Game 39: R. Johnson, Piazza lift Thunder over Glovers 9-3

Bichette, Monkey pound Flash

The Rolling Thunder needed this one… and he got it.

Randy Johnson pitched a complete game with 17 strikeouts to lead the Rolling Thunder past the Golden Glovers 9-3.

Johnson allowed only four hits and one earned run as he was making his first start back after being shipped to the bullpen for a cycle.

Mike Piazza continued his tear, going 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI, while Rafael Palmeiro added two hits and two RBI.

In the other game, Dante Bichette went 3 for 5 with three RBI, while Barry Bonds and Tony Phillips each added home runs as the Chunky Monkey pounded the Fort Lauderdale Flash 12-4.

Kevin Ritz couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up four earned runs on a hit and three walks, while Arthur Rhodes and Jose Mesa were their usual self, combining for 13 walks, 11 hits and eight runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Jason Jennings got the win, allowing only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings (amazing what a No. 6 starter can do!). Wilin Rosario was 4 for 4 in the loss for the Flash.

Thunder 9, Glovers 3

2016 THUNDER          AB   R   H  BI   
GWYNN           RF     5   2   3   0    
YOUNG           2B     4   2   0   0    
PIAZZA           C     5   1   2   4    
C JONES         3B     4   0   2   1    
BURKS           CF     5   1   2   1    
PALMEIRO        1B     4   2   2   2    
PIERRE          LF     4   0   2   1    
COUNSELL        SS     2   1   0   0    
R JOHNSON        P     5   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     38   9  13   9    

2016 GLOVERS          AB   R   H  BI   
LOFTON          CF     3   1   1   1    
POLANCO         3B     4   0   0   0    
WALKER          RF     4   0   0   0    
CABRERA         1B     4   0   1   1    
GONZALEZ        LF     4   0   1   0    
FRANCO          2B     4   0   0   0    
CARTER           C     2   0   0   0    
HARRISON        SS     3   1   1   0    
FRANCIS          P     2   1   0   0    
T GORDON         P     0   0   0   0    
DARST           PH     1   0   0   0    
FUENTES          P     0   0   0   0    
OROSCO           P     0   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     31   3   4   2    

2016 THUNDER        IP  H  R ER BB SO   
R JOHNSON       W  9.0  4  3  1  1 17   

2016 GLOVERS        IP  H  R ER BB SO   
FRANCIS         L  6.0 10  5  2  1  6   
T GORDON           1.0  0  0  0  0  0   
FUENTES            0.2  1  3  3  2  1   
OROSCO             1.1  2  1  1  2  1   

   E:PIERRE,BURKS,HARRISON              
  2B:GWYNN,C JONES,BURKS,PALMEIRO       
     PIERRE,HARRISON                    
  3B:LOFTON                             
  HR:PIAZZA,PALMEIRO                    
  SH:COUNSELL                           
  SF:LOFTON                             
  WP:R JOHNSON                          
 HBP:PIERRE(BY FRANCIS)                 

Monkey 12, Flash 4

2016 FLASH            AB   R   H  BI   
ZOBRIST         LF     4   0   1   0    
BELTRAN         RF     5   0   1   0    
HELTON          1B     4   1   1   0    
GRIFFEY         CF     4   0   0   0    
CASTILLA        3B     4   1   0   0    
TULOWITZKI      SS     2   1   1   3    
ROSARIO          C     4   1   4   1    
SANDBERG        2B     4   0   1   0    
REYNOLDS        DH     4   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     35   4   9   4    

2016 MONKEY           AB   R   H  BI   
PHILLIPS        2B     3   3   1   2    
V MARTINEZ       C     5   2   2   0    
BONDS           CF     1   3   1   2    
PUJOLS          1B     3   1   1   1    
A RODRIGUEZ     DH     6   1   1   1    
BAUTISTA        LF     2   1   0   0    
BICHETTE        RF     5   0   3   3    
BELTRE          3B     5   0   3   1    
O SMITH         SS     3   1   0   1    
           TOTALS     33  12  12  11    

2016 FLASH          IP  H  R ER BB SO   
RITZ            L  0.1  1  4  4  3  1   
RHODES             4.1  7  4  4  5  4   
MESA               3.0  4  4  4  8  2   
ECKERSLEY          0.1  0  0  0  1  1   

2016 MONKEY         IP  H  R ER BB SO   
JENNINGS        W  7.2  9  4  1  3  9   
D JONES            1.1  0  0  0  0  2   

   E:O SMITH                            
  DP:16 JM (2)                          
  2B:HELTON,BICHETTE,BELTRE             
  HR:TULOWITZKI,ROSARIO,BONDS           
     PHILLIPS                           
BALK:RITZ                               
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