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 5, Padres 3
Lenny Dykstra's lead-off home run to start the game jumped the Phillies off to a good start and a four-run third inning was enough to hold off a late-inning rally by the Padres as Danny Jackson picked up his second win with the Phillies in game two of a west coast road trip. The Phillies won their second straight game against San Diego by the score of 5-3 to start the road trip off on a good note.
The Phillies were able to put together some two-out threats in the third inning and the bats capitalized on them. Ricky Jordan, playing first base to give John Kruk a day off, was on first base with two outs following a Dave Hollins strikeout. He would soon be on third base after Darren Daulton walked and Wes Chamberlain reached first on a fielding error by Padres shortstop Craig Shipley. The Phillies would make the Padres pay for allowing an extra out in the inning. Milt Thompson grounded a single up the middle to score Jordan and Daulton for a 3-0 lead, and Chamberlain and Thompson would come around to score on the next pitch when shortstop Juan Bell, hitting eighth in the lineup, doubled to right-center field.
Jackson was in firm control with a 5-0 lead but started to crack in the seventh inning. The Padres got one on the scoreboard on an RBI single by Phil Clark. Jackson kept it at 5-1 through seven but would need to be relived in the eighth inning. A Tony Gwynn single was followed by a fielding error by Hollins, who sailed a throw to first out of the reach of Jordan, putting Gwynn and Gary Sheffield in scoring position for Fred McGriff, who walked after a seven-pitch at-bat went full. Larry Andersen was brought in to try and wiggle out of the mess but an RBI single by Guillermo Valesquez on the second pitch from the reliever brought home two runs to cut the Phillies lead to 5-3. Andersen was quickly pulled by manager Jim Fregosi in favor of David West, who managed to get out of the inning without any more damage.
Mitch Williams would enter the game in the bottom of the ninth, looking to preserve the 5-3 lead and pick up the save. He did just that by retiring the side on just seven pitches, forcing Gwynn to fly out to left for the final out.