Eleven years ago today, the Arizona Diamondbacks pounded the Colorado Rockies for 19 hits, on their way to a 12-3 victory. They also made history, recording 17 singles in the game which tied a franchise record. The only other time they reached such a mark was the previous June, in a game against the Chicago Cubs. D-Back legend Luis Gonzalez and Chris Donnels provided the two extra base hits of the day, which both went for home runs.
Quinton McCracken, Mark Grace, Craig Counsell and Gonzalez all had three-hits that day and the Diamondbacks improved to 56-38 on the season. Curt Schilling boosted his record up to 16-3. He would finish 23-7 with a 3.23 ERA. Coming off a World Series Championship over the mighty New York Yankees the season before, Arizona had high hopes entering the 2002 season as well. They won the National League West with a record of 98-64 and earned the No. 2 seed entering the playoffs. Their postseason run, however, was a short one as they got swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.
Today, just a little more than halfway through the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks stand with a record of 50-45. They are in a great position to win the NL West and make a playoff run. For this to happen, however, they will need an improved bullpen and consistent starting pitching.