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Randy Johnson’s best games by FIGS

Randy Johnson, who has announced his retirement from baseball, pitched some of the most dominating games that the sport has seen in the last two decades, and perhaps of all-time. Here are his greatest hits by Fielding-Independent Game Score (FIGS):

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP BF BB SO HR FIGS
1 5/8/2001 ARI CIN W 4-3 9 29 0 20 0 98
2 4/21/2002 ARI COL W 7-1 9 31 1 17 0 87
3 5/18/2004 ARI ATL W 2-0 9 27 0 13 0 86
4 8/28/1998 HOU PIT W 2-0 9 34 0 16 0 85
5 9/14/2002 ARI MIL W 5-0 9 32 2 17 0 83
5 5/28/1997 SEA TEX W 5-0 8 28 1 15 0 83
5 9/16/1992 SEA CAL L 1-2 9 31 1 15 0 83
8 7/15/1995 SEA TOR W 3-0 9 31 2 16 0 82
8 8/11/1994 SEA OAK W 8-1 9 32 1 15 0 82
8 7/25/2004 ARI COL L 2-3 8 30 0 14 0 82
8 4/9/2000 ARI PIT W 1-0 9 31 0 13 0 82
12 8/8/1997 SEA CHW W 5-0 9 35 3 19 0 81
13 8/15/2004 ARI NYM W 2-0 8 1/3 30 1 14 0 80
13 9/14/2003 ARI COL W 5-0 9 28 1 12 0 80
13 7/26/2005 NYY MIN W 4-0 8 26 0 11 0 80
13 8/11/1995 SEA KCR W 2-1 7 23 0 11 0 80
17 7/24/2001 ARI SDP W 11-0 7 1/3 25 2 14 0 79
17 9/7/1998 HOU CIN W 1-0 9 33 1 14 0 79
17 7/7/1995 SEA CLE W 5-3 9 34 0 13 0 79
20 8/25/2002 ARI CHC W 7-0 9 35 2 16 0 78
20 6/8/1997 SEA DET W 2-0 8 27 3 15 0 78
20 6/5/1995 SEA BAL W 2-0 9 30 1 12 0 78
20 5/15/2007 ARI COL W 3-0 6 18 0 9 0 78

His 5/8/2001 masterpiece is tied for the best since 1954, and perhaps best ever:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp IP BF BB SO HR FIGS
1 Randy Johnson 5/8/2001 ARI CIN 9 29 0 20 0 98
1 Kerry Wood 5/6/1998 CHC HOU 9 29 0 20 0 98
3 Roger Clemens 9/18/1996 BOS DET 9 32 0 20 0 95
4 Roger Clemens 8/25/1998 TOR KCR 9 30 0 18 0 93
5 Luis Tiant 7/3/1968 CLE MIN 10 36 0 19 0 92
5 Johan Santana 8/19/2007 MIN TEX 8 26 0 17 0 92
7 David Cone 10/6/1991 NYM PHI 9 31 1 19 0 91
8 Erik Bedard 7/7/2007 BAL TEX 9 27 0 15 0 90
9 Ramon Martinez 6/4/1990 LAD ATL 9 31 1 18 0 89
10 Sam McDowell 5/1/1968 CLE OAK 9 31 0 16 0 88
10 Pedro Martinez 5/12/2000 BOS BAL 9 29 0 15 0 88
10 Sandy Koufax 9/9/1965 LAD CHC 9 27 0 14 0 88
13 Randy Johnson 4/21/2002 ARI COL 9 31 1 17 0 87
13 Vida Blue 7/9/1971 OAK CAL 11 40 0 17 0 87
13 Dwight Gooden 9/12/1984 NYM PIT 9 32 0 16 0 87
13 Nolan Ryan 7/9/1972 CAL BOS 9 29 1 16 0 87
13 Hideo Nomo 5/25/2001 BOS TOR 9 28 0 14 0 87
13 Bobby Witt 6/23/1994 OAK KCR 9 28 0 14 0 87
19 Curt Schilling 4/7/2002 ARI MIL 9 29 2 17 0 86
19 Frank Tanana 6/21/1975 CAL TEX 9 35 0 17 0 86
19 Art Mahaffey 4/23/1961 PHI CHC 9 32 1 17 0 86
19 Roger Clemens 7/12/1997 TOR BOS 8 30 0 16 0 86
19 Dwight Gooden 9/17/1984 NYM PHI 8 30 0 16 0 86
19 Nolan Ryan 8/17/1990 TEX CHW 10 34 0 15 0 86
19 Randy Johnson 5/18/2004 ARI ATL 9 27 0 13 0 86

And unlike one-hit wonders like Ramon Martinez and Frank Tanana, Johnson has three of the top 25 games since 1954 (all as a Diamondback).

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