SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Randy Johnson was battling the Giants,
trade rumors, his own poor pitching and even his teammates.
No wonder he couldn't overcome them all -- and no wonder the
Arizona ace was in a bad mood.
Pitching back home in the Bay Area was no fun for Johnson
(10-7), who had an infuriating night by several standards. He
allowed six hits and three walks in five innings, adding six
strikeouts to his major league-leading total of 145, but never
The five-time Cy Young Award winner was ordered to walk Barry
Bonds with runners on first and second in the fifth -- and Alfonzo
made Arizona pay with a drive that resulted in three runs on errors
by Gonzalez and Steve Finley.
Johnson's frustration boiled over into a dugout confrontation
with Gonzalez, though it was broken up by teammates. The Big Unit
didn't return to the game -- and afterward was asked about the
persistent speculation linking him with the New York Yankees, who
have inquired about his availability.
"I'm not going to comment on any of that stuff," Johnson said.
"Eventually, I will just stop talking to the press. I haven't been
approached by the Diamondbacks yet. They don't have a trade in
place yet. I haven't been asked to waive my no-trade clause. Don't
ask again, and that's the nicest way I will ask."
Jerome Williams (8-6) outpitched Johnson with six innings of
three-hit ball. Williams also drew a walk to start San Francisco's
But all eyes were on Bonds' matchup with The Big Unit. Bonds
came away with an RBI single, a line-drive out -- and his 68th
intentional walk, which tied his own single-season major league
After Johnson walked Bonds, Gonzalez then got his glove on
Alfonzo's drive but couldn't hang on, allowing two runs to score.
Finley picked up the ball and made a bad throw to the infield,
permitting Bonds to score for a 6-3 lead.
"I walked the pitcher, and that didn't help," Johnson said.
"That inning should have been over before anything transpired."
When the Diamondbacks got back to their dugout after the inning
ended, several players could be seen scurrying quickly toward some
activity in the tunnel leading to the visiting locker room. That's
where Johnson apparently confronted Gonzalez, though most teammates
were tightlipped about it.
"It's not a concern," interim manager Al Pedrique said.
"Young players have to realize everybody is competitive, everybody
wants to win. Sometimes it's good for that to happen. It depends on
how you handle it."
Gonzalez said there were no lingering problems.
"Everything is over. It's fine," he said.
With nearly half the season still to play, Bonds tied his 2002
record with his 68th intentional walk. The Diamondbacks have walked
Bonds plenty of times during their seven years of divisional play --
and in an infamous episode several years ago, they gave Bonds an
intentional pass with no runners on base in a tie game.
Also, former Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter once walked
Bonds with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a close game.
"Now, it looks like everybody is walking him," San Francisco
manager Felipe Alou said. "They don't want to miss walking him. I
like to see him swinging the bat, but the next best thing is
walking him. We'll take the walks."
Bonds drew another walk and scored on a grounder in the seventh.
Neifi Perez had three hits as San Francisco won for just the second
time in seven games, moving within a half-game of Los Angeles atop
the jumbled NL West.
Shea Hillenbrand extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13
games with a first-inning single, but Williams hit him with pitches
in his next two at-bats. Hillenbrand left the game after getting
plunked in the fifth.
Pedrique said Hillenbrand felt tightness in his right
Bonds said his participation in the All-Star Home Run Derby
isn't tied to compensation from baseball, contrary to a report.
Bonds didn't agree to join the contest until Thursday, but was just
waiting to learn the rest of the field, he said. ... After going
4-for-4 in the Giants' series-opening loss Thursday night, C A.J.
Pierzynski got the night off. ... Arizona SS Alex Cintron, who hit
two homers Thursday night, had an RBI single but also stranded six