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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 18

Record: 10-2 - Home: 5-0 - Road 5-2

  • 1967: Eric Young born. Our first-base coach is testament to good things being found late in the draft, as he was a 43rd-round pick by the Dodgers in 1989. He hit .283 over his 15-year career that ended in 2006, and was an All-Star and Gold Glover in 1996, as a second-baseman with the Rockies. That year, he also led the league in stolen-bases, with 53, and he had 465 in his career, which puts him equal 44th on the all-time list. Was on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, but didn't get enough votes to stay on in 2013.
  • 2001: Randy Johnson and two relievers combined to one-hit the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and Arizona won, 4-0. The only hit was Ron Coomer's two-out single in the first, though this wasn't the Big Unit's most dominating work: he walked four and only lasted five innings. Byung-Hyun Kim struck out seven in three hitless relief innings, and Bret Prinz pitched the ninth. Mark Grace and Danny Bautista each drove in two for the D-backs, but Johnson would do much better on this date in three years...
  • 2004: Must be something about this date for RJ, as he also was part of a Detroit shutout in 2008. But this was his finest hour: a perfect game in Atlanta, as the Braves beat the D-backs 2-0. He struck out 13, and went to a three-ball count only once, on future D-back Johnny Estrada. Eddie Perez swung and missed at Johnson's 117th pitch of the night, ending the contest, and RBI knocks from Alex Cintron and Chad Tracy were easily enough offense on one of the best nights in franchise history.
  • 2011: Arizona fell behind Atlanta in the top of the 11th, but scored two in the bottom, on RBI singles by Kelly Johnson and Justin Upton, to claw out a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Chase. Joe Saunders allowed one run in six innings, and left with the lead, but Esmerling Vasquez coughed up two runs in the seventh, and Atlanta moved in front. We tied it back up, Ryan Roberts scoring from second on a wild pitch (below), and Aaron Heilman got the W, despite being responsible for the Braves lead in the 11th.