Giant Win for Big Unit

Stamati HoriatesCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

SEATTLE - MAY 22:  Randy Johnson #51 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Seattle Mariners on May 22, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Giants 2-1 in twelve innings. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Randy Johnson seemed to pitch almost effortlessly on Wednesday night to earn his 299th victory of his career.Β  Through six innings, the Big Unit was locked in giving up only three hits, allowing no walks, and striking out five.

Three of those strikeouts came via Chipper Jones who despite striking out a total of four times yesterday still remains one of the most feared and technically sound hitters in the majors.

The outing is Johnson's second productive performance in a row and reiterates how devastating of a pitcher he has been throughout his career.

The win is a big one for the Giants who even up there record at .500 after having won their last three in a row.

While the NL West division seems to be out of their reach thanks to the Major League leading LA Dodgers, the Giants are still in the hunt for a Wild Card spot and potentially one big bat away from being a very dangerous team.

Randy Johnson, despite a few poor outings this season, has looked dominant at times and has given the SF Giants exactly what they were looking for when they signed him during the offseason; a quality fifth starter who has brought countless intangibles to this young, promising pitching staff.

Next week, Johnson will go for his milestone 300th win in Washington against the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball, the Nationals.Β  After that, Johnson will pitch in Florida against the Marlins before returning home to San Francisco.

If all goes as well for Randy Johnson, the next time he is greeted by Giants fans it will be to a thunderous ovation for a lifetime's worth of achievement and the opportunity to win another game for the orange and black.

Stamati Horiates


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