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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-09-29


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2008-09-29
--LHP Randy Johnson, in possibly his last start in a Diamondbacks uniform, gave up two singles and struck out nine in a 2-1 victory over Colorado in the season finale. It was his 295th career victory and his first nine-inning complete game since July 16, 2005, in a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh while with the Yankees. Johnson is a free agent, and it is unclear how he fits into the D-Backs' projected payroll in 2009. "Absolutely," Johnson said when asked if he considered that Sunday might be his last game with the D-backs, although he went no further about his future plans. "I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight," he said.

Johnson received a standing ovation when he left in the ninth inning, and chants of "Ran-dy, Ran-dy" brought him out for a curtain call. "Very heart-warming," he said. "The fans here have been very supportive. I appreciate that."

--3B Mark Reynolds, who had two strikeouts and an error in the season finale, became the second player to lead the major leagues in strikeouts and errors in the same season. Reynolds had 204 strikeouts and 35 errors, although he also led the D-backs with 28 home runs and 97 RBIs. Cubs shortstop Roy Smalley struck out 114 times and had 51 errors in 1950. "It's a matter of pitch recognition and being more patient and more selective. Right now, it's still a learning curve," Reynolds said.

--The D-backs drew 2,474,038 fans this season, their highest total since 2004. They drew about 149,000 more fans than last season with sales of season tickets and season-ticket equivalents at about 16,000. "It's a pretty good indicator that the fans like the product on the field and like the way they are treated at the ballpark," D-backs president Derrick Hall said.

--RHP Brandon Webb, a top NL Cy Young candidate, finished 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA. "I feel good where I'm at," Webb said about his candidacy. Giants RHP Tim Lincecum was the only other NL pitcher with as many as 18 victories. Webb had 183 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings, his fourth consecutive season with at least 225 innings. He won the NL Cy Young in 2006 and was runner-up in 2007. Webb had a career high in victories and won eight games after D-backs losses, stopping a five-game losing streak in May, a four-game losing streak in August and a six-game losing streak in September.

--The D-backs finished the regular season 15-3 against Colorado, setting a franchise record for most season victories against one opponent. Their previous record was 14 in 2002, also against the Rockies. The D-backs won all six series between the two and were 8-1 at home and 7-2 at Coors Field. The teams will open the 2009 season in Phoenix on April 6, and they have two series at Chase Field in the first 2 1/2 weeks.

--OF/1B Conor Jackson had his first .300 season, finishing at that figure exactly, and he set career highs with 31 doubles, 162 hits and 87 runs.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Starts it took Randy Johnson to reach career victory No. 295, although he had six quality starts in that run.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight." -- LHP Randy Johnson, a free agent, on his plans for 2009.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 29, 2008

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