07/28/2002 7:36 pm ET
Phils pull through against Braves
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- While their longtime voice, Harry Kalas, was being inducted into the Baseball
Hall of Fame, the Phillies were in Atlanta making some noise of their own.
The loudest shout came with two outs in the seventh inning. Jimmy Rollins beat out an 85-foot bunt with the bases loaded to score two runs. First baseman Matt Franco fielded the ball and
flipped to Tom Glavine, but the speedy Rollins won the photo finish down the line. Marlon Anderson scored easily from third.
With Glavine's back turned, Jason Michaels took advantage and scampered home for the second run of the inning.
"Against a pitcher like Glavine, who's gonna hit that spot an inch and a
half off the plate, you have to change your swing," said Rollins, who also
sacrificed Doug Glanville to third in the first inning. "With Franco playing back,
I was thinking I haven't been hitting him good this year and haven't taken many
good swings. It just happened to be in a perfect spot."
Rollins also said it helped that Franco isn't an every day first
baseman: "I put him in a situation where he has to make a move and it worked."
Bobby Abreu then sliced a full-count single past Vinny Castilla for the
Phillies' third run of the seventh and ended the day for Glavine.
Rollins hit a two-run double in the ninth as the Phillies won 7-1, handing
Glavine his first loss to Philadelphia since June 16, 2000.
"Everybody bunted on their own today," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "It was good to see. I'm
very happy and proud of the way we played."
The beneficiary of the Phillies' offense was ace Vicente Padilla (11-6), who
won his first game since June 24. He had been 0-2 with three no-decisions. During that
stretch, he has been dealing with concerns ranging from stiffness caused by
pitching year-round to tipping his pitches.
"He's just stiff," said Bowa, referring to Padilla's back and shoulder. He took out
his starter after six innings and 97 pitches.
Padilla didn't talk after the game, but his catcher Mike Lieberthal said
Padilla recovered from early wildness and threw consistently well. He also said that he didn't think
Padilla was necessarily tipping his pitches in Chicago on Tuesday.
"He was all over the place early in the game but we couldn't take
advantage," said Gary Sheffield, who went 0-for-4 to snap his streak of reaching
base at 52 games. "He settled down and find his groove in the later innings, got
got ahead in the counts. (Then) you had to hope he made a mistake but he didn't."
Padilla got a helpful bounce in the sixth with the score 2-1, as Javy Lopez
smacked a ground-rule double with two outs. Andruw Jones, who had reached first on
a fielder's choice, would have scored easily but had to return to third. Padilla
then fanned Keith Lockhart to end the threat.
The Braves squandered a bases-loaded chance with two outs in the first
when Castilla grounded into a fielder's choice to Anderson. Padilla
loaded the bases when a high fastball grazed the nose of Andruw Jones.
The win hoisted the Phillies to within six games of .500. After starting
the season 5-22 on the road, the Phillies have gone 18-7 and have won nine straight
road series. With the latest series win, they handed the Braves their first series
loss since May 7-9, when they lost two of three to the Dodgers -- a span of 22
"They're playing unbelievable baseball, getting great pitching," said Bowa.
"For us to do that here ..."
Also part of the victory was Glanville, who had three hits including his
first home run since May 11 against Arizona's Randy Johnson. His first homer came the day before that and was of the inside-the-park
variety -- the result of a seventh-inning slicer off Rick Helling and an
ill-advised charge by right-fielder Jose Guillen.
Since the shot off Johnson, Glanville went 98 games without a homer.
The center fielder had been 8-for-46 against Glavine with no extra-base hits. He
batted .300 in the Cubs series and has nine hits in his last 29 at-bats
(.310). He's started six of the past seven games -- and had been on spot duty most
"I kind of give myself a little credit," said Glanville. "Glavine's
Glavine. He changes speeds and is a master out there. I got a couple pitches that I
was able to get extended on. I haven't had a lot of success against him. To win a
series here, especially with how they're playing, is a great confidence boost."
Scott Rolen homered for the Phillies first run, a 406-foot poke in what
could be his final road game as a Phillie. He returns to Philadelphia Tuesday a day
before Wednesday's trading deadline and may be traded before the team's next road
trip to San Diego Aug. 6.
"It's out of my hands, as it always has been," Rolen said.
Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story
was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.