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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 4

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Record: 7-5 - Home: 4-4 - Road: 3-1
  • 1973: Bob Howry born. Oh, joy - I get to write about Howry again, on the basis of him being the most interesting D-back born today, despite having pitched only 14.1 innings for us. That said, over his entire career, his ERA+ of 120 was pretty good (especially for someone who was never an All-Star), and 769 appearances is good enough for 53rd all-time. However, like many veterans, he stayed on past his prime, posting an 86 ERA+ during his final three major-league seasons, compared to a figure of 133 over his first decade. That's when we saw him in Arizona, and that's why he's so forgettable.
  • 2005: Brad Halsey extended his personal winning streak to six games with a 7-3 win vs. Astros. He allowed two runs, one unearned, over his six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk, with two strikeouts, improving his record to 8-7. Jose Valverde picked up the final five outs, striking out three for his third save. The Diamondbacks put five across in the second, with a crucial play a missed pickoff throw by Wandy Rodriguez with the bases loaded, scoring two runs. Troy Glaus drove in two with a pair of hits, including his 22nd homer. Tony Clark and Shawn Green also went deep for Arizona.
  • 2007: The Diamondbacks selected Joe Kennedy off waivers from the Athletics. Another of our unfortunate waiver-wire transactions that year, as discussed yesterday: Kennedy's 20.25 ERA is sixth-highest all time among D-backs pitchers, and fourth among those to appear in more than one game. This climaxed in an August 14th game where he faced nine batters and retired one. He hit three of them, only the second pitcher in history to do so in an appearance of one-third of an inning or less (the first was Dock Ellis, who was likely high). Sadly, Kennedy died later that year of heart failure.
  • 2009: Yusmeiro Petit + no-hitter. Not words you'd expect to see in the same sentence, but on this day, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and combined with Leo Rosales on a one-hit shutout, as the Diamondbacks took a 6-0 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Petit walked three and struck out four, the only hit coming off the bat of Roger Cedeno with no outs in the eighth. Ryan Roberts led the offense, going 4-for-5 with a pair of home-runs, driving in three, and Mark Reynolds chipped in with a trio of hits for the visitors.