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: Giants 11, Phillies 2
After ending a west coast road trip by being pounded by the San Francisco Giants, the NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies took a day off before returning home to Veterans Stadium for a division series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals got to Phillies starter Tommy Greene early but the Phillies would battle back to pick up their 20th win of the season, becoming the first team in Major League Baseball to reach the 20-win mark in the 1993 season.
The first inning was an adventure for Greene on the mound. Cardinals second baseman Luis Alicea led the game off with a single but was quickly picked off at first during Ozzie Smith's at-bat. Smith then grounded out for two fast outs, but the Cardinals would not go down before attacking. Gregg Jefferies got ahead early and drew a walk on five pitches and was nearly picked off by Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. Daulton's quick throw to first got by John Kruk at first, allowing Jefferies to advance to second base. Ray Lankford then walked to keep the inning alive and a Mark Whiten double to right center put the red birds on top with a 2-0 lead.
Phillies lead-off hitter Lenny Dykstra struggled in this game, going 0-for-5 in the leadoff spot of the Phillies line-up, so it would have to be up to someone else to step up and fuel the offense. Mariano Duncan, playing shortstop, would do just that with a first inning solo home run off of Cardinals starter Joe Magrane, cutting the St. Louis lead to 2-1.
Whiten would show off his power once again for St. Louis in the top of the third inning by delivering a 2-1 pitch from Greene to deep right field for a solo home run, pushing the Cardinals back to a two-run lead at 3-1. Green would later help his own cause in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Wes Chamberlain from third to bring the Phillies back to within one run of the Cardinals.
The Phillies would take the lead in the fifth inning. Kruk walked on four pitches with one out to set up Dave Hollins for the game-changing at-bat. Hollins hit his fourth home run of the season down the left field line, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead. This woudl turn out to be the game-winning at-bat for the Phillies, who got Greene in to the eighth inning before handing things off to the bullpen for the final five outs. David West and Larry Andersen teamed up situationally to work the eighth inning and Mitch Williams pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.