This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 21

Record: 6-7 - Home: 5-2 - Road: 1-5

  • 1970: Craig Counsell born. Often derided as a scrappy, replacement-level guy, he put up over 20 bWAR in his career, albeit mostly with his glove. Never an All-Star, never an MVP vote, but appeared in 1,624 regular-season games, was the most valuable player in the 2001 NLCS and was twice on the basepaths for the winning side in a World Series Game 7. Loved his answer when asked whether he felt for the Yankees after the 2001 World Series: "I don't feel sensitive for the Yankees. Nobody feels sympathy for the Yankees. I don't think that exists."
  • 2002: Curt Schilling allowed two runs over seven innings, picking up the decision as Arizona cruised to an 11-3 win over Cincinnati at Bank One Ballpark. He become the fastest pitcher (126th game) to 21 wins since 1990, when Bob Welch did it in 124 contests for Oakland, and the quickest in the NL since 1972, when Steve Carlton reached the mark in Philadelphia’s 119th game. Quinton McCracken and Steve Finley each had three hits and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, the latter falling a home-run short of the cycle.
  • 2010: The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Mike Hampton as a free agent. It seemed an odd kinda move for us, as we weren't exactly in contention, being dead-last in the division and 26 games out at the time. He appeared ten times as a LOOGY down the stretch, retiring 13 of 16 batters faced without allowing a run. It may have been as much an audition for the 2011 bullpen as anything, though the rise of Joe Paterson rendered Hampton superfluous to requirements the following spring.
  • 2011: Josh Collmenter took a tough loss for Arizona, allowing one run in seven innings, as the Diamondbacks lost their fifth straight, 1-0 to the Braves in Atlanta. Collmenter was held to four hits and three walks, with the only damage being a solo home-run leading off the third. The visitors' best chance was likely the sixth, when Kelly Johnson tripled to lead off the inning, but he was nailed at the plate, trying to score on a pop foul to the first baseman, as shown below. Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra each had a hit and a walk for the D-backs.
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