Randy Johnson should have been this good all along. I'm not saying that just from a statistical standpoint. His FIP was more reasonable than his ERA, but the disconnect was easy to spot with the nekkid eye. The bushels of runs Johnson was giving up didn't match up with what we saw when he pitched. Hitters didn't always look comfortable, and there were a ton of swings and misses. Yet Johnson came into tonight's game with an ERA right at 5.00.
Johnson looked great tonight, even if it was just the A's. And I write that knowing that the Giants offense is just as bad, if not worse. It's hard to just unload a dumptruck of superlatives on a pitcher who beats the A's. But Johnson deserves at least the back of a '69 El Camino filled with superlatives. Great game.
Also of note: Bengie Molina walked tonight! Adding any sort of clarification to that point makes you a lawyer. And not the good kind who protect you from evil corporations, either.
Also, also of note: Nate Schierholtz can hit lefties. Rich Aurilia cannot hit righties. Write it on a 3x5 card if you need to, Bruce.
Also, also, also of note: If I'm so sure that the A's/Giants rivalry is so one-sided, why do I have the urge to scream, "SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK IT, A'S!" from my rooftop?