Schilling Makes Quick Work Of Phillies Offense

As expected, there wasn't much offense going on Wednesday night at The Vet. Brett Myers matched up against his idol Curt Schilling and the rookie compared well to the veteran, but in the end, it was Schilling and the Diamondbacks that came out on top with a 2-0 win.

For Curt Schilling (3-2), it was a pretty easy night. He struck out the first four hitters he faced and finished the night with 14 strikeouts and walked just one batter. To make quick work of the Phillies, he only allowed two hits and used just 106 pitches to finish the job. Schilling admitted before the game that pitching for the last time in a regular season game at Veterans Stadium meant something to him.

On the other side, Brett Myers (3-3) showed that he may have a Schilling-like career ahead of him. Coming into the game, Myers had the third best ERA (2.20) in the National League and left with that ERA basically intact (2.21). Myers struck out six and allowed just four hits through eight innings of work for the Phillies.

Ironically, Schilling helped to push the D'backs first run across the plate. He singled with one out in the third and went to second on a single by Alex Cintron. Luis Gonzalez then singled and Schilling chugged his way around third. Ricky Ledee's throw hit Cintron in the hand as he was trying to move to third base, allowing Schilling to score and put Arizona ahead 1-0. Two innings later, Myers seemed in complete control, getting the first two outs of the inning with no problem before Cintron launched his first major league homerun and suddenly, the Diamondbacks led 2-0.

Larry Bowa shuffled the lineup a little in an attempt to get some offense, but it obviously didn't work. Bobby Abreu, who has batted third all season moved to fifth in the order and Jim Thome took over the number three spot in the order. Pat Burrell, who hit fourth earlier in the season, moved back into the number four spot. Bowa was upset that his first five hitters went 2-for-17 Tuesday night against rookie Brandon Webb. Wednesday night, they went 1-for-16.

The series wraps up with a business person's special Thursday afternoon at 3:05. Randy Wolf (5-2, 3.92) tries to stop the Phillies two-game skid and will be opposed by Elmer Dessens (3-3, 4.53).


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