Big Unit stands tall in face of fatigue

Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2002

NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson showed there were no lingering effects from last week's grueling start.

Johnson struck out his first six batters and pitched a two-hitter Monday as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a four-game sweep with a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets.

''He was a man on a mission today,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. ''He threw 149 pitches last time out and it was hot, humid conditions today. We weren't sure what we would get out of him today. The guys in the bullpen were on alert, but Randy handled things by himself.''

Coming off the longest outing in the majors this year Wednesday in Montreal and pitching in 89-degree heat didn't slow the Big Unit.

''It might have affected me in the past, but it obviously didn't affect me today,'' he said.

Johnson (16-4) came within two of Jim Deshaies' record for most strikeouts to start a game and didn't allow a hit through five innings.

''Today's game was a mental and physical grind,'' Johnson said. ''It was a 2-0 ballgame, I threw a lot of pitches the start before, and the weather was tough.

"I was just really focused to get through the ninth inning.''

Phillies 7, Dodgers 5

PHILADELPHIA -- Giovanni Carrara hit Todd Pratt and Jimmy Rollins with pitches with the bases loaded as Philadelphia rallied.

With Los Angeles leading 5-4 in the eighth, Paul Shuey (0-1) walked Placido Polanco, gave up a single to Bobby Abreu and a two-out RBI single to Travis Lee.

Shuey walked Jason Michaels, loading the bases. Carrara relieved and hit Pratt on the left shoulder with his first pitch, forcing in Abreu with the go-ahead run. Two pitches later, Carrara hit Rollins in the back with a pitch.

Mike Timlin (3-3) allowed one hit in two innings, and Jose Mesa got thee outs for his 32 save in 39 chances, retiring Dave Roberts on a game-ending flyout with the bases loaded.

Los Angeles had taken a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning as Adrian Beltre and Mark Grudzielanek homered on consecutive pitches by Brandon Duckworth and Timlin. Hideo Nomo struck out 10 in seven innings.

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