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Postby Green Monstah » Thu May 13, 2004 9:12 pm

well, here is the game recap from cbssportsline:

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Philadelphia Phillies are on quite a roll considering their closer is hurt, their first baseman is nursing a thumb injury and their manager missed the latest win after being ejected.

Jason Michaels homered for the first time this season and Vicente Padilla pitched six-plus effective innings in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Ryan Madson worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Phillies took two of three from the defending NL West champions to improve to 5-1 on their current 10-game road trip, which concludes with four games at Colorado.

A.J. Pierzynski hit his first homer since joining the Giants in the offseason to lead off the second and also singled. But he flied out to end the game with runners on second and third.

Closer Billy Wagner had warmed up and was ready to pitch in the ninth when he felt a twinge in his left groin, which he wraps every day.

Wagner's status was unknown, but the pitcher said his groin hurts more than it has in years. The Phillies are bringing right-hander Brian Powell to Colorado from Triple-A in case Wagner has goes on the disabled list.

Wagner hasn't pitched since Friday because of back spasms and now the groin. Amaury Telemaco came in to start the ninth and issued a one-out walk before Madson entered.

Marquis Grissom then reached on a two-base error by Pat Burrell and Barry Bonds was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pedro Feliz hit an RBI grounder and Pierzynski flied out for Madson's first career save.

Wagner is encouraged by the way the Phillies have responded despite the injuries.

"That's a good sign," he said. "It's great we have the talent on the team to overcome all this."

Padilla (2-4) has struggled to receive run support this season, but the Phillies staked him to a 3-0 lead in the second. The right-hander helped his own cause with an RBI single in the inning.

In 6 2/3 innings, Padilla allowed nine hits and two runs.

"He didn't lose his composure," said manager Larry Bowa, who couldn't say the same thing about himself.

Bowa was ejected in the top of the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. He was tossed, then hustled out to home plate and began yelling at plate umpire Ted Barrett and crew chief Rick Reed.

It was the 19th ejection of his four-year managerial career with the Phillies and second this season.

Bowa said he was told the umpires were tired of his tantrums dating back to last season, when he was thrown out seven times.

"I've never heard of an umpire bringing up last year -- never!" Bowa said. "I've been playing since 1966 and never had an umpire bring up last year. It's ridiculous and unprofessional. It shouldn't be acceptable at this level. I've never even heard it in Little League. ...

"If you can't even say the ball's down, the ball's low, there's something wrong. No swear words, nothing."

The Giants said the umpires had left the park shortly after the game.

Bonds went 1-for-2 with a single, a strikeout and three walks, two intentional. The six-time NL MVP leads the majors with 54 walks. Bonds said afterward his level of disappointment is "the most in my whole career."

"The thing that's discouraging here is mostly everyone here are veteran players," Bonds said. "You have to win a couple of games and go from there - win two, three games in a row and go from there. Right now it's easier said than done. Everyone's pressing because you don't want to lose, so every at-bat is a little more tense."

Rheal Cormier relieved Padilla to face Bonds in the seventh with runners on first and second. The slugger walked to load the bases for Feliz, and the Phillies sent in former San Francisco reliever Tim Worrell - let go this offseason - to face him. Feliz grounded into force play.

Grissom had three hits with a double for the Giants, whose second run was unearned.

Michaels connected on a 2-1 pitch from Kirk Rueter (1-4) in the fourth, a solo shot over the center-field fence.


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Postby Green Monstah » Thu May 13, 2004 9:12 pm

damn, you beat me to it EK711 :-b
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Postby trippinonreality » Thu May 13, 2004 9:26 pm

I live like about 15 min from philly so what I was referring to is what went on post game. The announcers were talking about wagners status and seemed pretty high on Madson and seemed to think it may be a situational kind of thing. The were saying that Madson had the kind of demeanor necessary to be a closer and junk like that.
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Postby EK711 » Thu May 13, 2004 9:31 pm

rotoworld.com wrote:Billy Wagner didn't enter today's game due to a sore left groin.
Wagner has battled groin problems for years, but it's been a long time since they've kept him out of game. Overcompensating for his back injury might have contributed to today's problem. It's possible that the Phillies will place Wagner on the DL in an effort to take care of both issues. If it happens, Tim Worrell will close and Brian Powell will be called up to pitch in middle relief.


Looks like we have a rotoworld vote for Worrell as the candidate to take over the duties if there's some DL involved in this... :-?


Where are you on that one Monstah?? :-b ;-)
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