This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: August 17

Record: 6-7 - Home: 3-2 - Road: 3-5

  • 1978: Chad Qualls born. An object lesson in the volatility of relievers. Qualls came to Arizona in the trade for Jose Valverde, and was really good in his first season (2008), with a 2.81 ERA in 77 appearances. He became the closer the following year, saving 24 games with a still-respectable 3.63 ERA. However, he injured his knee late on, and never recovered here. In 43 games during 2010, he had an ERA of 8.29 - only four pitchers in baseball history have had such a high ERA in so many games, over a full season. Since leaving us, he has recovered somewhat, but a 4.38 ERA is mediocre at best.
  • 1999: Brian Anderson pitched in five seasons for the D-backs, but only had two complete-game shutouts in 129 starts. This was one, as he faced only two batters over the minimum, taking only 98 pitches to blank the Chicago Cubs, Arizona winning 4-0. He allowed three hits and no walks, with five strikeouts, and got a double-play ball off the bat of Mark Grace. Luis Gonzalez had two hits for the Diamondbacks, and Greg Colbrunn drove in three runs, clearing the bases in a first inning where Arizona did all of their scoring.
  • 2005: The Arizona Diamondbacks released Vladimir Nunez.They'd only picked him up about six weeks previously, and he hadn't appeared for the team in that time. But if the name sounds familiar, it's because Nunez was part of the team in 1998 and 1999, before being part of the trade to the Marlins for Matt Mantei. He was no uneffective, with a 3.89 ERA in 31 games, and was in the majors are recently as 2009, though allowed four runs in one inning, in his sole appearance that year for Atlanta. He's now a pitching coach for their rookie-level affiliate.
  • 2011: There wasn't much of a carry over from the previous day's late heroics - perhaps a warning for this year's model? - as the Phillies spanked the D-backs 9-2 in Philadelphia. This time, it was the home team who scored late, as the game was tied at two going into the seventh inning. However, Joe Saunders faced three batters there without retiring any of them, and Brad Ziegler went one worse, facing four in the eighth without recording an out. The Arizona hitters were held to just three hits by Cliff Lee and the Phillies, with a Paul Goldshmidt home-run responsible for both our scores.
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