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08/02/2004 Archived Entry: "Phillies Journal - 2004"
Phillies Journal - 2004
by max Blue
They could have sold 50,000 tickets, maybe more. Cub fans were giddy to see the great Maddux go for his 300th career win on the same day that the great Nomar Garciapara made his debut as Cub shortstop after a trade from the Red Sox. It started badly for the Cubs. Rollins led off with a homerun and Abreu followed with his fourth of the series. In his first Cub at bat, Nomar wrapped into a double play. Randy Wolf retired the side in the first on just three pitches. Into the seventh with a 3-2 lead Wolf had thrown less than 60 pitches but he was done in by a bloop hit from Grudzielanek and a poor performance from relievers Cormier and Jones. Maddux did not get the win. Garciaparra singled in one of the four seventh inning Cub runs. The Phillies’ eighth was a microcosm of the season; they loaded the bases with none out but failed to score when Lieberthal and Utley fanned and Michaels popped out. The Braves won again leaving the Phillies six games back in the loss column and facing six games in southern California with the two top teams in the West. It will take a miracle.
Another late inning loss.
It’s enough to make Santa Claus cross.
Wolf pitched well enough to win,
Rollins and Abreu pitched homeruns in,
In the end the Cubs were the boss.
Sunday, August 1, 2004. Wrigley Field, Chicago.
Chicago – 6, Philadelphia – 3.