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 2, Dodgers 0
Danny Jackson picked up his first win of the 1993 season as Pete Incaviglia, Todd Pratt and Jim Eisenreich all had extra base hits to help pave the way from the plate. Mitch Williams closed things out for his sixth save of the season in the ninth after Larry Andersen struggled for the first two outs.
The Dodgers struck first when Eric Karros grounded out but brought home Dodgers shortstop Mike Sharperson. The lead would not last too long though as the Phillies struck right back in the bottom of the first inning. Lenny Dykstra opened things up by drawing a walk on the first four pitches from Dodgers starter Kevin Gross, and as he often did, he stole second base early in the count with Mickey Morandini at the plate. Wes Chamberlain and Incaviglia would record back-to-back two-out singles to center field to score Dykstra and John Kruk, who walked earlier in the inning.
Dodgers third baseman Tim Wallach led off the second inning with a solo home run off of Jackson, who then gave up back-to-back singles and needed a ground ball double play to get out of a jam. Morandini would single home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning and the Phillies never trailed the rest of the way.
After a Mike Piazza sacrifice fly cut the Phillies lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning, Incaviglia and back-up catcher Todd Pratt came through with RBIs in the bottom of the inning against Dodgers reliever Roger McDowell. The Phillies took a 6-3 lead in to the seventh inning, when Eisenreich tripled to left field to score Dave Hollins from first base.
Reliever Larry Andersen had taken over on the Phillies mound to start the eighth inning in place of Jackson, but he started to run in to trouble in the ninth inning. With two outs and two men on, manager Jim Fregosi opted to bring in Mitch Williams to seal the game with one out to go. Williams battled with pinch hitting Mitch Webster but after seven pitches Williams got Webster to pop up to shortstop for the final out.
With the win the Phillies reclaimed baseball's best record at 12-4 and maintained a 1.5 game lead on the Montreal Expos. The next day the Phillies would close out the series with a Sunday afternoon game in front of a large crowd for the Phanatic's birthday.