January 7, 2010 |
Bert Blyleven , nicknamed Bert "Be Home" Blyleven by ESPN's pun-loving Chris Berman , might actually have to wait until the eleventh hour to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame. . . . The former Garden Grove Santiago High star, fifth on the all-time strikeout list, should have been voted in long ago. . . . Randy Johnson , whose Cooperstown bust must include his signature mullet, will have a much shorter wait. . . . If NBA teams could still draft players straight out of high school, O.J. Mayo never would have even visited USC, Tim Floyd might still be pulling his hair out in front of the Galen Center scorer's table and the unfairly punished current team wouldn't have had the rug pulled out from under its promising season.
October 5, 2009 |
Randy Johnson made what could be the last appearance of his brilliant, 22-year big league career, pitching one inning of relief in the San Francisco Giants' 4-3, 10-inning win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Although the Big Unit gave up an unearned run in the seventh that tied the game at 3, Pablo Sandoval provided the go-ahead run when he homered on the first pitch of the 10th inning. It was Sandoval's 25th. The 46-year-old Johnson said Thursday that he'll take his time in the off-season deciding his future.
July 1, 2009 |
San Francisco 6, at St. Louis 3: Randy Johnson won his third straight decision and 303rd of his career despite giving up two home runs to Albert Pujols. It was the third multi-homer game in 10 games for Pujols. at Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 0: Freddy Sanchez went three for three and drove in two runs for the Pirates. The Cubs went 11-14 in June. Arizona 6, at Cincinnati 2: Dan Haren held the Reds scoreless into the seventh inning and hit his first career home run for the Diamondbacks.
June 25, 2009 |
San Francisco 6, at Oakland 3: Randy Johnson went seven innings to pick up his 302nd victory. N.Y. Yankees 8, at Atlanta 4: Francisco Cervelli hit his first career homer to break the Yankees' 14-inning drought in Atlanta, then Alex Rodriguez had a key two-run single. at Detroit 5, Chicago Cubs 3: Gerald Laird and Miguel Cabrera homered to help the Tigers win their sixth in a row. Boston 6, at Washington 4: David Ortiz homered and got his 1,000th RBI. at N.Y. Mets 11, St.
June 9, 2009 |
The tall left-hander had not given up a hit through six innings -- and Randy Johnson was already out of the game. Facing the Big Unit, 6-foot-8 rookie Sean West flirted with a no-hitter in the fourth start of his career. West did not give up a hit until the seventh inning, Brett Carroll backed him with the first home run of his career, and the Florida Marlins defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-0, on Monday night.
May 28, 2009 |
at San Francisco 6, Atlanta 3: Randy Johnson (4-4) gave up one run and three hits in six innings to earn his 299th victory. The 45-year-old left-hander struck out five to run his total to 4,843, second most all-time. St. Louis 3, at Milwaukee 2: Todd Wellemeyer (5-4) and the Cardinals bullpen silenced the Brewers, who struck out 27 times in the three-game series.