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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: August 23

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Record: 8-4 - Home: 3-2 - Road: 5-2

  • 1974: Bobby Estalella born. His grandfather was also a major-leaguer, a Cuban national who played before the war for Washington, and whose ethnicity - at a time when pro baseball was not integrated in the US. as it was in Cuba - was the subject of some controversy. The grandson was signed to a minor-league contract in 2004, but as we discussed earlier this season, was quickly let go. One of 11 D-backs to be mentioned in the Mitchell Report, he was supposed to be part of the government case against Barry Bonds, but was never called to testify.
  • 2003: Arizona pointed out 16 hits, and crushed the Chicago Cubs 13-2 at Chase Field, with Robbie Hammock and Danny Bautista each driving in four runs. Hammock had three hits, including two doubles, while Alex Cintron also had three hits and Bautista two hits, including a three-run shot. The game was highlighted by a six-run fifth inning for the Diamondbacks, preceded and followed by three-run frames in the fourth and sixth. Miguel Batista only allowed two unearned runs over six innings, scattering five hits and four walks.
  • 2011. The Toronto Blue Jays traded Aaron Hill and John McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson. Since then, in 153 games - basically, a full season - Hill has hit .305 with 20 home-runs and a 126 OPS+, putting up 6.0 fWAR with the Diamondbacks, which is pretty much the best number in the National League over that time [last year, Brandon Phillips was the only NL 2B to reach it; this year, Hill is almost a full win better than the next-best 2B, the Pirates' Neil Walker] Hill has half the fWAR of franchise leader Jay Bell, who played more than four times as many games.
  • 2011: Arizona finally ended a six-game slide, winning 2-0 behind Ian Kennedy and the bullpen, who combined for a six-hit shutout of the Nationals in Washington. Kennedy went seven innings, allowing two walks and striking out eight, before David Hernandez and J.J. Putz retired all six batters they faced. Both the Diamondbacks runs came as the result of a home-run off the bat of Sean Burroughs, with one out in the seventh, scoring himself and Chris Young. Burroughs and Kennedy had two hits apiece, as both sides went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.