PHOENIX - It's been quite a weekend for Marshfield High School graduate and Chili native Daulton Varsho.
Varsho, in his second year in Major League Baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks, hit a walk-off home run on Friday night to defeat the San Diego Padres. On Saturday, Varsho was behind the plate and caught the third no-hitter in Diamondbacks' history.
Tyler Gilbert, a 27-year-old rookie making his first career start in the majors, threw a no-hitter as Arizona defeated San Diego 7-0.
The no-hitter is the first ever at home for the Diamondbacks, and Gilbert joins Randy Johnson and Edwin Jackson (2010) as other Arizona pitchers to throw no-hitters. The only blemishes on Gilbert's slate on Saturday were three walks to San Diego leadoff hitter Tommy Pham.
Gilbert became just the fourth player in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in his first career start. The last pitcher to do it was Bobo Holloman in 1953. The other two were before 1900.
After suffering through a 3-for-20 slump, Varsho had two hits in both Friday's and Saturday's games for the D-Backs, upping his batting average to .219. In 57 games this season, the outfielder/catcher has six home runs, 28 RBIs and 38 runs scored.