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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 16

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Record: 7-4 - Home: 2-2 - Road: 5-2

  • 1970. Quinton McCracken born. I don't think I'd quite realized how long a career Q had outside of Arizona - he played a dozen seasons in total, only four with the Diamondbacks, and was the first Devil Ray to come to the plate in their opening game. It wasn't a particularly good career (total fWAR 0.4, bWAR -0.8), but playing one game short of a thousand in the majors deserves respect, as does career earnings approaching ten million dollars. He signed twice for Arizona as a free agent, before the 2002 season, and again in mid-2004, after the Mariners let him go.
  • 2002: The New York Mets traded Mark Little to the Arizona Diamondbacks for P.J. Bevis. You might have forgotten about Little's pivotal role in our NL West title chase. That's probably because it wasn't. The outfielder appeared in 15 games, mostly off the bench (he started six contests), hitting .273 with no home-runs and a pair of RBI. Still, not like we gave up much: Bevis never made it to the majors, though it would have been cool if he had become our first Aussie-born player, beating Trent Oeltjen to the honor.
  • 2009: Miguel Montero and Chris Young each hit grand-slams for the Diamondbacks, as they pounded the Astros 11-5 in Houston. Both came off Houston starter Brandon Backe: Montero's was in the first, and he added a solo shot in the fourth, before Young added another slam in the sixth. Both players had a trio of hits, with Adam Dunn getting a couple. Yusmeiro Petit got the W, allowing two runs over seven innings of work; Leo Rosales gave up three in the ninth, to lend the scoreline some respectability for the home team.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks came from behind with two runs in the ninth, off Roy Halladay, to stun the Phillies 3-2 in Philadelphia. Josh Collmenter had pitched well for Arizona, scattering eight hits over 6.2 innings and holding the home team to two runs, but Halladay was dominating, striking out 13 before Lyle Overbay's double scored Justin Upton and pinch-runner Collin Cowgill. Lyle had three hits and drove in all three runs, picking up a cool WPA of +72.2%. J.J. Putz allowed a lead-off walk, which was bunted to second, before K'ing Ross Gload and Jimmy Rollins for the save.