Randy Johnson Strikes Out 7 in 2008 Debut

But Giants get the 5-4 win with late rally off Diamondback bullpen
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 1:29 AM CDT
San Francisco Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Randy Johnson had a hard time finding the strike zone in his season debut, eight months after back surgery. Still, the San Francisco Giants didn't get many good swings against him. The Big Unit did not allow an earned run in five innings, settling down to finish with seven strikeouts and four walks before San Francisco rallied against Arizona's bullpen for a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

The Giants loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs against reliever Chad Qualls (0-1), who allowed Ray Durham's tying RBI groundout followed by Bengie Molina's go-ahead sacrifice fly. Keiichi Yabu (1-1), who pitched after undergoing dental surgery earlier in the day, worked two scoreless innings for his first win in nearly three years. He beat the Giants on May 20, 2005, with the Oakland Athletics.