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Phillies Journal - 2004
by Max Blue
SAN DIEGO SWEEP
It’s been 17 years since the Phillies swept a series in San Diego but last night they did it. They did it in spite of the fact that Kevin Millwood pitched only two painful innings before he sat down with a sore elbow. They did it in spite of the fact that Pat Burrell went on the DL with a sore wrist. The other bad news is that in the eighth and again in the tenth with the score tied and a runner at third with only one out, Jim (mighty Casey) Thome struck out. In the tenth David Bell picked him and won the game with a two-run single to right. The story is the Phillies’ bullpen. After Millwood went down, Brian Powell pitched three innings giving up one run, then Telemaco(6th), Hernandez (7th), Jones (8th), F-Rod (9th - winning pitcher), and Worrell (10th –save) blanked the Padres. Placido Polanco homered in the sixth to tie the game then slugged a double in the tenth off Trevor Hoffman. Polanco’s hit would have scored Rollins from first except the ball bounced over the far-away fence for a ground rule double. The Padres then walked Abreu intentionally for the second time to get to Thome. Shed a tear for the big guy. Give a gold star to David Bell. And to Ed Wade who put this bullpen together. Oh, and give one to Marlon Byrd, Ed Wade’s new centerfielder, who made two great catches to save trouble. Lights out at 1:20 A.M.
The guys have passed the first test,
Now they play LA, best in the west.
If somehow we win
After where we have been
Who could deny that we’re blessed?
Thursday, August 5, 2004. PETCO Field, San Diego.
Philadelphia – 5, San Diego – 3.