizona, putting up a 103 ERA+. However, there was a huge gulf between his 2008-09 performance and his 2010 one; he injured his knee late in '09, and one wonders if that derailed the next season. The PTBNL was Matt Gorgen, who has a 2.90 ERA over 48 appearances in the minors for us this year, between AA and AAA levels. So there's still hope yet.
  • 2011. Curiously, on the one-year anniversary of his departure, Qualls took the loss at Chase, as the Padres went down 3-2 to the D-backs, on an eighth-inning RBI single from Lyle Overbay, which scored Aaron Hill. Daniel Hudson tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts, in a 106-pitch effort. Justin Upton hit his 30th home-run of the season, off Mat Latos, and there were two-hit games by Miguel Montero, Overbay and Chris Young, as Arizona came back from 2-0 down, with single runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings.