Phillies 6, Giants 5
Game 37 - Tuesday Night, May 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 15-22, 5th Place, 9 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies took advantage of shaky Giants defense to score three times in the fifth and twice in the sixth to go on to a 6-5 win.
What It Means: Four of the Phillies' six runs were unearned as Giants third baseman Joel Youngblood booted a ground ball and shortstop Jose Uribe had two errors of his own. Another run scored on a Bob Brenly passed ball.
What I wouldn't give for a sloppy, Tuesday night Phillies game right about now. This is one of those many, many games throughout the season where nothing particularly memorable happened and there wasn't any real excitement generated. The Phillies and Giants were bad teams, already buried in the bottom of their respective divisions and this game slogged on for almost three hours. But that sounds just fine to me, and given the choice between that and no baseball at all, I'd choose that.
What Happened: The Phils got lucky. The offense had six hits and went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Glenn Wilson had a pair of RBIs. The team's regular first baseman (John Russell) and their regular third baseman (Mike Schmidt) exited this game below the Mendoza line at .189 and .195 respectively. Schmidt also had a pair of errors in this game. Changes to the corner infield spots were coming.
Shane Rawley picked up the win, lasting five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Kent Tekulve recorded the final four outs of the game for his second Phillies save.
Featured Card: Wilson had two clutch hits, singling home Juan Samuel for the Phillies first run in the fourth and doubling home Samuel in the fifth for the game-winning RBI.
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