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This Day In Diamondbacks History: August 7

Record: 7-6 - Home: 5-4 - Road: 2-2

  • 1967: Jason Grimsley born. I was putting together a list of the team's biggest embarrassments a little while ago, and Grimsleygate has to rank right up there, even though he played less than twenty games for the team. Even reading his name still makes me wince, but we'll save that for another day. For now, let's just say he worked 27.2 innings for an ERA+ of 98. He was perhaps the Mike Zagurski equivalent (in terms of being a human white flag), as the Diamondbacks went 6-13 in Grimsley appearances, and when he was allowed in when we were ahead, the average lead inherited was more than six runs.
  • 2006: Washington traded Livan Hernandez and cash to Arizona for Matt Chico and Garrett Mock. Four years later, it was also the day we got Tyler Skaggs in the Dan Haren trade from the Angels, but we've covered that enough, I think. Hernandez was what he was: 15-16 with a 102 ERA+ in his 43 starts for us, but will forever live in our hearts for clinching the sweep over the Cubs in the 2007 NLDS. Chico made 40 starts for the Nats, with an 86 ERA+ and is currently in indie ball; Mock an 83+ ERA, mostly out of the 'pen, and was just traded to Houston. Neither has appeared in the majors since 2010.
  • 2010: Luis Gonzalez became the first player in franchise history to have his number retired, in front of a sell-out crowd at Chase Field. And the game lived up to the celebration, Chris Young not only leading off with a home-run, but walking the Diamondbacks off with another in the bottom of the ninth, in a 6-5 victory over the Padres, after Aaron Heilman had allowed two homers in the top half to tie things up. Arizona got all their other tallies in a four-run fourth, which included a run-scoring wild-pitch on an intentional walk. Oh, and it was also a SnakePitFest.
  • 2011: Cody Ransom's 7th-inning home-run of Clayton Kershaw provided the tipping point, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 final score as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 4-3 at Chase Field. Ian Kennedy got the win, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings, with three strikeouts. The home team got only five hits, but made them count. Arizona took a two-run lead without an out in the first, Ryan Roberts' walk to lead off the inning being followed by Kelly Johnson's 18th homer of the season - his last in a D-backs jersey.