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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 19

Overall: 9-5 - Home: 5-1 - Road: 4-4

  • 1968. Alan Zinter born. One of only four Arizona players whose last name started with the letter Z - you should be able to get the other three. Zinter appeared in 28 games during the 2004 season, but started only four times, three at 1B and one as a DH: yep, the position wasn't exactly a tower of strength for us then, Zinter's career OPS+ being 37. He coached in our system for a bit, as Missoula, Visalia and Mobile, and is now a minor league hitting coordinator in the Cleveland Indians organization.
  • 1999: Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 as the Diamondbacks lost 8-3 to the San Francisco Giants. Which wouldn't be of much interest, except that the hitless appearance snapped his club record 30-game hitting streak. To put it into context, the last Arizona hitter even to manage a twenty-game hitting streak was more than eight years ago: Danny Bautista reached 21 in April 2004. Indeed, only five players in the majors have surpassed Gonzo's run, most recently Dan Uggla's 33 games last year.
  • 2007: Doug Slaten got his first career win as the D-backs overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Piraes 9-8 in Pittsburgh, Micah Owings was swatted about and failed to escape the third, where the home team held a 7-1 lead. However, Arizona came back, Tony Clark hitting a pinch-hit grand slam in the tie things up, and Carlos Quentin had a two-run single in the next frame, as Arizona held on. Mark Reynolds hit his first career homer and had three knocks; Stephen Drew also got three hits.
  • 2011: A trio of two-out hits in the sixth inning were enough for Arizona, as Chris Young's homer and Juan Miranda's RBI triple, separated by a Miguel Montero single, gave the D-backs just enough to beat the Braves 2-1 at Chase. Josh Collmenter faced two over the minimum in his six shutout innings of work to get the win. Four relievers took things the rest of the way, though a Justin Upton error in the ninth ended the shutout and put the tying run on base, before J.J. Putz closed the door.