Jimmy Rollins collected five hits and scored four runs helping to lead the Phillies to a 16-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The bad part came when ace Kevin Millwood left after three innings with a strained right groin. The Phillies aren't sure how severe the injury is and say they will evaluate Millwood again tomorrow.
With their bullpen stretched, the last thing that the Phillies needed was an injury to their ace. Saturday, Kevin Millwood
lasted just three innings before the bullpen got a call to get ready to take over. Millwood strained his right groin and is listed as day-to-day for now. Carlos Silva
(1-0) took over and went two and two-thirds innings in relief allowing just three hits and striking out four to pick up the win. Dan Plesac
, Terry Adams
and Jose Mesa
went the final one and one-third innings, holding the Pirates scoreless and allowing just one hit.
Meanwhile, the Phillies bats were unstoppable as Jimmy Rollins went 5-for-6 and scored four times. Four other Phillies - Placido Polanco, Jim Thome, Pat Burrell and Mike Lieberthal - all had multi-hit games. Lieberthal and Bobby Abreu both homered for the Phils.
Starter Jeff D'Amico (0-1) took the loss for Pittsburgh, the Pirates first loss of the season.
The Phillies and Pirates wrap up the series Sunday afternoon at The Vet with Brett Myers going up against Pittsburgh's Kris Benson.