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 4, Padres 3
Before a Veterans Stadium crowd of 15,826, the Phillies continued a home series against the visiting San Diego Padres but the bats were unable to come alive for most of the game. The Padres took game one of the series by a score of 2-1, with Andy Benes shutting down the Phillies offense in to the ninth inning, allowing just five hits and one run before Rich Rodriguez was called on for the save.
Phillies starter Terry Mulholland had a solid outing, scattering seven hits and two runs over six innings pitched before being replaced on the mound by Mark Davis in the seventh inning. Mulholland and Benes took a scoreless game in to the fifth inning, when Padres catcher Bob Geren smacked a lead off home run to left field to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. San Diego left fielder Phil Plantier would double home first baseman Fred McGriff in the sixth inning to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies put the pressure on late in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to complete the comeback. Jim Eisenreich and Lenny Dykstra went down in order to start the inning but Mickey Morandini doubled to left to keep the game alive, and John Kruk followed with a walk in a seven pitch at-bat. Dave Hollins singled to right to score Morandini to chase Benes from the game with one out to go. Rodriguez entered for the save but fell behind Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. On a 3-1 pitch, Daulton flied out to right field to end the ball game.
The Phillies still held a lead in the NL East, leading the Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals by 1.5 games. There was a day off between games in this series, with one game being postponed due to weather. That set the stage for a memorable day (or two) later in the summer.