Sosa and Cubs Pitchers Beat Phillies 1-0
Clement and Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth were brilliant, but neither qualified for a decision in the game. Ironically, Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth (3-0) qualified for the win after throwing just two pitches in the eighth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Phillies reliever Turk Wendell, a former Cub, threw a hanging slider to Sosa, who ended the game with one swing. After striking out in his previous three at bats, Sosa crushed the Wendell (1-2) offering over the wall in right-center field to give the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish.
Joe Borowski worked the bottom of the ninth to retire the Phillies in order to earn his 16th save for the Cubs.
Neither offense could get much going throughout the evening. Clement certainly had his strongest performance of the year, pitching seven innings while yielding only a single by 3B David Bell, which hit off the wrist of first baseman Eric Karros for the Phillies lone hit of the night.
Clement struggled with his control, allowing six walks, but was able to use his five strikeouts to get out of any jams. Mark Guthrie, Kyle Farnsworth, and Joe Borowski shut the door from the bullpen, allowing no hits.
Meanwhile, Duckworth was equally as effective for the Phillies. After carrying a 60-to-70 pitch limit due to a recent injury into the game, Duckworth threw 87 pitches in six scoreless innings and looked so good that Phillies manager Larry Bowa elected to extend his pitch limit.
The two clubs meet again tomorrow night at 5:05 (CT). Future star pitchers Carlos Zambrano (6-6, 3.13 ERA) and Brett Myers (7-6, 3.62 ERA) will take the mound in what will be the Cubs final game at Veteran Stadium.
Matt Clapp is a writer for CubsTalk.com.