Big Enigma does it again
Randy Johnson is turning into a streak-buster.
After Mike Mussina and Shawn Chacon silenced the White Sox on Friday and Saturday, the Big Enigma allowed six runs for the third time in his last four starts. He’s accomplished that dubious feat six times this year.
Johnson had little trouble with the White Sox the first time through the lineup Sunday, allowing only a single through three innings.
But his world came crashing down in the fourth.
With one out in the inning, Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko belted three straight solo taters, giving the Pale Hose a 3-1 lead.
Johnson then gave up singles to Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe, setting up Chris Widger’s three-run blast.
Game over. White Sox 6, Yankees 2. And for the second time in 12 days, Jose Contreras beat the Yankees.
I was absolutely stunned watching the game. My wife, the Yankee-hater, was laughing her butt off. And my brother, the other hater in my life, called from the movie theater when he saw the score on his cellphone. The Unit ruined my Sunday.
Johnson had ever allowed four homers in an inning. It’s only the second time he allowed that many in a game. Johnson is the third Yankee to serve up four long balls in a single frame, joining Scott Sanderson (1992) and Catfish Hunter (1977).
Then, to prove how enigmatic he is, the Unit did not allow a run in any other inning, taking the complete-game loss. He struck out eight without walking a batter, giving up just four hits in his other seven innings.
Johnson has given up an American League-leading 29 homers this year. Johnson gave up a combined 34 in 2003 and 2004. Only Eric Milton (35) has allowed more this season.
If the Yankees intend to make the playoffs instead of becoming the worst team money could buy in history, they need a dominant Randy Johnson. He needs to get his act together quickly.
If not, the Big Enigma will be back in the Arizona desert on Oct. 3, playing golf.