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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 15

Record: 10-3 - Home: 4-1 - Road: 6-2

  • 1974: A.J. Hinch born. S'funny how things change. How is Hinch perceived now? At the end of last season, after Gibson had overseen the 2011 turnaround, Hinch was perhaps seen as the worst manager in team history, with his 89-123 record. While the poor start to this season seems unlikely to have changed that much, perhaps it acts as evidence that managers don't really have that much influence on the outcome of games. Whatever mojo Kirk Gibson had last season, has been largely missing in 2012.
  • 1998. The Diamondbacks selected Amaury Telemaco off waivers from the Cubs. Initially a member of the Cubs 'pen, he was slotted into the same role for our franchise's first season, but moved to the rotation in June. He pitched decently enough there, with a 4.31 ERA the rest of the way, highlighted by seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros and Mets. Telemaco was back in the bullpen the following year - the Phillies took him from us on waivers in June, I'll save the rest of his career for then.
  • 2008: Brandon Webb became the first pitcher since 1985 to win his first nine starts of the season, getting the W in an 8-5 win for the Diamondbacks against the Rockies. He pitched into the eighth inning, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, with eight strikeouts. The offense was led by Stephen Drew, who went 4-for-5, and Chris Snyder had a pair of hits, including a three-run homer off Aaron Cook. Chris Burke, Chris Young and Orlando Hudson also had two hit games for Arizona.
  • 2011: Ian Kennedy allowed one run over six innings, and the bullpen made it stand up, with the Diamondbacks beating the Dodgers 4-1 in Chavez Ravine. Kennedy allowed four hits and a walk, but struck out eight; Esmerling Vasquez, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz posted zeroes for our relief corps. All Arizona's runs scored in a four-run second, on back-to-back homers off the bats of Xavier Nady (a two-run shot) and Ryan Roberts, plus a Chris Young sacrifice fly. Stephen Drew had two hits.