No Offensive Fireworks In Johnson's Pitching Debut
Coming into this Opening Night, the San Francisco Giants fans brought a lot of energy to the ball park.
On this night, Tim Lincecum received his Cy Young Award from last season and Randy Johnson was making his first appearance in a Giants uniform.
Unfortunately, this energy died down at the end of the game because as everyone was hoping to see fireworks on the playing field, they only saw the fireworks in the sky as they left the AT&T Park watching the Giants strand eight base runners in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Although Johnson was at the bitter end of defeat, he showed a dominating presence on the mound when he retired the first three batters in order with two strikeouts.
As the 45-year-old left-hander walked off the field, Giants fans were excited to see what the offense could do tonight after a 10 run outing the night before.
Things started looking very good once Randy Winn opened the game with a walk, and the Giants eventually had first and third with one out for their clutch hitting specialist Bengie Molina.
Hoping for at least a sacrifice fly, Molina instead hit into a twin-killing 6-4-3 double play to end the early threat.
In the second inning, Johnson looked like he was going to breeze on through once again after he retired the first two batters, but Mike Cameron thought otherwise when he hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Giants were able squeeze out the tying run when Emmanuel Burris hit a ground ball to second base knocking in Travis Ishikawa who reached on a one out single.
In the fourth inning, the Giants put a scare into the Brewers when Molina and Pablo Sandoval reached to start off the inning, but unfortunately the lack of Giants "small ball" in tonight's game they were stranded on the base paths.
The top of the fifth inning was an unfortunate one for Johnson because he did what every other pitcher would do in his position. With two outs in the inning and a runner on second, he intentionally walked, eighth hitter Jason Kendall to get to pitcher, Yovani Gallardo.
Instead, Gallardo made the Giants pay for this decision, because he took a two strike fastball over the left field fence for a three run home run.
After Johnson completed the fifth, this would unfortunately be the last Giants fans would see of the Big Unit in his debut outing.
Apart from the two home runs, Johnson had an impressive performance pitching five innings and striking out seven.
With the hope to bail out Johnson so he wouldn't get the loss, the Giants had the perfect opportunity in the seventh inning to do so.
Winn already had a two out knock in the inning to make the score a 4-2 game, where Edgar Renteria and Lewis followed with walks to load the bases for Molina once again.
With a new pitcher on the mound, Todd Coffey, Molina hoped to come up with the clutch hit he was unable to produce in the first inning.
Instead, Molina grounded out to Hardy once again to end another great threat.
Tomorrow the Giants will hope to win the rubber match of the series as Matt Cain takes the mound in his season debut against Manny Parra.
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