Jul 28, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners former starting pitcher Randy Johnson talks to the fans during a ceremony in which Johnson is inducted into the Seattle Mariners hall of fame prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Record: 8-3 - Home: 5-0 - Road: 3-3
1963. Randy Johnson born. Sharing a birthday with, among others, HOFer High Pockets Kelly, Roger Maris, Joey Votto and some guy called "Goldschmidt" whom I don't know anything about. :) Not a bad set. Still, there's no real comparison Johnson has 303 wins - no-one else born today has even reached 100. Heck, the Big Unit started over 600 games - no pitcher with this birthday, even relief ones like Danys Baez, has as many, and even among the position players, only have a dozen have as many appearances, as he has starts.
- 2000. The Diamondbacks came back from three down in Florida to tie the Marlins, but couldn't quite close it, losing 4-3 in 12 innings. Johnson went seven innings, striking out 14, but hurt himself, as his own throwing error allowed two unearned runs in a three-run fifth. The D-backs hit back immediately, on a sacrifice fly by Luis Gonzalez and two-run shot by Greg Colbrunn, but were unable to do anything the rest of the way. Russ Springer took the loss, giving the Marlins a walk-off win with two outs in the 12th, on his second hit of the evening.
- 2004. On his 41st birthday, Johnson did get the W, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings at Chase Field. He walked none and struck out eight as the Diamondbacks beat the Giants, 2-1. It was the third and final time he pitched on his birthday with Arizona: his record in such games was 2-0, with a 1.17 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 23 innings. A two-run homer by Doug Devore in the seventh was all the D-backs scoring, coming after Barry Bonds had scored the games first run in the top of the inning. Devore had two of Arizona's four hits.
- 2011. Back-to-back home-runs off Heath Bell from Chris Young and Lyle Overbay tied this one at five in the ninth inning, and Overbay then drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded to give Arizona a 6-5 win in 10 innings over San Diego at Chase Field. It was the seventh walk-off walk in team history; curiously, the last three have all come in September, against divisional opposition. Overbay went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Young had two hits, driving in two. Wade Miley allowed all five runs in five innings, but the bullpen held the Padres scoreless for five frames.