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This Day In Diamondbacks History: September 23

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Record: 5-10 - Home: 1-3 - Road: 4-7

  • 1974: Eric Knott born. Trivia time: how many of the 11 starters used by the 2001 Diamondbacks can you name? Sure, everyone will get Schilling, Johnson, Batista and Anderson...but it then gets a bit trickier. You'd need to be a real diehard to get Knott, who started the last game of the season, and was charged with eight runs in 3.2 innings. More remarkably, none of the runs were earned. Only two starters in NL recorded history have allowed more runs in a game without allowing any earned. Not bad, considering it was Knott's only NL start. Full list of 11 is at the end, after the jump. No peeking!
  • 2001: Curt Schilling struck out 13 and rode a 5-run seventh to his 21st victory, as the Diamondbacks came out on top, 6-1 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Matt Williams, Danny Bautista and Tony Womack each had two-hit games, with Williams driving in two run. Schilling went eight innings, allowing five hits and three walks, leading to one run, before Byung-Hyun Kim put up a zero in the ninth. Three of the runs in the seventh came with two outs, courtesy of RBI hits by Williams, Greg Colbrunn and Craig Counsell.
  • 2003: Not such a good day for the D-backs in Coors Field, as they were eliminated from the Wild Card race as their pitching staff conceded a still-standing franchise record 20 runs. Arizona lost 20-9, as the teams combined for 15 extra-base hits, including eight home-runs. The Diamondbacks didn't help themselves with four errors, leading to five unearned runs, but the 17 hits and five walks allowed weren't all that good. Alex Cintron had three hits, Shea Hillenbrand and Matt Kata two apiece, with the latter also driving in three runs.
  • 2011. The Diamondbacks clinched the NL West title, beating the Giants 3-1 at Chase Field. San Francisco took the lead in the fifth on an Orlando Cabrera home-run off Joe Saunders, but Joe kept them in check, allowing just that one run over seven innings on nine hits and no walks. Arizona tied things up in the seventh, Chris Young's double scoring Paul Goldschmift, and in the bottom of the next frame, Goldzilla tripled down the right-field line (below), scoring two runs to give the D-backs the lead. J.J. Putz picked up his 44th save, and pool hilarity ensued...

[The 11 starters used by the 2001 Diamondbacks were (with # regular season games): Schilling (35), Johnson (34), Anderson (22), Batista (18), Robert Ellis (17), Albie Lopez (13), Armando Reynoso (9), Bobby Witt (7), Nick Bierbrodt (5), Mike Morgan (1), Knott (1).]