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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 1

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Record: 5-8 - Home: 0-2 - Road: 5-6

  • 1978: Tim Olson born.You've likely forgotten Olson, but he appeared in 48 games for the 2004 D-backs, hitting .186. That's the second-lowest batting average for any non-pitcher with 80+ PAs for Arizona in franchise history. Two other members of that 2004 team were also among the bottom five. Jerry Gil, hit .174 in 88 PA, and Andy Green .199 in .260; rounding out the five are Chris Burke and Geoff Blum. Olson did also make it to the majors with the Colorado Rockies the following season, adding three more plate-appearances to his resume, resulting in a walk and two strikeouts.
  • 1998: The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Hensley Meulens to the Chicago White Sox as part of a conditional deal. Meulens appeared in seven games that inaugural season, and is one of three players in team history to have an unusual line: their only hit(s) as Diamondbacks left the park. Meulens went 1-for-15 with one home-run. Pitcher Gregg Olson was 1-for-2, again with a homer. But the champion here is catcher Bobby Estalella - once again, part of the 2004 team - who played in seven games, and went 2-for-14 with two homers.
  • 2007: The D-backs scored 4 runs in the 11th inning to secure a 9-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park. Brandon Lyon and Jose Valverde combined to blow a four-run lead in the ninth, Papa Grande allowing a two-run, two-out homer to Milton Bradley. But Eric Byrnes hit an RBI single in the 11th, and Chad Tracy followed up with a three-run homer. Micah Owings got a no-decision for six innings of one-run ball, and Chris Young thwarted a Padres’ rally in the fifth, reaching over the fence to rob Mike Cameron of a grand slam - it won Honorable Mention in the 2007 Pitties.
  • 2011: Ian Kennedy allowed two runs over eight innings of work, and the Diamondbacks used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants by a 5-2 margin at AT&T Park. Kennedy allowed six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, the only damage a pair of solo homers. Gerardo Parra had a pair of hits, and Willie Bloomquist added two RBI, reaching safely three times on a hit and two walks. J.J. Putz made it interesting in the ninth, putting two on to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs, but got Aaron Rowand to fly out for Putz's 25th save of the season.