Not such a good day for a couple of pitchers scheduled to face the M’s late in the week on the current 10-day homestand.
Randy Johnson, the decorated ex-Mariner lefthander, was cuffed around by the Mets in a 9-6 New York victory today in San Francisco, which means he will be seeking only his 299th victory, not his 300th, when the Giants visit Friday night. That takes further luster off the appearance of the Giants, who don’t figure to start ex-Washington righthander and ’08 National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in the series.
About the time Johnson was giving up seven runs and 11 hits to the Mets over four innings, John Lackey of the Angels was having a much shorter outing. In his first start back from an arm problem, Lackey threw two pitches before he was tossed from a game at Texas.
Lackey threw a pitch behind the head of leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler and then hit him with the second pitch before he was ejected. Kinsler had homered twice Friday night in Texas’ victory in the first game of the series. Lackey had been scheduled to throw Thursday in the final game of four between Seattle and Anaheim, but that could be in doubt because of what looms as a likely suspension (of course, Lackey could delay that with an appeal).