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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 27

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Record: 4-9 - Home: 1-4 - Road: 3-5

  • 1983: Billy Buckner born. Buckner is the player we got back from the Royals when we traded them Alberto Callaspo, and was sent to the Tigers in exchange for Dontrelle Willis. So, two deals that didn't work out well for Arizona: Callaspo has put up close to 10 bWAR since leaving us,. while Willis was below replacement level, and was released. Still, Buckner hasn't played in the majors for anyone else: after the Tigers, he spent time in the Rockies' minor-league system, and is now with the Red Sox, having bounced around between AA and AAA this year.
  • 2005: Brandon Webb, Buddy Groom and Jose Valverde combined for a five-hit shutout of the Phillies at Bank One Ballpark, Arizona beating Philadelphia 2-0. Webb improved his record to 11-10, getting the W after leaving the game, as a result of Alex Cintron’s pinch-hit, two-run homer off Jon Lieber in the bottom of the seventh. Our starter scattered five hits and four walks over seven innings, with six strikeouts. Chad Tracy had two of the Diamondbacks hits, who were held to five as well. Craig Counsell reached twice, on a walk and a hit.
  • 2008: Randy Johnson enjoyed his first multi-hit game in almost five years (since Sept. 14, 2003), going 2-for-3, with an RBI as part of a four-run sixth that broke a scoreless tie. However, the Diamondbacks squandered that lead, with Chad Qualls allowing the tying and go-ahead runs for San Diego, in a 5-4 loss to the Padres at Petco. Johnson was charged with three runs in seven inning of work, of five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Adam Dunn and Chris Young also enjoyed two-hit afternoons for Arizona, who lost their fourth in a row.
  • 2011: It was Joe Saunders' turn to step up his game, allowing only an unearned run over seven innings of work, as the Padres lost to the Diamondbacks, 3-1, at Chase Field. Saunders allowed four hits and a walk, striking out three. David Hernandez did put the tying run on base with one out in the eight, but Brad Ziegler and J.J. Putz retired the final five batters to preserve the win. Chris Young was involved in all three Arizona runs. He drove in two with his 19th home-run of the year, and was on first in the sixth, when an errant pick-off throw let Paul Goldschmidt score from third.