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This Day In Diamondbacks Baseball: September 18

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

  • 1998. Andy Benes beat Greg Maddux, and the Diamondbacks beat the Braves, 5-0, at Bank One Ballpark. Benes threw eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Alan Embree gave up two hits and a walk in the ninth, but Gregg Olson came on to face the final batter and preserve the shutout. Andy Fox and Travis Lee each had a pair of hits for Arizona; Lee drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, as part of a three-run seventh, that chased Maddux from the game.
  • 2002. Greg Colbrunn hit for the second cycle in Diamondbacks history, going 5-for-5 with two home-runs, becoming the first player to have two long-balls in a cycle since George Brett in May 1979, It was part of a Diamondbacks' 10-3 victory over the Padres in San Diego. Colbrunn drove in four runs, and Quinton McCracken had two hits and a pair of RBI. Matt Williams homered, had two hits and reached base safely five times in total, with three walks. Rick Helling got the win, giving up three runs in 5.2 innings of work.
  • 2007. Micah Owings threw a complete-game two hitter, blanking the Giants 5-0 at Chase Field. He faced only one batter over the minimum, thanks to a couple of double-plays, walking one and striking out four in a 101-pitch effort. Of course, Owings being Owings, he also also got an extra-base hit, a double. Mark Reynolds and Chris Young each had two hits and drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who put four on the board in the first inning, with the big hit a two-out single by Chris Snyder which scored a pair of runs.
  • 2011. Joe Saunders allowed only an unearned run and came within one out of a complete game, and the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 5-1 in San Diego. Saunders scattered seven hits and a pair of walks, striking out three; J.J. Putz got a one-batter save, coming in with two men on and two out in the ninth. Paul Goldschmidt had two hits, including his eighth home-run of the year, and drove in three runs; four other Arizona hitters also had multi-hit nights, and Miguel Montero also homered, tying the game up in the fourth.