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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Randy Johnson Wins His 300th: Giants 5, Nationals 1

Randy Johnson pitched six innings with only an unearned run to earn his 300th career victory. Johnson only had two strikeouts in the game, a reminder of how far his game has fallen from his halcyon days. The Giants jumped on Jordan Zimmermann in the second for two runs, and that was all they needed. Ex-Dodger farmhand Joel Hanrahan came on in the top of the ninth for the Nats, and surrendered three insurance runs to pad the run total.

Johnson's attempt for 300 was thwarted by the elements in a rainout yesterday; today's game was the first of a doubleheader, with both games going nine innings. It was Johnson's first attempt at 300.

Johnson was the first player since Christy Mathewson to win his 300th career game in a Giants uniform.

Congratulations to Johnson!

Update: From the Giants recap:

Johnson became the 24th pitcher to reach the 300-win level. The Nationals were a fitting opponent for Johnson, who started his professional career with that franchise when it was known as the Montreal Expos.

Johnson, 45, became just the sixth left-hander to achieve the 300 milestone and the fifth pitcher in the last 50 years to do it on his first attempt, joining Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Gaylord Perry and Tom Seaver.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson also became the second-oldest pitcher to reach the 300 mark -- behind only Phil Niekro, who achieved the feat when he was 46 years and 188 days old on Oct. 6, 1985. Johnson is 45 years and 267 days old.

Johnson is the seventh pitcher in Giants history to win 300 games while pitching for the franchise at some point in his career. He was also be the fourth to hit that plateau as a Giant, joining Tim Keefe, Mickey Welch and Christy Mathewson.

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