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Wolf allows four hits, and hits a big one himself

8/22/2002

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Randy Wolf is being compared by his manager to
a young Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer.

Wolf certainly showed why Thursday, allowing four hits in eight
innings and hitting his first career home run to lead the
Philadelphia Phillies past the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 Thursday.

Wolf (9-7) struck out seven and walked four as the Brewers fell
to 7-20 against left-handers this season. The Phillies are 6-0 in
Wolf's past six starts, including a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals last Friday.

''His numbers at this stage of the game are better than
Glavine's or Moyer's at their stage of the game,'' Philadelphia
manager Larry Bowa said.

Wolf, now 36-36 in 103 starts since joining the Phillies in
1999, took the praise in stride.

''To me, it's unfair to be in the same sentence as a Hall of
Famer,'' Wolf said about Glavine, who was 33-41 in 105 starts in
his first four seasons with Atlanta. ''It's a complement but it's
hard to be in the same sentence as him.''

Moyer was 32-43 in 94 starts in his first four seasons with the
Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.

Pat Burrell and Placido Polanco hit solo home runs for the
Phillies, who pounded Milwaukee pitchers for 27 hits and 20 runs in
winning twice after losing 3-2 Tuesday in the series opener.

Milwaukee advanced only two runners past second base. The only
hits by the Brewers were a double by Ryan Thompson and singles by
Robert Machado, Lenny Harris and Eric Young.

Harris and Young singled and Alex Sanchez walked to load the
bases with one out in the eighth, but Wolf struck out Richie Sexson
and Jose Hernandez to end the threat.

Sexson was 0-for-11 in the series and is in a 0-for-13 slump.

''He swung at pitches out of the strike zone and that got him in
trouble today,'' manager Jerry Royster said of Sexson. ''He's
missed some opportunities to drive in runs and nothing eats at him
more than that.''

Carlos Silva finished the four-hitter.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against
left-hander Jimmy Osting (0-1), making his second start with the
Brewers. With one out, Polanco hit a solo home run. Following two
walks, Mike Lieberthal tripled.

On Lieberthal's slicing liner, right fielder Izzy Alcantara made
an ill-advised dive for the ball, which bounded past him into the
corner as Lieberthal easily made it to third.

Wolf hit his home run in the second and Burrell's 31st of the
season made it 5-0 in the third.

Back-to-back doubles by Bobby Abreu and Burrell to start the
sixth made it 6-0 and ended the day for Osting, who allowed six
runs. All but one of the seven hits Osting allowed was for extra
bases.

''I was behind in the count a lot, and that makes everybody a
better hitter,'' Osting said. ''They really made me pay for that.''

''He had no success at all sustaining anything,'' Royster said.
''They hit fastballs, curves, changeups ... it was a tough game for
him.''

Game notes
The Phillies have hit at least one home run in nine
consecutive games. ... Philadelphia leads the National League in doubles with 255.
Abreu's double was his 40th and he became the first Phillie since
Ed Delahanty in 1895-97 to hit that many in three consecutive seasons.
... Osting, who pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut with
the Brewers last week in Pittsburgh, threw 42 pitches in the first
inning Thursday. ... Lieberthal had only one triple in his previous
three seasons, that coming in 1999. He has two this year. ... The
Brewers altered their batting lineup, moving Sexson to third and
Hernandez to cleanup. Sexson has batted fourth in 120 of the 123
games in which he's played this season. It didn't work as the two
combined to go 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.