Venue: SkyDome- Toronto, Canada.
Event: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 of 1993 World Series.
1. Lenny Dykstra- CF
2. Mariano Duncan- 2B
3. John Kruk- 1B
4. Dave Hollins- 3B
5. Darren Daulton- C
6. Jim Eisenreich- RF
7. Ricky Jordan- DH
8. Milt Thompson- LF
9. Kevin Stocker- SS
Pitchers- Curt Schilling (starter), David West, Larry Andersen, and Roger Mason.
This 1993 Phils squad was known as Macho Row, but they weren't tough enough to take down the Blue Birds to start the '93 World Series. Schilling got shelled for 7 runs (6 earned) in 6.1 innings, while Al Leiter threw 2.2 shutdown innings for Toronto to pick up the win. Kruker and Duncan had 3 hits apiece for the Phightins, but that wasn't enough to stop the high-powered offense of the Jays led by Rickey Henderson, Joe Carter, John Olerud, Paul Molitor, and Roberto Alomar. Final score 8-5, bad guys win.
Starting leftfielder Milt Thompson is now the Phillies hitting coach, Mariano Duncan coaches for the Dodgers, Dave Hollins was just recently signed as a scout by the Phils, John Kruk has a sweet Baseball Tonight gig on ESPN, Darren Daulton thinks the world is going to end in 2012, and Lenny Dykstra is a broke-ass scumbag.
There's plenty to bitch about last night, but the bottom line is they won game 1 of the NLCS and put themselves in a good position for the rest of the series. Sure Cole Hamels continued to look like crap, as hitters either sat on his fastball or change-up, because his curveball has less bite than a dead pitbull. And yes, Ryan Madson still has the deer-in-headlights demeanor on the mound that causes fans to go into cardiac arrest. But they won, and really that's all that matters. There were positives too: Chooch, Raul, Howard, Chan Ho Park, and Lidge. One more negative- the game took 4 hours to play, that's ridiculous!
Pedro Martinez (5-1) pitches for the first time in about half a month (last pitched September 30). He'll be opposed by the switch-hitting Nicaraguan Vicente Padilla (12-6). Since Pedro is a righty, that means Padilla will be swinging lefty, and I do believe that's his contact side. Game time 4:07 in sunny Los Angeles, with temperatures around 90...meanwhile it's low 40's and raining here.