Diamondbacks 5, Padres 0
Johnson pitched a two-hitter for his first win of the season and added a two-run double to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory Friday night.
“It was vintage Randy Johnson,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. “He had a great fastball. The slider kind of came and went, but he had a tremendous split-finger. He was very aggressive, and they were swinging at a lot of early pitches.”
Johnson (1-1) had eight strikeouts and one walk in recording his 36th career shutout. He allowed only one runner to reach second base and set down his last 16 batters after allowing a two-out single to Ramon Hernandez in the fourth inning.
“It was great defense, first and foremost. I could pick my spots,” Johnson said. “Their team seems to be a bit more aggressive. Throwing strikes was big for me because they were putting the ball in play. That was one reason that I had the stamina that I had—because I didn’t labor.”
Johnson threw 116 pitches, including 80 strikes.
“There was never a doubt in my mind that he was going to finish that game unless he asked me to take him out, and he’ll never do that,” Brenly said. “It was fun to see Randy do what he has done so well for so many years.”
The Diamondbacks, who won their second game in a row following five straight losses, took a 5-0 lead with three runs in the sixth off reliever Antonio Osuna. Johnson doubled off the right-field wall to score the first two runs of the inning, batting for the second time in the game with the bases loaded.
“Even if balls aren’t close, I’m going to swing,” Johnson said. “When you come up two times with the bases loaded, you better either come up with a hit, put the ball in play, or pitch really well. The bat hit the ball, and it was a fun game.”
San Diego, blanked for the first time this season, lost its third straight.
“It was typical fashion (for Johnson),” said Brian Buchanan, who singled for the first Padres hit. “He got stronger as the game went on. It was just one of those games that he had it going.”
Jake Peavy (0-1) dropped his sixth straight start against the Diamondbacks, extending to July 26, 2002. He gave up two runs and four hits in five innings, making 105 pitches.
“A couple of leadoff walks hurt him, but overall he made a good adjustment and pitched good enough to win,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We just ran into a well-pitched ballgame.”
Although he had a season-high six strikeouts, Peavy issued four walks, two more than he allowed in his previous two starts combined this season.
Johnson, who improved his career record to 13-2 against the Padres, entered with a 5.54 ERA in two starts. In his previous outing, he gave up five runs in seven innings and got a no-decision in a 6-5 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
It helped this time, he noted, to pitch at spacious Petco Park.
“You can be a little more aggressive by throwing the ball out over the plate a little more,” Johnson said. “You don’t have to hit your spots quite as much. That was the case this time.”
San Diego’s Mark Loretta and Sean Burroughs each had a nine-game hitting streak snapped. … The Diamondbacks ended a streak of four straight losses to San Diego, their longest skid ever against the Padres. … San Diego had runners on first and second in the fourth with two outs, but Johnson gotBuchanan to hit into a force play.