Two years ago, Seth McClung struggled, as he never reached his potential as a top prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and had an ERA of 6.29. Now he is a starter for the Milwaukee Brewers, and has given the team a spark, with a 3-2 record and a 4.25 ERA.
Last night, McClung held the NL West division leaders, the Arizona Diamondbacks, to six hits and one ER through six solid innings, while striking out four and not walking a single batter. Not only did McClung pitch a solid ballgame, he also had his first two career hits off one the greatest pitchers of all-time, the "Big Unit", Randy Johnson, and went 2-2.
Johnson made history last night by notching his 4,673rd strikeout after whiffing Mike Cameron in the bottom of the first inning. He passed Roger Clemens for second on the all-time list.
The Milwaukee crowd gave their respect to the future first-ballot Hall of Famer by giving him a standing ovation. Johnson had some comments after getting the ovation, and had a lot of respect for the Brewers fans and he tipped his cap to the crowd.
"Walking off the field to get a standing ovation as a visiting player, that meant a lot," Johnson said. "I won't ever forget that."
Johnson couldn't get any run support, and pitched a solid 6.1 innings, allowing only three ER while striking out eight and walking one batter. The big blow came when Ryan Braun hit his 16th homer of the year in the sixth, and Johnson left the game down 3-1. The Brewers blew the game open after that, with homers by the red-hot Prince Fielder (10) and J.J. Hardy (3).
The Diamondbacks started off the season by getting off to a fast 19-8 start in April, but have a 12-19 record since, and a brutal 11-15 record on the road. For the Brewers, it was their fifth win in a row on the homestand, and have just one loss so far on the same homestand.