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Brandon Webb pitches seven scoreless innings in his first career major-league start, giving up three hits and strikeout out 10 in a 6-1 victory over the Mets in the first game of a double-header, then was promptly optioned back in the minor leagues to make room for Randy Johnson, who came off the disabled list to start the second game of the twin-bill. Johnson struck out 12 in his return, giving the Diamondbacks a major-league record for most batters struck out in a double-header.
Brandon Webb, circa 2003
“We’ve been hearing about Brandon Webb for a long time in this organization,” manager Bob Brenly said afterward. “I don’t think anyone in his wildest dreams thought he’d go out and do what he did today. There’s not much more he could have done. He was spectacular.”
Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals apiece as the Red Wings beat the Coyotes 6-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, ending the Coyotes most successful season since moving to Arizona.
Luis Gonzalez sets a National League record and ties Ken Griffey Jr.’s major-league record by hitting his 12th and 13th home runs in the month of April as the D-backs pound the Atlanta Braves 13-6. Gonzo’s record was eclipsed by Albert Pujols in 2006.
“You see things in this game on occasion that you’ve never seen before,” manager Bob Brenly said. “I think Fins (Steve Finley) said it best, he’s never seen a ball get so small so fast. It seemed like it was accelerating when it hit him in the face out there on the JumboTron.”
Sami Lepisto scores 29 seconds into the game and the Coyotes take a 2-1 lead on the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference quarterfinals with a 4-2 victory. But the victory was bittersweet for the Coyotes, who lose Shane Doan for the remainder of the series due to an injury.
Mikkel Boedker celebrates his game-winning overtime goal with his Coyotes teammates.
Mikkel Boedker’s overtime goal gives the Coyotes a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead over the Blackhawks. The game was best known for a crushing hit on Chicago forward Marian Hossa by Raffi Torres, resulting in Hossa being taken off the ice on a stretcher and a suspension for Torres that carried over into the following season.
In the first of an NHL record five consecutive overtime games, Martin Hanzal scores at the 9:29 mark to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in the opening game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Chicago sent the game into overtime on Brent Seabrook’s goal with 15 seconds left to play.
Martin Hanzal celebrates his game-winning overtime goal.
Luis Gonzalez began his 30-game hitting streak on April 11, 1999, with a home run off of Greg Maddux.
Chris Young, Kelly Johnson and pitcher Edwin Jackson all hit home runs in a 13-run fourth inning as the Diamondbacks wallop the Pirates 15-6 at Chase Field. The 13-run inning stands as a franchise record.
Devin Booker becomes the fourth youngest player in NBA history to crack the 1,000 point barrier, scoring 16 in a 121-100 victory over New Orleans. Only LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have topped 1,000 points at a younger age than Booker (19 years, 162 days).
April 8 2010
Adrian Aucoin scores in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Kings in Los Angeles, giving the team 50 wins in a season for the first time in the 30-year history of the franchise.
Danny Manning, who would be named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year, tears his anterior cruciate ligament in a 103-97 victory over Sacramento, costing a 56-win team one of its most vital players and leading to a first-round playoff exit vs. San Antonio.
After losing their first five games, the D-backs get to Giants starter Shawn Estes for three first-inning runs and hold on for the first victory in franchise history, 3-2 at Bank One Ballpark. Andy Benes, who took the franchise’s first loss, also got the first win, giving up two solo home runs in seven innings.
Mike Smith makes one of 54 saves in a shutout of the Blue Jackets.
April 2 2001
Arizona’s bid for a second national championship in five years came up empty when the Wildcats fall 82-72 to Duke in the title game in Minneapolis. Arizona’s starting backcourt of Gilbert Arenas and Jason Gardner combined to shoot 0 for 12 from 3-point range, and the Wildcats were held scoreless for the final 2:48 after a Richard Jefferson basket had pulled them within three points of the Blue Devils.
April 1 2009
Rookie Al Montoya makes 23 saves in a 3-0 win at Colorado, becoming the first U.S.-born goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in his debut, and the second rookie in Coyotes history to debut with a shutout.