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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 29

Record: 8-5 - Home: 6-2 - Road: 2-3

  • 1971: Henry Blanco born. The retirement last month of Jason Kendall means that Blanco made his debut over a year before any other active catcher [A.J. Pierzynski is next: his first game was September 1998, compared to Machete's July 1997]. However, in his first game, Henry came off the bench to play third-base - a position he has played for just one other inning in the 15 years since! He also has seven career starts at first base, the last coming with the Cubs in 2007, and even played an inning of left-field for the 1999 Rockies.
  • 2002: The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, to scratch out a 4-3 win over the Brewers at Bank One Ballpark, but it wasn't pretty, as they did so on one hit, a single. There was also a walk, and two Milwaukee errors, one coming with the bases loaded which helped both the tying and winning runs to cross home-plate. Amaury Telemaco pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, and Tony Batista had two hits, driving in two runs with his 13th home-run of the season, in the third inning.
  • 2008: The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Wil Ledezma off waivers from the San Diego Padres.Hmm, do Arizona have something about Wil with one l? After all, we do have Wil Nieves. Maybe we should trade over the winter for the pitcher who beat us today, Mat Latos. You'd be forgiven for not remembering Ledezma's stint with the team that season, since there were only three games in it, covering four innings, albeit scoreless ones. Got around quite a bit, appearing for seven different franchises in the five seasons from 2007-11.
  • 2011: The wins rolled on, Daniel Hudson pitching seven shutout innings allowing only three hits, as Arizona beat Colorado 5-1 at Chase Field, a four-run sixth inning propelling the team to their seventh consecutive victory. However, it would prove the end of a seven-game streak where the D-backs pitching staff allowed two or less runs in each game, a streak unsurpassed in the NL since the same Diamondbacks (ok, different Diamondbacks, if you insist...) went eight straight in 2002. This time, the pitching staff allowed six runs, one unearned, over 63 innings of work.