This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 28

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

  • 1957. Kirk Gibson born. Hah! "Born," they say. Forged by Norse giants in the bowels of a volcano, the bits they discarded then being used to create Thor's hammer, more like. What might you not know about Gibson? In 1987, he took a Cessna 206 to a record height of 25,200. The NY Times said, "A Cessna 206 has reached 22,000 feet before, but not with the same specifications as Gibson's plane." I believe the plane was going to give at that height. Then Cap'n Kirk glared at it. Three thousand extra feet ensued.
  • 2001: As sb24ws2005 noted yesterday, it was a bit of an amazing week for the D-backs. They were playing in San Francisco on Memorial Day that year too, and clawed out a 2-1 win over the Giants, though it took 12 innings. The game was scoreless through nine, Randy Johnson putting up seven zeros. The teams traded runs in the tenth, Bret Prinz blowing the save, but Miguel Batista held the Giants hitless for two, and Mark Grace's solo shot off Tim Worrell in the 12th was enough for a win.
  • 2005: Javier Vasquez set a club record with 46 straight innings and 183 consecutive batters faced without a walk. Vasquez also hit his first homer, a solo shot in the seventh off Duaner Sanchez, which tied the game and was the margin in a 5-4 win over the Dodgers at Chase. That same inning, Luis Terrero was awarded an infield triple, after Sanchez threw his glove at the ball as it bounced over his head. Kelly Stinnett won it for Arizona, with a walk-off bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks crushed the Astros 11-3 in Houston, Zach Duke allowing only three hits and a walk over seven scoreless inning - it was a shutout until the ninth, when Zach Kroenke gave up three runs. Like Vasquez six years previously, Duke also had his first career homer, a three-run shot in the fourth off Bud Norris, which put the visitors 6-0 up. For Arizona, Stephen Drew was 4-for-5, Miguel Montero had a trio of hits and Gerardo Parra drove in three runs, pacing the D-backs' 13-hit attack.
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