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Perfect pick for Player of Week05/24/2004 10:59 PM ET
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Others were nominated, but Randy Johnson was the perfect choice to win the National League Player of the Week for May 17-23.
The Diamondbacks ace tossed the 17th perfect game in Major League history, and the 15th of the modern era, on Tuesday night against the Braves. He retired all 27 batters he faced, 13 by strikeout.
It was the second no-hitter of Johnson's career. The first came in 1990, when he was with the Mariners. The 14-year time period between his no-hitters is the longest between two no-hitters in baseball history.
At 40 years of age, Johnson became the oldest pitcher ever to throw a perfect game, besting Cy Young, who was 37 when he accomplished the feat in 1904.
Johnson also picked up the win Sunday against the Marlins. He held Florida to just two runs over seven innings. The Big Unit was perfect through the first two innings of Sunday's game to improve his consecutive batters retired streak to 39, two shy of the Major League record.
"There was no pressure out there," Johnson said of his outing Sunday. "I was just going out there and keeping us in the ballgame. I didn't care whether I threw a perfect game in Atlanta and I'm not trying to throw another perfect game out there [Sunday]. My main objective is to keep us in the ballgame and win a ballgame. It was going to end eventually, but I guess it was fun while it lasted."
For the week, Johnson was 2-0 and allowed just two runs and four hits over 16 innings. He walked just one and struck out 18.
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