This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 8

Record: 4-8 - Home: 2-6 - Road: 2-2

  • 1980: Craig Breslow born. The trade of Breslow still puzzles me. I would tend to the view that a good left-handed reliever is more valuable than a good right-handed reliever. Breslow has a 141 ERA+ over seven seasons, so is certainly the former. Albers? Seven seasons, ERA+ of 92. Both are in their second year of arbitration eligibility, so it hardly saves us money. I can't say that having Mike Zagurski as our only left-handed reliever fills me with confidence either. Since the trade, he has allowed four hits and two earned runs in 1.1 innings of work, letting three of five inherited runners score.
  • 1999: Armando Reynoso improved to 8-1 and Matt Mantei secured his 19th save in a 7-4 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia. Reynoso allowed two in the first, but kept the home team off the board thereafter until after he left the game, Greg Swindell allowing the two runners he inherited to score. Five separate D-backs had five hit nights, also driving in one or more runs. Luis Gonzalez had a pair of RBI, with and Damian Miller both going deep for Arizona. Mantei allowed a hit in the ninth, after Gregg Olson pitched a perfect eighth.
  • 2003: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Paul Abbott to the Kansas City Royals for Aric Leclair. Yay for entirely meaningless trades! Abbott had been organization filler in Triple-A, throwing 54.2 innings for Tucosn with an ERA of 3.95, amd did get back to the majors with the Royals, starting eight games and posting a 5.29 ERA, though in those times, that was not terrible (ERA+ of 93). Leclair never made it above Double-A and dropped out of the organization after 2004. He was apparently named Pitcher of the Year in the Granite State Over 30 Baseball League for 2011. So there's that...
  • 2011: Daniel Hudson had the tied for worst start of his career (as measured by Game Score), giving up seven runs to the Astros in three innings as they beat the Diamondbacks 9-1 at Chase Field. Houston came out swinging, scoring five in the first and two in the second on ten hits, though an error by Cody Ransom meant three runs were unearned. 7-0 down in the middle of the second, Arizona basically gave up, getting only two hits in six scoreless innings of Wandy Rodriguez, and four overall. Henry Blanco was responsible for our only run, with a solo homer in the fifth inning.
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