Micah Burton Owings...graduated from Gainesville (GA) High School in 2002 after leading his team to two state championships...also attended Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga., transferring after his sophomore year...played collegiately at Georgia Tech University and then Tulane, transferring for his junior season...named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2003 and Conference USA Player of the Year in 2005...pitched and played first base for the Team USA club that won silver medal in the 2003 Pan Am Games.
Returned to the D-backs, making 33 appearances (four starts) on the mound and one pinch-hit appearance...Tallied a career-high eight-game winning streak by winning all of his eight decisions on the year...went 3-0 as a starter and 5-0 out of the bullpen...tied for the team lead with his five relief wins...Worked scoreless ball in 20 of his 29 relief appearances...pitched more than 1.0 inning in 11 outings from the bullpen...Grabbed the win in Game 4 of the NLDS vs. MIL, working 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.
Opened the season with the Reds and posted a 3-2 record and 5.40 ERA (20 ER in 33.1 IP) in 22 relief appearancesbefore being optioned to Triple-A Louisville on July 21...Tossed at least 2.0 innings in 7 of his 22 appearances for the Reds, including 3 appearances with at least 3.0 inningspitched...Made 7 appearances as a pinch hitter... connected for his ninth career home run on May 7 vs. Cubs...Collected 5 strikeouts in 4.0 innings, both of which were season-highs, on April 23 vs. Padres...Optioned to Louisville on July 21 and spent the remainder of the season with the Bats...posted a 2.21 ERA (5 ER in20.1 IP) in 8 games (5 starts)...Was designated for assignment on Aug. 16...cleared waivers 10 days later and accepted an outright assignment toLouisville.
Went 6-11, 5.74 in his 19 starts and 1-1, 3.06 in his 7 reliefapps...made 19 of his first 20 apps as a starter and each of his last 6 appsin relief (12ip, 5er)...in the 4-2 win on 9/6 at Atl recorded both the victoryand the game-winning RBI when while batting in the 12th inning he washit in the helmet by a Kenshin Kawakami pitch with the bases loaded...the rest of the season appeared in only 3g, all as pitcher...in the 11-5 winon 9/1 vs Pit pitched the final 3.0 innings to earn his first professionalsave...in his last 4 starts went 0-4,10.90 (17.1ip, 21er)...from 7/27-8/19was on the disabled list with a tight right shoulder...made 2 rehab startsat Louisville (1-0, 0.87) before starting the 5-2 loss on 8/21 at Pit...in his19 starts the Reds went 7-12...made 6 quality starts...with an 8-2 win on4/26 vs Atl snapped his personal 9-game losing streak dating back to a 9-3 Diamondbacks victory on 5/25/08at Atl...in 14 apps and 10 starts between victories went 0-9, 8.53...in the 16-inning, 6-5 loss at SD on 5/16threw a career-high 5.2 innings in relief (3h, 1er, 3bb, 5k, 1hr, 81 pitches, 44 strikes)...entered the game inthe 11th inning as the Reds' seventh and final pitcher...retired his first10 batters until Scott Hairston singled with 1 out in the 14th inning...Nick Hundley homered to end the 5-hour, 14 minute struggle...as abatter hit .259 with 3hr and 10rbi, including .250 as a pinch hitter (4-16,1hr, 3rbi)...became the first Reds pitcher with 3 homers in a seasonsince Tom Seaver in 1977...on 5/10 vs StL hit his second careerpinch-hit HR (off Ryan Franklin)...in the seventh inning of the 4-2 winon 4/19 at Hou snapped the 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit, 2-run double offGeoff Geary...with 2 years, 139 days of service time fell 1 day shy ofbecoming eligible for arbitration.
Began the season with the Diamondbacks and went 6-9,5.93 in 18 starts and 4 relief apps before he was optioned to Class AAATucson on 7/29...was bothered late in the season by a sore right shoulderand made just 2 minor league starts...on 9/12 was acquired by the Reds tocomplete the 8/11 deal that sent OF Adam Dunn to the Diamondbacks...didnot pitch for the Reds but in 4 pinch-hit apps produced 3rbi and 2 gamewinninghits...in the 3-2 win on 9/13 at Ari made his Reds debut in the 10thinning produced an RBI-double off Tony Pena that snapped the 2-2 tie...inthe 4-3 win on 9/20 vs Mil produced a 2-run single off CC Sabathia thaterased the 3-2 deficit...made Ari's Opening Day roster...in his first 4 startswent 4-0, 2.42...produced 9 quality starts...on 4/30 vs Hou tied the gamewith a pinch-hit, 2-run HR off Dave Borkowski...became the first pitcher toproduce a pinch-hit HR since Mil's Brooks Kieschnick did it on 4/22/04 vsAri...with Ari and Cin combined to hit .304 (1hr, 6rbi), including .294 as a pinch hitter (5-17, 1hr, 5rbi).
Tied for fifth in the Majors among rookies with 14 quality starts, fifth with 106 strikeoutsand fifth with 152.2 innings pitched...Made his Major League debut on April 6 at Washington, picking up the win, tossing 5.0 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 6...On Aug. 18 at Atlanta, he went 4-for-5 with a double, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI...he set club records with 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 home runs and 6 RBI by a pitcher, and became the first pitcher to have at least 6 RBI in a game since Philadelphia's Robert Person had 7 RBI on June 2, 2002...he was the first pitcher to have 2 home runs in a game since Florida's Dontrelle Willis hit a pair on Sept. 20, 2006...he was the first D-back since Shea Hillenbrand on July 7, 2003 to have at least 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 homers and 6 RBI in game...became the first pitcher to have 4 runs and 4 hits in a game since Danny Jackson in 1988.
Threw his first career complete game on May 24 against Houston, allowing 1 run off 9 hits with a season-high 8 strikeouts...Pitched a complete game, 2-hit shutout on Sept. 18 against San Francisco, the 15th 2-hit shutout in franchise history...it was only the seventh complete game, 2-hit shutout in franchise history (3 by Randy Johnson, 2 by Curt Schilling and 1 by Brandon Webb)...was 1 of 4 rookies to throw complete game shutouts this season...On Sept. 27 at Pittsburgh, he tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits while striking out 4...at the plate, he went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and tied the franchise-high with 3 doubles...he became the first pitcher since Whitey Ford in 1953 to collect two 4-hit games in a single season...Hit his first career home run on July 26 against Florida, a 2-run shot off Byung-Hyun Kim...Pinned with his first loss on April 11 vs. Cincinnati, despite tossing his first Major League quality start, allowing 2 runs over 6.1 innings...Went 4-0 with a 4.40 ERA (21 ER in 43.0 IP) over 7 starts (8 games) from May 8-June 20, striking out 26 over that stretch...Took the loss in 4 straight starts from June 25-July 16 (1 relief appearance on June 28), holding a 7.48 ERA (18 ER in 21.2 IP) in those games...Was 1-for-4 with 2 walks as a pinch-hitter this season.
2007 Postseason highlights: Started Game 4 of the NLCS vs. Colorado, tossing 3.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (2 earned), walking 2 and striking out 2.