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This Day In Baseball History: August 20

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Record: Overall: 6-7 - Home: 4-3 - Road: 2-4

Since it's a day without any birthdays or transactions in Diamondbacks' history, that means it's one of our intermitten excursions where we broaden things out to cover all of baseball...

  • 1958: Dale Long is forced into emergency action as catcher for the Chicago Cubs in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starter Sammy Taylor was PH'd for, and backup Cal Neeman was ejected, forcing Long into action. What's remarkable is that Long became the first left-handed catcher to play in the majors for over 50 years - he used his first-baseman's mitt to catch the remainder of the game. Long is likely better known for setting a major-league record (since tied by Ken Griffey Jr. and Don Mattingley), by hitting home-runs in eight consecutive games.
  • 1974: The Tigers' Mickey Lolich and Angels' Nolan Ryan combined in a pitching duel for the ages. Both men threw 11-inning, complete game outings, but Detroit prevailed, 1-0. Through 10.2 innings, Ryan had allowed only two hits and had struck out nineteeen, but a single, stolen base and RBI single ended the shutout and tagged Ryan with the loss. The 19 K's tied Steve Carlton's record for strikeouts in a game lost by the pitcher, later tied in 1997 by Randy Johnson when with the Mariners. Lolich allowed ten hits and only struck our four, but got the W.
  • 1992. On the other hand, David Wells endured one of the worst starts of all time, allowing 13 ER over 4.1 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays against Milwaukee. He allowed eleven walks, four walks and hit two batters. Only three pitchers since reliable records began in 1918 have allowed so many earned runs in an outing of less than five innings: Brooklyn's Johnny Babich in 1935 and Cleveland's Johnny Milius in 1929. The latter managed it in only three frames of work. Only three starters since have allowed 13 ER in any outing, most recently the Angels' Scott Kazmir in July 2010.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks lost their fourth game in a row, Wade Miley being unable to contain the Braves, as they easily defeated the visitors, 8-1 in Atlanta. Miley managed only four innings of work, allowing seven hits plus two walks, and being charged with five runs, all earned. Arizona got on the board first, a Miguel Montero double scoring Justin Upton with two outs in the opening inning, but it was all Atlanta the rest of the way. The D-backs were held to five hits by Brandon Beachy and the Braves' 'pen, Montero and Collin Cowgill each getting a hit and a walk.