Philadelphia 9, Colorado 1

April 24, 2003 at 6:18 PM
share with facebook
share with twitter

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 (UPI) -- Chase Utley hit a grand slam in his third career at bat Thursday to help the Philadelphia Phillies finish off a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, 9-1.

Randy Wolf (3-1) yielded one run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who had lost four of five before the three-game series. The Phillies also swept the Rockies at Veterans Stadium last May and have beaten them seven straight meetings here.

Philadelphia had a 2-0 lead when Utley sent a pitch from Aaron Cook just over the wall in right field. Utley, a second baseman who was recalled from Class AAA Scranton prior to the game, struck out as a pinch-hitter against Pittsburgh on April 4 and flied out in the second inning Thursday.

The last Philadelphia player to record a grand slam for his first hit was Jim Command against the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 11, 1954.

The six-run cushion was more than enough for Wolf, who surrendered just a one-out solo homer to Jay Payton in the fourth inning after retiring his first 10 batters.

The starter pitched himself out of bases-loaded jams in the next two frames, getting a strikeout and two popouts with nobody out in the fifth and inducing Gabe Kapler to hit into a double-play to end the sixth.

The Phillies took a 7-1 lead on a homer by Pat Burrell against Dan Miceli on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth, then added two runs against Jose Jimenez in the eighth.

Utley led off with a double and reliever Rheal Cormier singled. Jimmy Rollins drove in Utley with a double and Bobby Abreu capped the scoring with a one-out single that delivered Cormier.

Cook (1-2) allowed six runs and six hits in just four innings. On Friday, he pitched a five-hitter in a 12-1 victory over San Diego.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories