San Diego - Randy Johnson makes a great reliever, too.
Johnson struck out 16, a major-league record for a reliever, and came
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
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.
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
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