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#1 Posted on 18.5.04 2049.38
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Golly!

http://sports.yahoo.com/ mlb/boxscore?gid=240518115

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#2 Posted on 18.5.04 2051.45
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First Sheets K's 18 Braves, then Johnson won't let 'em get on base.

It's certainly been an interesting couple of days in Atlanta. GREAT game - and it was something of a pitching duel to boot, with Hampton ALSO going the distance...though certainly less than perfect.
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#3 Posted on 18.5.04 2052.27
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That was pretty damn cool.
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#4 Posted on 18.5.04 2053.55
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Spectacular job by Randy Johnson. 117 pitches, 87 strikes. Mike Hampton had a good outing, too - it would've been good enough to win most days. It just wasn't most days.

(Got cliche?)
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#5 Posted on 18.5.04 2054.12
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Johnson is one of those rare guys where there is a good possibility of this happening every time he takes the ball. He was efficient too, only 117 pitches, and only 30 balls.

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#6 Posted on 18.5.04 2054.13
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http://sports.yahoo.com/ mlb/recap?gid=240518115

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer
May 18, 2004

ATLANTA (AP) -- Arizona's Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters to lead the Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.

The 40-year-old left-hander struck out 13 and went to three balls on just one hitter -- Johnny Estrada in the second inning. Estrada fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches before going down swinging.

It was the 17th perfect game in major league history, the 15th since the modern era began in 1900 and the first since the New York Yankees' David Cone against Montreal on July 18, 1999.

Cy Young, then 37, had been the oldest to throw a perfect game, doing it in 1904.

It was the second no-hitter of Johnson's career. The other was for Seattle against Detroit on June 2, 1990.


I will add that the previous Perfecto was from El Presidente in 1991 for Les Expos....which is the only reason I still call it that. ;-) THAT box score (baseball-almanac.com)

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#7 Posted on 18.5.04 2059.21
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Ok first off going perfect is insane and only having 3 balls on one batter is even crazier. Last two innings I was switching back from this and the Flyers because one of my friends called. I think this just locked up any doubt about the hall of fame for the unit. I cant wait to see the attendance for the game though cause it looked empty.
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#8 Posted on 18.5.04 2059.45
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I picked it up in the 8th inning.

What's cool about stuff like the no-no is that it's one of the few times it's okay to cheer the opposing team.
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#9 Posted on 18.5.04 2100.01
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I will add that the previous Perfecto was from El Presidente in 1991 for Les Expos....


Didn't David Wells pitch one while "half-drunk?"
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#10 Posted on 18.5.04 2104.38
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What's amazing about all the perfect games is that the biggest margin of victory was 6 runs, and with the exception of 1 5-run win back in the pre-modern era, all the other ones have been 4-0 affairs or less. Most of them have been 2-0. (Heck, in the game you linked to, Z, Morgan went 9 IP, 0 ER, and lost. How often does that happen?)
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#11 Posted on 18.5.04 2108.28
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Didn't David Wells pitch one while "half-drunk?"

The last NL perfect game was Martinez.

In the AL, we've had David Wells, David Cone, and Kenny Rogers (KENNY ROGERS?!?!?!?!) since 91.

Tonight was the 3rd Perfect Game I've got to witness live - which is just unbelievably cool since I doubt many people will get an opportunity to see ONE. I caught the Cone and Wells games - and I've seen a no-no with Millwood's against the Giants last season.

Still have yet to catch a 4 homer game live though.
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#12 Posted on 18.5.04 2108.46
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    Originally posted by gugs
      Originally posted by CRZ
      I will add that the previous Perfecto was from El Presidente in 1991 for Les Expos....


    Didn't David Wells pitch one while "half-drunk?"


Martinez was the last NL perfect game while the AL last two have been David Cone and David Wells.
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#13 Posted on 18.5.04 2110.42
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    Originally posted by cfgb
    Didn't David Wells pitch one while "half-drunk?"

    The last NL perfect game was Martinez.
Ja, I left out "NL," sorry.
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#14 Posted on 18.5.04 2116.57
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I was flipping between the Red Sox and Braves (with some of the Flyers and Heat thrown in)games most of the night, but somehow I had convinced myself Chipper was batting clean-up, so when he struck out to end the 7th, I thought he was pitching a 1-2 hitter. Then, TBS shows the 'Last Perfect Game' graphic, and I realize Chipper was batting 3rd and the Braves offense hadn't done anything again tonite. Somewhat surprised they didn't put Perez up for the 8th hitter and leave Hampton in to hit, as he probably had a better chance of getting a hit. Scariest part about Johnson is 97-98 on the gun to get the last 2 strikeouts.
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#15 Posted on 18.5.04 2129.28
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    Originally posted by TheCow
    Mike Hampton had a good outing, too - it would've been good enough to win most days. It just wasn't most days.


You're right. On most days, the Braves might get 1 or 2 hits. Sigh..

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#16 Posted on 18.5.04 2129.28
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    Originally posted by gugs
      Originally posted by CRZ
      I will add that the previous Perfecto was from El Presidente in 1991 for Les Expos....


    Didn't David Wells pitch one while "half-drunk?"


Not half drunk, just with a screamin' hangover...at least, that's what his book said.
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#17 Posted on 18.5.04 2229.17
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Dock Ellis claimed to have thrown a no-hitter on LSD

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ellis.htm
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#18 Posted on 18.5.04 2259.45
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And Squiggy put him up to tell the real story!

Courtesy Seattle Times 5/16 (Full article requires registration)

Jim Rome should be ashamed. Does Squiggy know baseball? Heck, he knows so much he's actually changed baseball history. Lander says he is the one who persuaded former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis to admit he pitched a 1970 no-hitter on LSD. For years Ellis tried to cover it up by saying he was drunk.

"It's a much better story if you tell the truth," Lander told him.
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#19 Posted on 19.5.04 0046.35
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OK, lets all get the good jobs in, but also remember this is a guy that has won what, a dozen games in two years? AND he is 40 years old and his fastball was clocked at 97MPH tonite. Talk about DOMINATING! I can only hope Arizona is out of it in August and the Yanks come calling!
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#20 Posted on 19.5.04 0132.56
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    OK, lets all get the good jobs in, but also remember this is a guy that has won what, a dozen games in two years? AND he is 40 years old and his fastball was clocked at 97MPH tonite. Talk about DOMINATING! I can only hope Arizona is out of it in August and the Yanks come calling!


2002 - 24 wins, 5 losses, 35 games started, 260 innings pitched, 334 k's, 2.32 ERA


2003 - 6 wins, 8 losses, 18 games started, 114 IP, 125 k's, 4.26 ERA (and a knee surgery)


2004 - 4 wins, 4 losses, 9 games started, 63 IP, 81 k's, 2.43 ERA.

If by the last two years you mean his injury-shortened 03 season and the still-young 04 season, then you're right, but if you want to go back the last two full season, RJ was as dominating in 2002 has he'd ever been. Maybe his knee has finally recovered fully?

He probably won't match those 2002 numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if he came close, either.

I highly doubt that Colangelo will trade RJ to the Yankees. There is much animosity between himself and Steinbrenner over David Wells from a couple of years ago, and also the Curt Schilling trade this past offseason. Besides...if the Snakes are out of it in August, it'll be too late to trade him anyway, as he'd have to clear waivers, and I have the feeling that there would be many teams willing to pick up the rest of his contract.
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