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Pratt and Rollins Homer in Phillies 8-2 Win

Sunday, August 7, 2005

By Boog Williams
SJSports Staff Writer

On Friday night, the Phillies could only score one run in ten inning, but on Saturday they scored 8 in an 8-2 win over the Brewers and moved within 1 ½ games of the National League Wild Card lead. The Phillies are now ½ game out of second behind the Nationals and only 6 games behind the first place Braves.

In front of 35,800 fans, Jon Lieber pitched a very solid game. The first Brewers run was scored when Lieber gave up a second inning double to Geoff Jenkins, who was then driven in on a single by Damian Miller. Lieber only let the Brewers have 2 base runners going into the seventh inning and then gave a solo homerun (hit into the visitors’ bullpen) to Russell Branyan.

The Phillies tied the game in the third inning on Chase Utley sacrifice fly to center.

In the top of the fourth, catcher Todd Pratt was hit with a foul ball in a very sensitive area and need some time to walk it off as he went out to the mound. In the bottom of the fourth Pratt put the Phillies in the lead with his seventh homerun of the year. Two batter later, Jimmy Rollins hit his ninth homerun of the season to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth inning, Ramon Martinez, hit a ground rule double to center to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

In the sixth inning, while the wave was going around the ball park, the Philles scored 3 runs to put the game away. Rollins started it off with a single to right. Jason Michaels doubles down the right field line. With runners on second and third, Bobby Abreu hits a grounder to short, the ball takes a bad hop and Rollins scores. Pat Burrell walks. With bases loaded, Utley hits a blooper behind second while 2 runs score.

Phillies reliever Aaron Fultz came in the eighth inning a shout the door on the Brewers the rest of the game.

Photos by Gregg Williams