PHOENIX (AP) -- Two of the baseball's greatest lefties lived up
to their résumés Wednesday night.
"It did come as advertised," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.
"Two of the best left-handers of their generation went out there
and pitched like it."
The lone score was a home run by Kazuo Matsui on the second
pitch of the game -- the first time the rookie from Japan had batted
against the Big Unit.
"Just one pitch was the difference," Mets manager Art Howe
said. "Thank goodness it was on our side."
Glavine (5-2) struck out three and walked two -- one
intentionally -- in 7 2/3 innings. He left with a runner on first
and two outs in the eighth. Braden Looper pitched 1 1/3 innings for
his fifth save in six chances, finishing the three-hitter.
Johnson (3-4) was pulled for a pinch hitter with runners at
first and second and two outs in the seventh. He allowed one run
and three hits, struck out seven and walked two.
"If you're a purist of the game, this is the kind of game I
think that we all miss," Glavine said. "It was fun. ... Every
pitch matters and defensive plays are remembered. It's not just
about who hit a home run and how many times they went deep."
Glavine improved to 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA at Bank One Ballpark.
It was the first time that two left-handers with at least 233
wins apiece have faced each other, according to the Elias Sports
Bureau. Glavine, who is 38, entered the game with 255, Johnson,
at age 40, has 233.
Their 488 wins combined were the most by two left-handers who
started the same game since Steve Carlton (328 wins) went for
Cleveland against Jerry Reuss (196) of California on July 1, 1987.
Yet the two have drastically different styles.
"One pitches with power," Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. "One
relies on the hitter's aggressiveness, getting guys to roll over
and hit weak groundballs."
Johnson has allowed three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings in his
last two outings and lost both games. He left the clubhouse without
talking to reporters after the game.
Steve Finley walked on four pitches to start the seventh inning,
then took second on a passed ball. With two outs, Glavine
intentionally walked Matt Kata, then Greg Colbrunn pinch hit for
Johnson -- and lined out to shortstop.
Johnson was miffed when Brenly pulled him after 6 1/3 innings in
his previous outing. Brenly thought he was tiring in that one. This
one was different, the manager said.
"I didn't see any signs that he was tired tonight, but we
needed to score," Brenly said. "A one-run deficit there and Colby
hits the ball right on the button, but unfortunately right at
Mike Koplove threw two perfect innings of relief for Arizona,
but the Diamondbacks never got a runner beyond second base.
Robby Hammock reached first on the shortstop Matsui's throwing
error with one out in the eighth, then Luis Gonzalez hit into a
fielder's choice. Glavine, who had thrown 112 pitches, was replaced
by Looper, who got Shea Hillenbrand to ground into a fielder's
Matsui homered to left field on a 1-0 pitch -- all three of his
homers have led off games.
"The ball was down. It wasn't that bad of a pitch," said
Hammock, the Arizona catcher. "He went down and got it and hit it
out. He did a good job of hitting right there."
Matsui was aware of Johnson mostly by reputation.
"I was just thinking fastball all the way," Matsui said
through an interpreter. "I just didn't want to be overpowered by
him. That was all I was thinking -- fastball. I don't think you can
get a better result."
Hammock reached to start the Arizona fourth when third baseman
Ty Wigginton's throw pulled Mike Piazza off first. Gonzalez drove
one deep to left field, but Spencer ran it down for the out.
Finley's two-out single put runners at first and second, but Danny
Bautista grounded out to end the inning.
"I think Spencer had probably the play of the day on my ball,"
Gonzalez said. "He made a good catch on it. He did that the whole
World Series [in 2001]."
The Mets plan to activate OF Cliff Floyd on Thursday but
have not announced what corresponding roster move they will make.
... Diamondbacks utilityman Donnie Sadler was struck in the back of
the head by a line drive while he was stretching during batting
practice. He lost consciousness briefly, then got to his feet.
Trainer Paul Lessard said Sadler had a concussion and would undergo
further tests. ... Piazza started at first for the eighth time this
season. ... Arizona LHP Casey Fossum will be activated and start
Friday against Montreal. RHP Elmer Dessens has been sent to the