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This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 2

Record: 2-9 - Home: 0-5 - Road: 2-4

  • 1998. Devon White's single with no outs in the eleventh, scored Tony Batista, who'd tripled to lead things off, and the Diamondbacks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Andy Benes twirled a gem, striking out ten and allowing one run on three hits over seven innings, but was in line for the loss as Elmer Dessens and the Pirates bullpen blanked Arizona until the ninth. But Batista homered with one out to tie the game and force extra innings. He, White and David Dellucci each had two hits for the D-backs, and Gregg Olson got the save, despite having the tying run on second with no outs.
  • 2002: The worst defeat in Diamondbacks history, the Dodgers slaughtering Arizona at Bank One Ballpark by a score of 19-1. They pounded out 24 hits, Eddie Oropesa becoming the only NL reliever over the past 15 years to be charged with ten earned runs in an outing. He went twice through the entire LA line-up, facing 18 batters, and retired only five. However, the game is most remembered now for Mark Grace pitching the ninth. He allowed a home-run to David Ross, but his impression of Mike Fetters helped ease the pain. Rod Barajas got Arizona on the board with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly.
  • 2009: Max Scherzer took a shutout into the 8th, and the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 4-1 in Los Angeles. All the Arizona scoring came in the fifth inning: Brandon Allen got the D-backs on the board with a two-run homer, and later in the frame, there were RBI singles by Stephen Drew and Gerardo Parra. The only run allowed by Scherzer came with two outs in the eighth, and marked the end of his game: he scattered seven hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Esmerling Vasquez and Juan Gutierrez recorded the final four outs.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks winning steak ended at nine, thereby saving Derrick Hall from having to shave his head, as the Giants prevailed at AT&T Park, 6-2. Joe Saunders took the loss, struggling with his control and walking four in 5.1 innings; he allowed five hits, and four runs, three earned. The visitors did take the lead, on Miguel Montero's first inning double, but San Francisco scored three in the third, including a two-run homer by Carlos Beltran. Aaron Hill drove in our other run, with a fifth inning sacrifice fly, and Montero had a pair of hits.