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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 16

Overall: 5-9 - Home: 3-5 - Road: 2-4

  • 1978: Nick Bierbrodt born. Bierfbrodt was the first ever player picked by the Diamondbacks in the June draft, being our opening round pick - 30th overall - the first time we got to take part, in 1996. It didn't really pan out, with only Dee Brown of the first-rounders that year producing less fWAR than Bierbrodt in their careers to date. We could have taken Jimmie Rollins, Nick Johnson or, er. Milton Bradley instead, all of whom were selected in the second or third rounds, and thus after Bierbrodt.
  • 2007: The D-backs selected Jason Smith off waivers from the Blue Jays. Smith wasn't quite the least significant member of our team, but his four trips to the dish isn't far behind. He was designated for assignment on May 19th, due to the return of Alberto Callaspo. However, an odd turn of events meant it was almost two months before he left. He suffered a burst appendix before the paperwork was processed and as a result, was put on the Disabled List instead until well enough to come off in July.
  • 2009: Max Scherzer finally earned his first win with a 12-0 blanking of the Brave in Atlanta. It took long enough, the victory coming in Scherzer's 23rd career game and his 14th start, snapping a personal seven-game losing streak. Since the franchise came into existence, only three pitchers (Angel Guzman and Jason Bergmann, 14 + Jason Hammel, 17) have had more starts at the beginning of their careers without getting a W by their name. Chris Snyder drove in five runs, including a grand-slam.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks sank into fifth place as a result of an 8-4 defeat at the hands of the San Diego Padres at Petco. They jumped on Armando Galarraga early, scoring five over the first two innings, though three were unearned. He ended up allowing five earned runs in five, and it would turn out to be his last start for the Diamondbacks - and, to this point, in the majors. Justin Upton and Henry Blanco had two hits, Blanco homering twice off Padres' starter Clayton Richard.