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Arizona Diamondbacks Performance of the 2010s poll

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Not an easy decision, but here are the nominees

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Edwin Jackson, June 25, 2010 - No-hitter vs. Tampa Bay

Perhaps the most unlikely no-hitter in history began with Jackson walking SEVEN batters through three innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the third. It took him 66 pitches to get the first out that inning. But Edwin buckled down, and kept posting zeroes. Mark Reynolds made a couple of key plays on defense, and Stephen Drew mopped up a grounder to finish off the no-hitter. It was the third time in less than a year that Tampa Bay were no-hit. But most remarkably of all, it took Jackson 149 pitches to throw the second no-hitter in franchise history (a sharper contrast to the other, Randy Johnson’s perfect game, is hard to imagine). No other pitcher has thrown so many, in any start, for over 14 years.

Paul Goldschmidt, August 13, 2013 - Game-tying HR in ninth, walk-off HR in 11th vs. Baltimore

There have been Diamondbacks players who have hit game-tying home-runs in the bottom of the ninth. There have also been D-backs who have hit walk-off home-runs in extra innings. But how often does a player do both in the same game? It’s very rare. In fact, I think Goldy’s heroics make him the only NL player to have done so, since Brian McCann for the Dodgers on May 17, 2011. And this was back when the Orioles didn’t suck. Indeed, at the time their closer Jim Johnson led the league in saves. Paul didn’t care, bombing a home-run off him to lead off the ninth inning, locking the game up at 3-3. Then, in the 11th, he repeated the damage, walking off against future team-mate T.J. McFarland.

Josh Collmenter, May 29, 2014 - Imperfect game vs. Cincinnati

No-one will mistake Collmenter for Randy Johnson. But they are the only two players in franchise history to throw a complete game over nine innings and face the minimum 27 batters. Collmenter did allow three hits over the course of his outing, but those were all negated by the trio of double-plays which were rolled up after the men got on base. He walked none and struck out five, and it took Josh only ninety-four pitches to complete the shutout. That’s a model of efficiency which hasn’t been matched over a nine-inning game by any Diamondback since. It’s just a shame there were barely eighteen thousand people at Chase Field to experience Collmenter’s glory in person.

Paul Goldschmidt, August 3, 2017 - three HR, +74.5% WP vs. Chicago

Goldy played 1,092 times for the D-backs and had precisely one three-homer game. [Of course, he had one for the Cardinals in game #2 for them!] But it showed up at the best possible time, during a long game in Chicago, interrupted by rain on multiple occasions - it was also the game with the bullpen dance-off. The D-backs led 6-1 at one point, thanks in part to Paul’s first and second homers, a three-run shot and a two-run bomb. But Chicago came back to edge in front after seven, and the game had its third rain-delay at the end of the eighth, with the score tied. Two batters later, Goldy untied it with a solo shot into the dark skies over Wrigley, leaving him a grand-slam short of the home-run cycle.

J.D. Martinez, September 4, 2017 - Four homers vs. Los Angeles

Four home-run games are rarer, even than perfect games. There have been just eighteen over the 125 years since the first, in 1894 - so not much more than one a decade. Arizona was lucky enough to get the most recent, and it couldn’t have come against a better opponent, the victims being the Dodgers in Los Angeles. It seemed unlikely as we entered the seventh only 2-0 up, courtesy of Martinez’s first home-run. But JD and the rest of the offense blew the doors off the LA bullpen, scoring 11 times over the final nine outs. Martinez added solo shots in the seventh and eighth, and was fifth up in the ninth. But he got his chance and came through, his fourth homer giving him 557 yards of long balls on the night.

Zack Greinke, April 2, 2019 - two homers + ten strikeouts vs. San Diego

Shohei who? During his time in Arizona, Greinke hit a robust .230 and his OPS of .600 was better than Jeff Mathis here (.571) and basically identical to Jarrod Dyson (.601). If any pitcher was going to match Micah Owings’s feat of going deep twice in a game, Zack was a good bet. And so it proved last April in San Diego. two years to the day after the previous pitcher to perform the feat: MadBum, against the D-backs. Greinke also got the win, going six innings in a quality strike and fanning ten Padres. He and Bumgarner are the only men in the era of the designated hitter (since 1973) to have hit two HR in a game, while also striking out double-digit opposing batters.

Poll

What was the single-game performance of the 2010’s for the Diamondbacks?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Edwin Jackson, June 25, 2010 - No-hitter vs. Tampa Bay
    (11 votes)
  • 5%
    Paul Goldschmidt, August 13, 2013 - Game-tying HR in ninth, walk-off HR in 11th vs. Baltimore
    (7 votes)
  • 12%
    Josh Collmenter, May 29, 2014 - Imperfect game vs. Cincinnati
    (15 votes)
  • 4%
    Paul Goldschmidt, August 3, 2017 - three HR, +74.5% WP vs. Chicago
    (5 votes)
  • 51%
    J.D. Martinez, September 4, 2017 - Four homers vs. Los Angeles
    (64 votes)
  • 18%
    Zack Greinke, April 2, 2019 - two homers + ten strikeouts vs. San Diego
    (23 votes)
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