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 9, Reds 2
Fresh off a home sweep of the Cincinnati Reds and a 5-1 home stand at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies took to the road to visit the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. For the second time in a week the Phillies and Cubs squared off in NL East action and after a series full of offense a week before, there was some anticipation for some classic offensive showings between these two once again. There would be plenty of fireworks to come in this series but the series opener was anything but, with Terry Mulholland taking his first loss of the year in a 3-1 defeat.
The runs did come in a hurry though, setting the tone for what seemed like another offensive outburst. Chicago attacked Mulholland early with Willie Wilson leading off the bottom of the first inning with a single on a 1-1 count and Rey Sanchez following by reaching base on a fielder's choice. Wilson safely reached second base on the play and Mulholland was some early trouble. Mark Grace quickly made him pay when he lined a double down the right field line out of the reach of Phillies first baseman John Kruk. Wilson and Sanchez each scored on the play and Grace would come around to score four pitches later when Cubs left fielder Derrick May singled to left. The Cubs had taken a 3-0 lead without recording an out but Mulholland managed to calm down and retire the next three batters, including Sammy Sosa, to get out of the rough first inning.
Mulholland would go on to pitch through the sixth inning and was taken out in favor of a pinch hitter (Mariano Duncan) in the seventh inning with the Phillies still trailing 3-0. The Phillies would only manage one run in he series opener though, with Dave Hollins singling home Lenny Dykstra in the top of the eighth inning. Backup catcher Todd Pratt would lead off the top of the ninth inning with a pinch hit double to right field off a full count but he would never be able to advance even 90 more feet. Pete Incaviglia struck out, Dykstra flied to left and Mickey Morandini struck out against Cubs reliever Randy Meyers to end the ball game.
The Phillies dropped their first road game of the season and had their early NL East lead trimmed to an even one game over St. Louis and Pittsburgh.