On This Date In D-Backs History: July 17, Tied Franchise Singles Record

By Matthew Hochberg

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.

Sept. 10, 2011; Phoenix AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks former pitcher Curt Schilling before the game against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

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.