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.
Last Game: Phillies 7, Dodgers 6
The Phillies offense was without much life in Los Angeles for game two of a three game road series, and the Dodgers used a three-run outburst to bury the Phillies in the eighth inning for a 5-1 victory.
Phillies starter coughed up a run in the bottom of the first inning, when a wild pitch helped move Dodgers center fielder Brett Butler in to scoring position after a lead-off single to center. After being bunted over to third, Butler came home for the 1-0 Dodgers lead on a sac fly off the bat of Mitch Webster. Rookie Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies struck with their lone run in the top of the seventh inning when Jim Eisenreich doubled to right field to bring home Pete Incaviglia from first base. The Phillies would get no closer on this night though. The Dodgers attacked the Phillies bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Mark Davis entered the game to start the inning on the mound but quickly loaded the bases. Piazza led things off with a single to center, then Davis plunked Cory Snyder and served up a single to Lenny Harris. Davis then battled with Jose Offerman to a full count, but lost the battle by walking in a run. Two batters later Davis gave up a single to Butler, which officially ended the night for Davis with the Dodgers still keeping the pressure on with a 4-1 lead. Bob Ayrault would come in to try and get out of the inning, but he allowed one more RBI single before he did, with the Dodgers holding a 5-1 lead going to the final inning.
There would be no rally in this game, with the Phillies going down in order and Incaviglia grounding in to a game-ending double play.
What else was going on?
The Atlanta Braves would eventually go on to end the year with the best record in baseball, but on May 1 the Braves were floating under .500 and in the middle of the NL West standings. At 12-14 the Braves sat in fourth place in the division while the Houston Astros led the way at 15-8. The same Astros the Phillies had swept to start the season on the road.