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Thursday, May 29, 2008

History Calls As Randy Johnson Ties Roger Clemens For Career Strikeouts: Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3

Randy Johnson is having a game that recalls the Big Unit games of old, striking out nine, the last being Dan Ortmeyer to lead off the seventh. He's just tied Roger Clemens' 4,672 strikeouts.

Update Top 7th: Johnson got out of the inning by getting Jose Castillo to ground out to third in an excellent play by Mark Reynolds. He won't surpass Clemens until his next appearance, which should be Tuesday in Milwaukee. Barring a bullpen collapse, Johnson should earn win 289 of his long and illustrious career.

Incidentally, Barry Zito is pitching one of his better games of the year, earning a quality start.

Top 8th: San Francisco rallies when 1B Conor Jackson misplayed a routine grounder, allowing Ray Durham to reach. Reliever Tony Pena then plunked John Bowker to load the bases, and walked pinch-hitter Fred Lewis to make it 3-3, depriving Johnson of his win.

Top 9th: Randy Winn blasts his second homer of the game to give the Giants the lead for the second time in the game, matching a career high of twice in one game; coincidentally, the last two times he did this were also against the Snakes, on September 30, 2005 and September 3 that same year.

Bottom 9th: It's final. The Giants sweep the Diamondbacks in Arizona, who had the best record in the NL prior to this series, and still have the largest lead of any team, four games over the second-place Dodgers. It helps to be in a crummy division, and who thought we'd be saying that about the NL West before this season started?

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