With the news that Randy Johnson is working on a 3rd no-hitter, I thought I would jump in and do a live blog of the Big Unit’s attempt at making history yet again. We pick up the game with the Giants leading 1-0 in the top of the 7th inning.
Game – Diamondbacks vs Giants
Date – 4/19/09
1. Ojeda, SS
2. Byrnes, LF
3. Lopez, 2B
4. T. Clark, 1B
5. C. Young, CF
6. J. Upton, RF
7. Roberts, 3B
8. Snyder, C
9. Scherzer, P
1. Lewis, LF
2. Burriss, 2B
3. Winn, RF
4. Molina, C
5. Rowand, CF
6. Sandoval, 3B
7. Ishikawa, 1B
8. Renteria, SS
9. Johnson, P
So we pick up the game in the top of the 7th. Johnson has thrown 65 pitches threw 6.
Can you freakin believe this?? The first pitch Johnson throws to Augie Ojeda, Ojeda hits a double down the left field line. Unreal, talk about a jinx.
Byrnes lays down a beautiful bunt down the third base line but Sandoval is there to throw him out. The bunt moves Ojeda to third.
With the infield playing in, Lopez hits a sharp grounder to Renteria. Renteria holds the runner a 3B and gets the out at first.
After falling behind 2-0, Johnson throws 3 wicked sliders to Clark and strikes him out.
I really can’t believe as soon as I start to cover this game, Johnson loses the no-hitter.
Johnson was going for no-hitter #3 on Sunday
Fred Lewis goes down on strikes. Giants still lead 1-0. I feel every game they have is either 2-1 or 1-0. I guess that should be expected when your cleanup hitter is Bengie Molina and your home ballpark has a CF fence that is 600 ft away from home plate.
Burriss lines out to right, 2 outs. That brings up Randy Winn. I have always liked Winn, one of the more underrated players in the game. I am on point today because just as I write this, Winn whiffs on 3 pitches.
I am definitely not playing the Lotto today.
After 7, it is still 1-0 Giants
I just flipped on the Royals vs Rangers game and Kyle Farnsworth blows another one for the Royals. Someone should just punch Trey Hillman in the face when he says “warm up Farnsworth.”
Bobby Howry in to replace the Big Unit. The Dbacks must be thrilled that Johnson is out of the game. 7 innings, 1 hit and 7 K’s for Johnson. Not a bad day at the office
Chris Young pops up to Renteria at short. 1 out
Howry just threw a wicked slider to Upton, 1-2. Upton works the count to 3-2. They just showed a panoramic view of AT&T Park. Man, is that stadium beautiful. Upton whiffs on a 3-2 fastball on the outside corner. 2 outs.
Chad Tracy comes to the plate as a pinch hitter for the pitcher Rodriguez. Tracy pops up to 3rd to end the inning.
3 up, 3 down and we head to the bottom of the 8th with the Giants still leading 1-0.
Jon Rauch is in to the game for the Dbacks and is promptly greeting by a Molina single to left.
2 batters faced by Rauch, 2 singles as Rowand singles to left. Bob Melvin makes the signal to the pen to bring in the lefty Schoeneweiss. Every Mets is laughing right now.
Up comes Pablo Sandoval and he comes to the plate with “Shipping up to Boston” playing in the background. Huh? Sandoval rips a single to left. Bases loaded with nobody out. 3 batters and 3 singles to left.
Bob Melvin out again to make another pitching change. Shocker games last 3 and a half hours now a days.
Tony Pena comes into the game. Kind of begs the question why didn’t Pena start the inning?
Aurillia who was pinch hitting for Ishikawa hits into a 6-4-3 double play. Molina scores and makes it 2-0. That ball was hit hard enough where Ojeda, even though he was playing back, could have gotten Molina at home.
Well Pena does his job as Renteria grounds out to Ojeda to end the inning.
But the Giants do add a run to make 2-0 heading into the 9th inning.
Brian Wilson is on to close the game for the Giants. This is Wilson’s 3rd game in a row so it wouldn’t shock me if Wilson wasn’t sharp today.
Wilson strikes out Snyder and a great fastball on the inside corner. Nothing Snyder could do there, just a perfect pitch.
Mark Reynolds flies out weakly to right. 2 outs
Ojeda grounds to SS to end the game. Well, Wilson was anything but not sharp. He just mowed down the dbacks hitters in the 9th.
So the Giants win 2-0 and improve to 4-8 and the Diamondbacks fall to 4-8. But the story of the game was Randy Johnson and his attempt at a 3rd no-hitter. Johnson pitched 6 innings of no-hit baseball but gave up a hit to Ojeda in the 7th. Johnson settles for the win and this is win #296 in the career of Randy Johnson.