This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 18

Record: 6-6 - Home: 4-2 - Road: 2-4

  • 1971: Albie Lopez born. Can't be many recent pitchers who got a World Series ring in a season where they lost 21 games. But such is the record of Lopez, who arrived in Arizona in last July of 2001 from Tampa Bay, having gone 5-12 with the Devil Rays. He then dropped seven more decisions for the Diamondbacks down the stretch, and compounded this with an 0-2 record in the playoffs. There, he made a pair of starts that each lasted three innings, and topped things off by allowing the Yankees to walk off Game 5 of the World Series, for a 9.95 post-season ERA.
  • 1999: The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Turner Ward as a free agent. Ward was a career journeyman: he spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors, but in most of those, he appeared in less than fifty games, and only twice appeared in more than half a team's contests. He was 34 by the time Arizona picked him up, and in 25 games for us, hit .227 with two home-runs. The first came off Ryan Dempster in September 1999 - I'd forgotten he'd been around the majors for so long, and that wasn't even his rookie season.
  • 2007: It was the Micah Owings show in Atlanta, as he returned to his home state and delivered both on the mound and at the plate, with a performance for the ages. He had four hits with the bat, including two home-runs, and drove in six; with the ball, he got the win, holding the Braves to three hits over seven innings (though, curiously, all three were home-runs!). Arizona beat Atlanta 12-6, with Orlando Hudson joining Owings in the four-hit club, and Stephen Drew homering too. Owings was only the second pitcher since 1966 to have a two homer, six RBI game.
  • 2011: Arizona struggled through a wet one, losing the series finale, and the series, 4-1 in Philadelphia. A two and a half hour rain-delay after three innings meant both starters had short outings, but Ian Kennedy had already struggled, and wasn't helped by a collision with Ryan Roberts. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts; the offense had novwhere near as much success, being held to three hits by Vance Worley and (mostly) the Phillies bullpen. Paul Goldschmidt's fourth homer of the year was the visitors' only tally, a solo shot in the eighth.
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