Preview: Game #141, Diamondbacks @ Giants

Thearon W. Henderson

Well, after last night, things can hardly go any worse, can they? I mean, it's not as if we're facing the last guy in the National League to throw a perfect ga.... Er, never mind. Please carry on.

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Brandon McCarthy
RHP, 3-9, 4.94
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Matt Cain
RHP, 8-8, 4.43

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Adam Eaton, CF
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Eric Chavez, 3B
  5. Martin Prado, LF
  6. Wil Nieves, C
  7. Gerardo Parra, RF
  8. Chris Owings, SS
  9. Brandon McCarthy, P

Surprised to see that yesterday was actually the tenth time the Diamondbacks have been held to one hit in a game, in addition to the no-hitters by Anibal Sanchez and Jose Jimenez - the former took place seven years to the day before Petit's near-perfecto. [Here's the full list of no/1-hitters against us] We've had one each season since 2008, and the first was back in 1999, five days after Jimenez (are we the only team to be no-hit before they were one-hit?). Ron Villone took a no-hitter into the sixth, with a Tony Womack single the only hit allowed by the Reds. Of course, none were broken up after the 26th out, though some did see the opposing pitcher go pretty deep.

The previous longest was July 2001: Mark Mulder took a perfecto into the eighth inning at BOB, before Danny Baustista's single. Apart from that game, and Petit's last night, there has only been one other no-walk one-hitter against the Diamondbacks. That was in May 2010, also by the Giants, and was thrown by... today's starter for them, Matt Cain. It didn't last as long, however, with Mark Reynolds becoming our only base-runner in the second inning, on a two-out double. SF have one-hit us three times: the first, in April 2009, was particularly painful, as it was largely done to us by Randy Johnson, who took his no-hitter into the seventh, where Augie Ojeda (of all people!) doubled.

The Reds and the Dodgers have two apiece, and the latter's game on May 14, 2011 was particularly memorable, because the Diamondbacks still won, as Josh Collmenter and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout of Los Angeles. We scored our run on the second: Stephen Drew got the only hit with a lead-off double, a botched pick-off advanced him to third, and he came home on a Melvin Mora sacrifice fly. So that's a twofer: both the only one-hitter we won, and also about the only good thing Mora ever did for the team...

The other Cincinnati one, in addition to the Villone game mentioned above, was also interesting. It came in April 2008 and was the major-league debut of Johnnie Cueto. He went seven inning, struck out 10 and it's unique for us, in that the only hit was a Justin Upton home-run [that happens more often than you'd think: since 2005, there have been 14 games where a team's only hit was a bomb]. The Diamondbacks managed to score two runs in that game, pushing another across in the eighth without a knock, on a trio of walks and a sacrifice fly.

So, the bottom line is: last night's game is really no more than a footnote in team history, and will likely be forgotten relatively quickly. Getting the bats back to life - and I note we're now 10 games, and 366 PAs, since we homered versus the Giants! - will quickly wash the unpleasant taste from last night out of our mouths.

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