- 1980: Two of our starting line-up (Kubel and Young) were born today, but let's go with a third D-back, the late, fairly lamented Scott Hairston. He was a third-round draft-pick in 2001, and was originally a second-baseman, starting 83 games there for us in 2004. The errors there forced a move to the outfield, and at one point looked like he could become a useful fourth man in the Arizona outfield, behind Chris Young, Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin. Then we re-signed Eric Byrnes instead.
1999: Randy Johnson struck out a dozen San Diego hitters, earning his first shutout with the Diamondbacks, and added an RBI double, in the 4-0 victory over the Padres. Johnson scatted six hits and one walk in a 123-pitch effort. Arizona managed only six hits off Sterling Hitchcock and two San Diego relievers, but three went for extra-bases, including a home-run off the bat of Travis Lee, and also scored a run on a wild pitch.
2007: Mark Reynolds went 5-for-5 with a pair of home-runs, 13 total bases and five RBI in a 13-3 win over the Astros at Chase, just nine days after his contract was purchased from Double-A Mobile. That was part of a 17-hit attack by Arizona, Quentin getting three hits and driving in three, with birthday boy Hairston and Stephen Drew each getting a pair of knocks. The D-backs sent up 12 in an eight-run sixth, which saw Special K triple and homer. Edgar Gonzalez allowed one run in five innings for the W.
- 2011: Ian Kennedy pitched a gem in Coors, allowing one run to the Rockies over eight innings, and the Diamondbacks got all their offense in the sixth inning, scoring twice to come out on top by a score of 2-1. Kennedy scattered seven hits and two walks, striking out three, and J.J. Putz closed things out with a perfect ninth. Kelly Johnson had a pair of hits for Arizona, while Chris Young and Justin Upton drove in runs during the sixth. Jason Hammel took the loss, despite both runs being unearned.