March 20, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (61) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Record: 4-7 - Home: 2-5 - Road: 2-2
1986: Bruce Ruffin makes his debut. There's certainly room for Trevor Bauer to make his mark: checking back to 1918, there are no great pitchers who first appeared in the majors on today's date. Ruffin, who pitched for a dozen years with the Phillies, Brewers and Rockies, is likely the best of a mediocre bunch which also includes the likes of Jeff D'Amico and Brandon Claussen. Bauer will be the first D-back to debut on this day; the closest pitcher was Vincente Padilla, who appeared for us on June 29, 1999, and allowed three runs on four hits without retiring a batter. Hopefully, that's not an omen.
- 1991: January 17, Trevor Bauer born. It shouldn't be hard for Bauer to become the best pitcher born on that day either, since none of the others have picked up more than 35 wins. That record belongs to the forgettable Lum Harris, who went 35-63 with a 4.16 ERA between 1941-47 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators. He did, however, manage the Atlanta Braves to their first post-season in 1969. Others born on this day include Chili Davis, Darrell Porter, Don Zimmer and, among currently active players, Emmanuel Burriss.
- 2003: The best start on this day in team history was by Brandon Webb against the Detroit Tigers in the Motor City, the first career shutout Webb threw. He scattered seven hits and a walk, with only two strikeouts, but got two double-plays and kept the Tigers 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The 102-pitch effort resulted in a 7-0 Diamondbacks victory, with Luis Gonzalez having two hits and driving in three runs. Matt Kata, Alex Cintron and Chad Moeller also had multi-hit nights in Detroit, as the Diamondbacks won their tenth game in a row.
- 2011: J.J. Putz blew the save in the ninth, allowing a two-run homer in the ninth to Carlos Santana, but Wily Mo Pena came off the bench to deliver a walk-off home-run (below), with two outs in the bottom of the inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Indians 6-4. Arizona had fallen behind, 2-0, but came back to tie things up, then took the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth, on RBI singles off the bats of Kelly Johnson and Justin Upton. Johnson had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Gerardo Parra went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the D-backs. Daniel Hudson allowed two runs over eight innings.