This Day In Diamondbacks History: April 20

Back to no birthdays today for the Diamondbacks: I do note that today is the birthday of the highly-appropriate Jason Roach, teehee. As a major-league pitcher, he sucked: 0-2 in his two starts, with a 12 ERA. However, he went 2-for-2, making him one of only 11 players in history to have hit 1.000 for his career, and have more than a single AB. Pause to reflect on that. Just don't inhale...

  • 1998. The Diamondbacks reached double figures for the first time ever (and the only time in their first 62 games), plundering 16 hits and nine walks in a 15-4 massacre of the Marlins. Brent Brede had three hits, but the only home-run was hit by reliever Gregg Olson, who went 2.2 hitless innings. The game was tied at two after three innings, but Arizona put up a five-spot in the fourth, and another in the seventh. Devon White and Jorge Fabregas each drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks.
  • 2000. The Astros traded Brian Dallimore to the Diamondbacks for Joshua McAfee. McAfee was our 4th-round pick in 1996 [we were drafting before the franchise played an official game], but I guess we "won" this trade, as he never made it above Double-A and was out of the game by 2002. Currently attending the Colorado School of Mines. Dallimore became a free agent then too, but did make the majors for 27 games with the Giants in 2004-05. His first ML hit was a grand-slam.
  • 2010. Despite allowing seven earned runs, Dan Haren got the W in a 9-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field - in part, because he also became the second D-backs pitcher to collect 4 hits in a game. Kelly Johnson had three doubles in reaching base safely for the 12th straight game. Mark Reynolds' three-run homer in the fourth inning off Mitchell Boggs blew the Cardinals' third lead of the game, giving Arizona a lead they'd hold onto the rest of the way.
  • 2011. Ian Kennedy labored a bit, taking 102 pitched to get through 5.1 innings, but gave up one run on four hits and two walks. That was enough to get him the victory, as the bullpen kept Cincinnati hitless the rest of the way, and the D-backs beat the Reds 3-1. Juan Gutierrez, Sam Demel, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz all worked in relief, with a walk off Demel the only base-runner allowed. Hernandez and Putz took 17 pitches to record the last six outs. Stephen Drew had two hjts for Arizona.

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