DiPino threw a seven-inning, Eastern League no-hitter for Holyoke as a Milwaukee
farmhand on June 8, 1980. Acquired in a 1982 trade for Don Sutton, DiPino led the
Astros in saves in 1983 (20) and 1984 (14). He struggled with control in 1985, and,
with Dave Smith's emergence as a closer, was dealt to the Cubs for Davey Lopes in
1986. He went 9-0 in 1989 as a middle reliever for the Cardinals. (JCA)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 30, 1982:
In an effort to bolster its pitching staff for the pennant race, Milwaukee trades minor leaguers Kevin Bass, Frank DiPino, and Mike Madden to the Astros for veteran starter Don Sutton. Sutton has won 13 games for Houston this year. The Brewers are four 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox.
»August 11, 1986: The Cubs parade a record 10 pitchers in a 17-inning 10–8 loss to the Pirates. Pittsburgh uses seven hurlers. The game is a continuation of a contest started on April 20, but was postponed because of darkness. Barry Jones, the winning pitcher who strikes out the side, and Barry Bonds, who hit the game winning RBI, were in the minors when the game started. Loser Frank DiPino started the season with Houston.
»August 9, 1988: The Cubs and Mets play the first official night game at Wrigley Field, a 6–4 Chicago victory. New York's Lenny Dykstra hits the first night home run, supplanting Phil Bradley, whose leadoff home run last night was washed out. Reliever Frank DiPino is the winner over Mets' starter Sid Fernandez.