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 3, Cubs 0
The Phillies continued with their hot start to the 1993 season by taking an early lead, blowing it and getting it back in the series opener against the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Mitch Williams picked up his fourth save and reliever Jose DeLeon picked up his second win of the season on a day that saw Lenny Dykstra do everything he could to give the Phillies their major league leading sixth win of the season.
Danny Jackson made his second start of the season for the Phillies and his first in Veterans Stadium with just a handful over 20,000 fans paying for a ticket to the early season NL East match-up. things started very well for Jackson on the mound, who retired the first seven batters he faced. He was also handed a 4-0 lead before running in to some trouble in the fourth inning. Dykstra manufactured a run to lead things off, first by working the count to 3-2 and drawing a walk against Reds starter John Smiley and then stealing second base on Smiley's first pitch to Phillies second baseman Mariano Duncan. Dykstra reached third base on the same at-bat off a wild pitch by Smiley and he came home on an infield grounder from John Kruk. Back-to-back RBI singles by Wes Chamberlain and Kim Batiste in the second inning gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the second inning and another by Wes Chamberlain in the third inning pushed the lead to 4-0.
The Reds dug out of the 4-0 hole though. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Reggie Sanders and Joe Oliver cut the lead in half in the fourth inning. The reds chased Jackson from the game in the sixth inning after Sanders came through with another RBI single and Oliver walked on five pitches to load the bases. Phillies manager Jim Fregosi then called on the bullpen, bringing in Jose DeLeon to take over on the mound for Jackson. DeLeon gave up a sacrifice fly to Cecil Espy to tie the game at 4-4.
The tie would extend in to the seventh inning with the bullpens from each team settling things down on the mound. But Dykstra would not be denied. Once again working the count, as he often did, Dykstra and Reds reliever Steve Foster battled to a full count with one out. Dykstra then delivered his second home run of the season in to the Veterans Stadium seats in right field, giving the Phillies a 5-4 lead for the back end of the bullpen to protect for two more innings.
Larry Andersen walked two batters in the top of the eighth inning but struck out two batters and had one pinch runner thrown out by Darren Daulton while trying to steal second base. After the Phillies went down in order in the bottom of the eighth inning the game was put in the hands of closer Mitch Williams. Williams struck out pinch hitting Juan Samuel to start the inning and he closed it out with a pair of flyball outs for the 5-4 win.
The Phillies improved on baseball's best record in the early going by improving to 6-1.