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09/11/2002 10:04 pm ET
Phillies roll past Marlins
Lee goes 2-for-4 with double, homer and four RBIs
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- A year after he was scheduled to pitch the opening game of the Eastern League playoffs for Double-A Reading, Brett Myers threw an emotional six innings for the Phillies Wednesday in a 9-2 win over the Marlins.
"It meant a lot to go out and pitch on day like today," said Myers, whose Reading team was declared co-champions with New Britain. "I'm glad nothing else happened."
A day after manager Larry Bowa blasted his team for leaving 17 men on base in a doubleheader loss to the Florida Marlins, the Phillies left just three on base and snapped a six-game losing streak.
Aided by three-run homers from Placido Polanco and Travis Lee, the Phillies pounded Brad Penny (6-6) for six runs in four innings, then tacked three more on rookie Nathan Robertson.
More important than the game was the remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which featured many somber pregame readings and an unfurling of an American flag the size of the outfield.
At exactly 9:11 p.m. ET, the game was stopped for a moment of silence, a video remembrance and a rendition of "God Bless America" by John Flynn. Immediately after, the crowd of 12,274 broke into a chant of "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A."
Polanco's clout capped a four-run first inning that started with singles from Jimmy Rollins and Doug Glanville. After Bobby Abreu struck out, Pat Burrell singled in Rollins with the first run.
"I wasn't really thinking about (the date)," said Polanco, who is still a bit ill from the flu. "I feel good that we won the game after losing six in a row."
Before the game was a different story, as the third baseman reflected on the events of a year ago.
"Sadness," he said. "Everybody lost something in that tragedy."
Lee's hot hitting -- .316 in his past 35 games -- helped him stamp out his .213 average against Florida this season. In addition to his homer Wednesday, Lee doubled to give him four RBIs. He had three hits including a homer in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday and is 5-for-10 in the three games.
Philadelphia's outburst made a winner out of Myers (4-4), who allowed one run on six hits in six innings. Rheal Cormier went two innings and Eric Junge made his Major League debut by pitching the ninth.
Marlon Anderson also broke out of a 0-for-22 skid with a fourth-inning triple. He scored when Luis Castillo bobbled a Johnny Estrada grounder for an error. Glanville also had two hits for the Phillies.
The teams finish their four-game series Thursday with Philly's Joe Roa (3-3, 3.81) going gainst Michael Tejera (8-7, 4.56).
Extras: Johnny Estrada caught Myers, reuniting the pair. Estrada caught every one of Myers' starts at Triple-A Scranton. ... Pat Burrell doubled in his 110th run with a first-inning single, tying the Phillies' 2001 high, set by Bobby Abreu. ... Nick Punto played second base for the first time in his Major League career.
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.
Philadelphia Phillies 9, Florida Marlins 2|
|a-Struck out for Penny in the 5th. b-Lined out for Robertson in the 6th.|
|1-Ran for Lowell in the 8th.|
|2B: Lee (32, Myers), Castro (3, Junge).|
RBI: Encarnacion (74), Owens (34).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Penny, Redmond, Lowell, Raines.
GIDP: Millar, Lee, Ozuna.
Team LOB: 8.
|E: Ozuna (1, fielding).|
|a-Struck out for Myers in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Anderson in the 8th.|
|2B: Lee (24, Penny), Polanco (29, Mairena).|
3B: Anderson (6, Penny).
HR: Polanco (8, 1st inning off Penny, 2 on, 2 out), Lee (12, 5th inning off Robertson, 2 on, 1 out).
RBI: Burrell (110), Polanco 3 (45), Lee 4 (63), Estrada (1).
2-out RBI: Polanco 3, Lee.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Polanco, Estrada.
Team LOB: 2.
|SB: Abreu (26, 2nd base off Penny/Redmond).|
|PB: Estrada (1).|
DP: 3 (Rollins-Anderson-Lee 2, Polanco-Punto-Lee).
|Myers (W, 4-4)
||Pitches-strikes: Penny 77-44, Robertson 25-15, Beckett 23-16, Mairena 15-9, Myers 106-61, Cormier 26-16, Junge 22-15.|
Ground outs-fly outs: Penny 5-4, Robertson 2-0, Beckett 2-2, Mairena 2-0, Myers 5-9, Cormier 4-1, Junge 2-0.
Batters faced: Penny 19, Robertson 6, Beckett 6, Mairena 4, Myers 27, Cormier 6, Junge 4.
Umpires: HP: Andy Fletcher. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Marty Foster. 3B: Joe Brinkman.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 25 mph, In from LF.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner