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Randy the 'Reliever' Sets Strikeout Record

San Diego - Randy Johnson makes a great reliever, too.

Johnson struck out 16, a major-league record for a reliever, and came

within four outs of combining with Curt Schilling on a no-hitter as the Arizona

Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres, 3-0, yesterday in the completion of

their suspended game.

The game started Wednesday night with Schilling pitching two perfect

innings, but was suspended in the top of the third after two electrical

explosions knocked out the lights in leftfield. Arizona led 1-0 on Mark Grace's

home run.

Johnson was due to start yesterday's regularly scheduled game, but because

the Padres had loaded their lineup with lefthanded batters to face Schilling,

Arizona manager Bob Brenly moved up Johnson to begin the suspended game.

"By no means do I try to go out and strike people out," said Johnson, who

nonetheless is 10th on the career list with 3,265. "But I got in a groove."

Johnson (12-5) said it felt like a normal start, "except I got a mulligan.

I had a one-run lead."

Wiki Gonzalez hit an opposite-field single to right with two outs in the

eighth for the Padres' only hit. Gonzalez also broke up the perfect-game bid by

walking to lead off the sixth.

Johnson's strikeouts, over seven innings, broke the big-league record for a

reliever, set when Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators fanned 15 in the

final 11 1/3 innings of a 15-inning game on July 25, 1913.

Brenly was ecstatic over Johnson's performance, saying, "He might be the

best long man in baseball. That was stellar Randy Johnson right there."

The Padres salvaged a split of the two-game series by winning the regularly

scheduled game, 8-4, snapping a seven-game losing streak to Arizona.

Kevin Jarvis (7-7) won his third straight start and Phil Nevin hit a

two-run homer, his 25th.

Arizona reliever Troy Brohawn was ejected after he hit Ryan Klesko with a

pitch leading off the seventh, causing both benches and bullpens to empty. No

punches were thrown, but Padres third-base coach Tim Flannery and Diamondbacks

pitching coach Bob Welch had to be separated a few times.

Fanning for Relief

Most strikeouts by a relief pitcher:


16: Randy Johnson, Ariz., July 19, 2001, last 7 innings

15: Walter Johnson, Wash., July 25, 1913, last 11 1/3 innings of 15-inning


14: Rube Marquard, N.Y. Giants, May 13, 1911, last eight innings of

nine-inning game

14: Denny McLain, Det., June 15, 1965, 6 2/3 innings of nine-inning game.


11: Moe Drabowsky, Balt., Oct. 5, 1966, 6 2/3 innings of nine-inning game

(Game 1, World Series)

SOURCE: Baseball Record Book


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