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.
WP: Terry Mulholland
LP: Doug Drabek
Terry Mulholland opened the 1993 season with a gem in the Astrodome before 44,560 fans. The Phillies opening day starter pitched a complete game, throwing 104 pitches and allowing just one unearned run in the first inning as the Phillies picked up a 3-1 victory against the Houston Astros.
The Astros took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Historical Phillies killer Craig Biggio led off with a single through the hole between third base and short stop and Jeff Bagwell drew a one-out walk. Biggio advanced to third base on a fly out to deep right center to get in to scoring position. Ken Caminiti then picked up the two-out RBI after reaching first base on an error from Phillies Opening Day shortstop Juan Bell to keep the inning alive.
The Phillies had some quiet bats the first time through the lineup against Astros starer Doug Drabek, but tings clicked in the fourth inning. John Kruk started it off with a one-out walk (his second walk of the game). Kruk advanced to third base on a single by third baseman Dave Hollins and would come around to score when catcher Darren Daulton doubled to center field. Hollins would be a victim of a fielder's choice at home when Milt Thompson chopped one back to the mound, but Daulton would come around to score from third base when Jim Eiseinreich singled to left field with two outs.
Mulholland had retired 19 of the next 20 batters he faced after the first inning, needing one double play in the mix, to keep the Astros from threatening throughout much of the game, but he did get in to a jam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Chris James doubled to center field and reached third base on a throwing error from Bell, but Mulholland was able to retire Steve Finley to get out of the jam.
The Phillies tacked on an insurance run for Mulholland in the top of the ninth inning. Kruk started the inning with a ground rule double by bouncing a ball off the Astroturf in left field. Kruk would score from third base when Pete Incaviglia pinch singled to left field for Milt Thompson. The 3-1 lead gave manager Jim Fregosi a little more confidence in sending Mulholland back out for the ninth inning and the starter needed just seven pitches to seal the 3-1 victory.
The win was the first opening day win for the Phillies since winning in Atlanta by a score of 5-0 to open the 1984 season.