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This Day In Diamondbacks History: May 29

Overall: 4-8 - Home: 0-4 - Road: 4-4

  • 1999: Byung-Hyun Kim, the youngest player in the Majors at the time, recorded a save in his Major League debut, preserving an 8-7 win for the Diamondbacks over the Mets in New York. That's kinda rare: Frank Gracesqui of the 2004 Marlins was the only other NL player since 1991 to record a "legit" save in his debut (legit = not last man out of the bullpen, or a three-inning blowout game). Kim pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout, while Jay Bell had two hits and three RBI for Arizona.
  • 2001: After the 12-inning game the night before, this one between the D-backs and Giants made that look like a diversion. Erubiel Durazo’s RBI double in the 18th inning gave Arizona a 1-0 win in San Francisco - it was the longest game, by innings, in franchise history. Armando Reynoso and Shawn Estes, along with their respective bullpens, combined for 102 consecutive scoreless outs. Having gone two innings for the win the previous night, Miguel Batists threw four scoreless for the win here.
  • 2003 The Boston Red Sox traded Shea Hillenbrand to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Byung-Hyun Kim. Ah, Kim again... He started five games and saved 16 the rest of the way in Boston, with a solid 3.18 ERA, but fell apart thereafter, with a 5.50 ERA over the final four years of his career, as he roamed Colorado, Florida and had a brief, unsuccessful return to Arizona. I think he's now back in Korea, pitching for the Seoul based team NEXEN Heroes. Kinda odd to realize Kim is still only 33.
  • 2011. The Diamondbacks completed a sweep on the road over the Houston Astros, prevailing by a score of 4-2. Josh Collmenter pitched well, allowing two runs over six innings on four hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, but left trailing 2-1, as the visitors proved unable to solve J.A. Happ. However, Xavier Nady had a two-run double in the eighth, and Juan Miranda followed up with an RBI single, to give Arizona a comeback victory. J.J. Putz closed things out, with a 1-2-3 ninth, for his 16th save.