07/21/2002 4:41 pm ET
Phils lose another close one
Wolf pitches well, but gets little support in 2-1 loss
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- On the final day the teams would wear their retro uniforms, the
Braves swept the Phillies into the present, 2-1 Sunday, behind a red-hot Kevin Millwood.
In the Braves' three-game sweep, they outscoredthe Phillies by a total of five runs.
Atlanta Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1|
|2B: Jones, C (22, Wolf).|
HR: Sheffield (18, 1st inning off Wolf, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Sheffield (57), Lopez, J (34).
2-out RBI: Sheffield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Millwood 2.
Team LOB: 4.
|E: Helms (3, fielding).|
DP: 2 (Furcal, Millwood-Furcal-Helms).
|a-Struck out for Wolf in the 8th.|
|1-Ran for Lieberthal in the 8th.|
|2B: Burrell (22, Millwood).|
3B: Rolen (4, Millwood).
RBI: Rolen (62).
2-out RBI: Rolen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee, Ledee, Rolen.
Team LOB: 4.
|SB: Glanville (8, 2nd base off Millwood/Blanco).|
|Millwood (W, 9-5)
|Ligtenberg (H, 3)
|Spooneybarger (S, 1)
|Wolf (L, 5-7)
|IBB: Castilla (by Wolf).|
Pitches-strikes: Millwood 108-66, Ligtenberg 7-6, Spooneybarger 5-2, Wolf 107-75, Coggin 12-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Millwood 9-9, Ligtenberg 0-0, Spooneybarger 2-0, Wolf 7-7, Coggin 2-0.
Batters faced: Millwood 28, Ligtenberg 2, Spooneybarger 2, Wolf 30, Coggin 3.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
Millwood (9-5) won his seventh straight decision and hasn't lost since May 18, a
span of 12 starts. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of those starts. He was
coming off seven innings of allowing no runs on two-hits, with 11 strikeouts in a win over
Sunday was more of the same, as he surrendered a run on four hits and two walks with
six strikeouts in eight innings. With closer John Smoltz having pitched three straight days
and four of the past five, the Braves went to a committee in the ninth inning.
First baseman Wes Helms made things interesting when a liner from Jimmy Rollins
bounced off his glove for a two-base error. Kerry Ligtenberg recovered to strike out Bobby
Abreu. Rookie Tim Spooneybarger then relieved and got Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen on
grounders for his first Major League save. He become the second Braves reliever other than
Smoltz to record a save.
The Braves have won 23 of their last 29 games, and in their last 21 series, are 17-0-4.
While Millwood has benefitted from the Braves' 45-14 record since May 15 -- more
wins than the Phillies have this season -- Randy Wolf again fell victim to a lack of run
support. Randy Wolf (5-7) continued his run of good pitching by throwing eight innings for
the second time. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, and struck out a
season-high 10 -- the sixth time he's struck out 10 or more.
He struck out nine in his other eight-inning performance against Marlins, a game he
also lost 2-1. Wolf has the sixth worst run support in the National League at 3.7 runs per
Millwood lost his no-hit bid when Marlon Anderson singled leading off the sixth. The
last Brave to throw a no-hitter was Kent Mercker on April 8, 1994 against the Dodgers.
Gary Sheffield hit his 18th homer in the first inning for the Braves' first run. It
was the only hit by either team through five innings.
The Braves made it 2-0 in the seventh. Sheffield started with an infield single and
moved to third on a double by Chipper Jones. After Andruw Jones popped out to shortstop,
Vinny Castilla was intentionally walked. Javy Lopez followed with a run-scoring single to
The Phillies got a break with two outs in the seventh when second baseman Mark
DeRosa and Sheffield allowed Pat Burrell's shallow fly to right to fall in for a double.
Scott Rolen followed with an RBI triple that got under a diving Sheffield's glove in right
Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not
subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.