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07/03/2004 Archived Entry: "Phillies Journal - 2004"

Phillies Journal - 2004
by Max Blue


The crowd gathered early, another 44,390 sellout. A second straight night of post-game fireworks scheduled. Eddie Murray jerseys dotted the stands. The Orioles and a bunch of their fans came up I-95 from Baltimore for an interleague game. It was baseball weather. July in Philadelphia, hot and humid, but no rain in sight. Who knew it would be the longest game in the history of the Baltimore franchise? Six hours and fifteen minutes- 16 innings of pure hell for Phillies’ fans. Baltimore pitchers handed the Phillies 18 walks, a National League record. Jim Thome went 0-8 with five strikeouts and no walks. The Phillies left 44 men on base, they fanned 19 times. Tim Worrell came on in the seventh to protect a 6-5 lead and gave up a homerun to Michael Tejada. Nine innings later Tejada singled to drive in the winning run. Some of us insane-addicts watched all 592 pitches.
Hard to take, Harry.


Are you sure you want to hear this?
Nineteen times Phils’ hitters swing and miss.
In sixteen innings we got eighteen walks,
But after all of the swishes, balks and talks,
The last-place Orioles got the winning kiss.

Jim Thome went oh for eight,
Five times his swings were too late.
Rollins and Abreu walked four times each
But the win exceeded our reach.
These are the games you must hate.

Friday, July 2, 2004. The Bank.
Baltimore – 7, Philadelphia – 6 (16 innings).

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