:: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 ::

NLCS Playoff Game 1: Cardinals 12, Diamondbacks 2. Wow. Did the Redbirds really rough up the NL's best leftie, or was I dreaming? I stayed up till midnight, sticking with the Cardinals through six innings, but by then it was way past my bedtime, so I hit the sack and missed half the run production. But despite Cards' starter Matt Morris' shaky early innings, by midnight I felt confident that we had the game in hand.

Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds, who socked a 2-run homer off Randy Johnson in the first inning

St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Edmonds hits a two-run homer in the first inning

Randy Johnson gave up more runs in that game than he did for the entire month of September. As this AP recap from ESPN.com points out, "From the start, Johnson was not his scowling, intimidating self. His fastball never topped 95 mph. His slider had none of the nasty snap that has befuddled hitters all season. The man who is No. 4 on the career strikeout list managed to fan only four, two of them on foul third-strike bunt attempts by Morris."

The Big Unit

The Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson struggled

From ESPN's Wayne Drehs: "Predicting that Randy Johnson is going to get shelled is like forecasting a snowstorm for the Arizona desert: open your mouth to such stupid suggestions and you look like an idiot. Even if you are right, somebody is likely to tie you up in a straight jacket and haul you away. It just doesn't happen. So on Tuesday night, when the St. Louis Cardinals smashed, smacked and slapped the Big Unit all over the barren Arizona desert, handing him the worst postseason defeat of his career, you can imagine the shock in, out and around the Diamondbacks' clubhouse."

I doubt we've seen the last of the Big Unit in this series. If the series goes beyond three games, which is highly probable, we'll see Randy Johnson back for Game 4, ready to avenge the loss.

But for now, we in Cardinal Nation rejoice.

Game summary, box score from Worldseries.com.

:: Andrew 07:58 + ::

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