This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 18

Record: 6-5 - Home: 4-2 - Road: 2-3

  • 1975. Juan Sosa born. Let us all stop and consider the least important member of the 2001 World Series roster. He had come up from Tucson on May 21st, because Matt Williams hit the DL with a torn hamstring. He appeared on the 24th as a late-inning defensive replacement, and the following day pinch-ran for the pitcher, Robert Ellis. He likely wouldn't have got to bat there either, except Arizona batted around and Sosa struck out to end the inning - on three pitches. That was it. He was sent to El Paso on the 29th, and his major-league career ended. 2 G, 1 PA, 0 H, 1 K, three pitches as a D-back.
  • 2001: The D-backs completed a sweep of the Cubs with a 13-6 win at Bank One Ballpark to extend the winning streak to a record-tying 9 games. Arizona had to come back to do it, with Chicago taking a 6-2 lead by the middle of the third inning, chasing starter Brian Anderson. However, the bullpen kept it scoreless the rest of the way, and the Diamondbacks scored three in the fourth and three in the sixth to pull ahead. Tony Womack, Luis Gonzalez and Mark Grace all had two-hit games, and Greg Colbrunn homered.
  • 2004. The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Elmer Dessens to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jereme Milons. Well, it was 2004, and so the usual prohibition on trading with divisional rivals did not really apply. It's not as if Arizona were going anywhere, were they? It did allow Dessens to make his only post-season appearance of his 14-year careert, retiring four batters for LA in that season's NLDS. Milons never got above High-A for the Diamondbacks, but has been plugging away in indy ball for the last five years, and is still playing, currently with the Schaumburg Boomers.
  • 2011.The Diamondbacks moved from Philadelphia to Atlanta, but the losing streak continued, as they went down 4-2 against the Braves. Daniel Hudson was tagged with four runs in six innings, allowing seven hits and a walk, and that was enough for Atlanta to come out, as Derek Lowe struck out seven over five shutout innings. Arizona cut the gap from four runs to two, on a two-run double by Justin Upton in the seventh, and got the tying run on base with one out in the ninth, but could come now closer. Kelly Johnson had three of the D-backs six hits, with Willie Bloomquist having two.
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