August 18, 2007 defined the season for Diamondbacks rookie Micah Owings. Prior to that game Micah was on-again-off-again on the mound and there were beginning to be rumblings that perhaps Owings was better suited as a long reliever rather than a starter. That night in Turner Field Micah put on a show that may never be seen again. On the mound he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits all of them home runs in 7 innings of work. He also struck out 7 Braves batters and lowered his earned run average to 4.70. That was only part of the story though. At the plate Micah Owings went 4-5 with a double and 2 home runs driving in 6 runs and carried the team on his back to a 12-6 win. From that moment on Micah Owings was a starting pitcher and more importantly an offensive force to be reckoned with at the plate. Teams from that point had to prepare differently for games where Owings pitched. National League managers had to think like their American League counterparts looking at Micah as more of a designated hitter than a pitcher.


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