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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: September 13

Record: 6-6 - Home: 4-5 - Road: 2-1

  • 1971. Brent Brede born. Brede was the starting left-fielder in the Diamondbacks' very first game, against the Colorado Rockies in 1998. While everyone probably knows that Travis Lee had the first hit in team history, you'd have to be a true fan to know Brede had the second, singling to lead off the second inning for Arizona. He played 96 games for us that year, but was released at the end of the year, and tried his luck in Japan the following season. He came back and played for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in 2000, and was last heard of coaching basketball in his native Illinois.
  • 1998. Andy Benes and Gregg Olson combined on the first one-hitter in Diamondbacks history, as they blanked the Reds 5-0 in Cincinnati. Benes took a no-hitter into the ninth, before Sean Casey singled with one out. Benes was lifted after walking the bases loaded: he issued five walks and struck out six, in a 138-pitch effort - the only outing for us of more than 132 pitches by anyone not called Randy Johnson, until Edwin Jackson's 149-pitch no-hitter. Olson got a game-ending double play, while Andy Fox and Matt Williams each had two hits for Arizona.
  • 2003. The Diamondbacks scored a season-high 16 runs, pounding the Rockies 16-6 at Bank One Ballpark. Alex Cintron went 4-for-4 and Raul Mondesi had three hits and drove in four runs for Arizona, who led 8-1 after two innings. Junior Spivey had a pair of hits, while Luis Gonzalez and Felix Jose had three RBI apiece, the latter with a bases-clearing double in the sixth. Miguel Batista did a five and dive, allowing six runs on nine hits but getting the W. Oscar Villarreal struck out four over a pair of hitless innings of relief.
  • 2011. Chris Young drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the tenth inning, to push the Diamondbacks past the Dodgers 5-4, with J.J. Putz picking up his 40th save, around a two-out walk in Chavez Ravine. Ian Kennedy allowed four runs in the first, but rebounded to hold Los Angeles scoreless for the next five innings, and Arizona tied things up in the seventh, on Gerardo Parra's home-run off Kuo (below) - his perceived showmanship was not appreciated by the Dodgers, and got him drilled by Clayton Kershaw the next night. Parra had three of the D-backs' seven hits.