D-backs Vault: Benitez's monumental home run

March 10th, 2022

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June 28, 1998: Benitez's monumental home run
Yamil Benitez appeared in just 91 games for the D-backs, but he does hold a special place in franchise history as the first D-backs' player to hit a walk-off homer when he homered of Bobby Ayala in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Mariners.

June 29, 2004: Johnson notches 4,000th career strikeout
Randy Johnson struck out Jeff Cirillo to pick up career strikeout No. 4,000 on this day at Chase Field. Johnson would go on to finish his career with 4,875 strikeouts, second only to Nolan Ryan in AL/NL history.

July 13, 2007: Salazar snatches home run from Giles
Padres right fielder Brian Giles thought he had a home run when the ball left his bat, and indeed he would have had one if D-backs right fielder Jeff Salazar hadn't climbed the wall and reached over the fence to catch it.

Sept. 8, 1999: Three homers for Finley
Steve Finley belted three home runs against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Finley's homers came in the sixth against Hideo Nomo, in the seventh off Mike Myers and in the ninth off David Weathers.

May 11, 2002: An immaculate inning for BK
Byung-Hyun Kim struck out the Phillies in order in the eighth inning on just nine pitches, what is known in baseball as an "immaculate inning."

Sept. 19, 2003: Big Unit hits first (and only) HR
Randy Johnson was not known as a great hitter during his career, but he did have one home run to his credit. It came off the Brewers' Doug Davis in 2003, and the Big Unit, all business on days he pitched, did not even crack a smile as he rounded the bases.

April 5, 1998: First win in franchise history
The D-backs opened their inaugural season 0-5 before recording their first victory when they beat the Giants, 3-2, at Bank One Ballpark.

April 1, 2002: Big Unit's Opening Day shutout
The D-backs celebrated their 2001 World Series championship before the game and then Randy Johnson got the '02 season off to a roaring start, as he tossed a shutout against the Padres at Chase Field.

Oct. 14, 2001: Womack's walk-off sends D-backs to NLCS
Tony Womack
's RBI single to left-center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Danny Bautista as the D-backs beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to advance to the NLCS.

Aug. 22, 1999: Back-to-back-to-back jacks
It was quite a way to start a game: Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams and Erubiel Durazo hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning as the D-backs beat the Pirates, 7-5, at Three Rivers Stadium.

Aug. 27, 2000: Finley scales wall to rob Ventura
When Mets infielder Robin Ventura connected with an Armando Reynoso pitch it seemed sure to be another home run for the slugger. Center fielder Steve Finley, though, showed why he was a Gold Glover as he leaped and reached over the wall to rob Ventura.