This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: August 24

Record: 2-8 - Home: 0-5 - Road: 2-3

  • 1999: The Diamondbacks blew a four-run lead in Miami, but came out on top of the Marlins thanks to a Jay Bell home-run with two out in the eighth inning. Arizona scored three in the first on an RBI double by Luis Gonzalez, followed immediately by a two-run homer from Erubiel Durazo. Gonzalez added another RBI in the third, but Florida hit back, tying the game up on a two-run error by Bell in the seventh. However, he rapidly atoned for his mistake with a solo blast to give the D-backs the lead back, and Matt Mantei closed out the game after allowing a lead-off walk.
  • 2005: Shawn Green collected his 300th home-run with a bomb off future Diamondback Aaron Heiman in the eighth, but that was about the only highlight as the Mets crushed the home team by a margin of 18-4 at Chase Field. Russ Ortiz lasted four innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits and five walks, and the bullpen fared no better, Greg Aquino allowing five runs in one inning of work. The Mets were 17-0 up before Conor Jackson and Kelly Stinnett got the D-backs on the board with RBI hits in the bottom of the seventh. Luis Gonzalez and Jackson had two hits apiece.
  • 2010: The Arizona Diamondbacks released Bobby Crosby.One of these days, I'm going to write up a piece on the worst careers enjoyed by Rookies of the Year. Expect Crosby to feature prominently, as after winning the honor in 2004, he managed only 1.5 Wins Above Replacement for the rest of his career subsequently. That was six more years, but he only managed 100 games in one of them, and struggled with injuries throughout. He was part of the salary-dump trade with the Pirates for Chris Snyder, but lasted barely three weeks with Arizona before his time here, and his career, ended.
  • 2011: Daniel Hudson took a shutout into the ninth, and J.J. Putz enjoyed a very quick save, as the Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 4-2 in Washington. Hudson came within one out of a complete game, before allowing solo home-runs on consecutive pitches with two outs in the ninth. Putz took just two pitches to end the game, the quickest save by an Arizona closer since Jose Valverde did it on one pitch in September 2005. Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra each had a pair of hits, and Miguel Montero drove in two runs.
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