Phillies 10, Padres 1, 1st Game
JOHN F. BONFATTI
Aug. 26, 1997
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ After four consecutive losses, it appeared the Phillies were reverting to their play in the first half of the season.
Monday night's 10-1, 6-4 doubleheader sweep of the slumping San Diego Padres showed that the last-place Phillies haven't given up.
``It was important for us at least to get a win, and it was super to get both,'' said Rico Brogna, who homered and drove in two runs in the second game
In the opener, Midre Cummings got his first four-hit game in the majors. Cummings went 6-for-9 in the doubleheader with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Ron Blazier (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief in the second game. Ricky Bottalico worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save as five Philadelphia pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
San Diego has lost six of eight, and manager Bruce Bochy said his team has reached its nadir.
``This is as bad as we've looked all year,'' he said. ``We played terrible baseball and there's no excuse.''
In the second game, the Phillies scored three runs in the fifth off Andy Ashby (6-10) to take a 5-1 lead. Ashby is 0-4 since winning July 20 at Florida.
``It's frustrating to think I'm not giving us a chance to win,'' Ashby said.
Leading 2-1 in the fifth, Kevin Stocker walked, moved up on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on Kevin Sefcik's RBI grounder. Tony Barron followed with a two-run single to put the Phillies up by four.
Ken Caminiti's three-run homer, his 19th, off Wayne Gomes helped the Padres close to 5-4 in the sixth.
But Brogna, who put Philadelphia ahead 2-1 in the fourth with an RBI double, gave the Phillies an insurance run with a solo homer off Doug Bochtler in the seventh.
``It was a good time for it,'' Brogna said of his 16th homer. ``I've had some troubles off Bochtler before. He's tough to pick up. Fortunately, I just stayed back on that pitch a little longer than I had been.''
Philadelphia tied it 1-all in the third when Billy McMillon, hitting for starter Ryan Karp, hit an RBI sacrifice fly. San Diego had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on Chris Gomez's RBI single.
In his first major-league start and third appearance, Karp allowed one hit and one run with five strikeouts in three innings. The Phillies hadn't planned on using the left-handed reliever more than 60 pitches.
Mike Lieberthal went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and the Phillies scored seven runs in the fifth inning of the first game. Mike Robertson got his first three RBIs as the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak.
Mark Leiter (9-13) lost a shutout bid in the eighth on an RBI double by Mark Sweeney, but tied a season high with nine strikeouts. He gave up 10 hits and walked three.
Leiter, who pitched his second complete game of the season, still has the most losses in the NL, but has won five of his last eight decisions.
Cummings went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Robertson, recalled from Triple-A Scranton Sunday, went 2-for-4. Lieberthal capped a big night with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 19th.
Will Cunnane (6-3) loaded the bases with none out in the fifth, and was relieved by Dario Veras, who gave up a two-run single to Lieberthal and an RBI single to Kevin Jordan. Robertson followed with a two-run double to make it 6-0.
Cummings hit a two-run single to cap the inning and chase Veras.
The Phillies opened the scoring with a run in the fourth on Robertson's first major-league RBI.
Notes: Leiter's other complete game was on Aug. 3 in a 10-1 win over the Cardinals. ... The Phillies tied a season high with six hits in the fifth inning of the first game. ... The Padres activated right-hander Jim Bruske and optioned outfielder Ruben Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas. Bruske came on in relief in the fifth. ... After starting the second half of the season 14-4, the Padres were swept by the Phillies in a two-game series July 28-29. In the 27 games since, San Diego is 10-17. ... The Phillies announced that six prospects will play in the Arizona Fall League. They are second baseman Marlon Anderson, left-handers Greg Whiteman, Anthony Shumaker and Robert Dodd and right-handers Ryan Brannan and Jason Boyd. All will play for Grand Canyon except Dodd, who will pitch for Mesa. ... Mickey Morandini was ejected at the end of the fifth inning of the first game by home plate umpire Eric Gregg. Morandini was angry at a called third strike that didn't appear to catch the strike zone.