This day in 1993: Incaviglia slam helps Schilling shut down Expos

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies going from worst to first and winning the National League pennant. All season long we will take a look back at each game of the 1993 season.

Expos 3
Phillies 9

WP: Curt Schilling (5-1)
LP: Chris Nabholz (3-4)

Fresh off a .500 road trip with three-game stops in Atlanta and Miami, the Phillies returned home for a three-game set in NL East play against the Montreal Expos. The Phillies and Expos would play a tight season series with some tension-filled moments in September, but on this night in May it would be all Phillies.

With Curt Schilling on the mound for the Phillies there was every reason to be confident in the result at the end of the night. The Phillies offense wasted little time in giving him some runs to work with. With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Pete Incaviglia launched a grand slam in to the left field seats in Veterans Stadium. The slam was Incaviglia's fifth home run of the season and his second in two days. Incaviglia's grand slam had been hit exactly two years before that, on May 20, 1991 as a member of the Detroit Tigers against Baltimore's Bob Milacki. The four runs would turn out to be all Schilling needed for a complete game effort, but there was still work to be done.

The Expos finally got to Schilling in the top of the fourth inning. A Frank Bolick three-run home run to right scored Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker and brought the Expos to within one run of the NL East leading Phillies. That would be as close as the Expos would get on this night however. The Phillies responded in the bottom of the inning with Darren Daulton drawing a bases-loaded walk off of Expos reliever Jeff Fassero, bringing Lenny Dykstra home from third base. Incaviglia again produced some run support with an RBI single to left, scoring Mariano Duncan for a 6-3 lead. Schilling was nearly automatic the rest of the way, allowing just one base runner (Grissom singled to lead off the fifth inning) the rest of the game.

Meanwhile the Phillies added three more runs courtesy of Daulton's lead-off home run in the seventh inning and a couple more runs off the bat of John Kruk and Dave Hollins in the eighth inning.

Schilling picked up his fifth win of the season, tying Tommy Greene for the team lead. This would also be Schilling's fourth complete game of the season. To this point of the year Schilling had reached the seventh inning in all but one outing and he now he owned a 2.79 ERA. The Phillies also expanded their lead in the NL East over the Expos to 6.5 games and continued to build on baseball's best record at 28-11 overall.

What else happened on this day?

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