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Junge comes to rescue for Phillies

9/14/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eric Junge planned to spend the past week
mourning friends who had died in last September's terrorist attacks
and then preparing to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

But then the Philadelphia Phillies called him up to the majors,
giving Junge an unexpected opportunity to commemorate his friends
and show the big league club what he can do.

"I was pretty pleased. I didn't think I would get called up,''
Junge said.

Junge pitched five impressive innings as an emergency starter
and earned his first major league victory as the Phillies beat the
Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday night.

Junge wore the names of three friends lost in the terrorist
attacks on his hat. Two, Brad Fetchet and Mark McGinley, were
classmates at Bucknell who worked in the World Trade Center. The
third, Chris Mello, was a childhood friend who was on the plane
that first crashed into the towers.

"I definitely think they were with me,'' said the right-hander,
who made his major league debut in relief on Wednesday.

Junge had planned to take a trip to New York for the one-year
anniversary of the attacks, and he was going to play "Taps'' on
his trumpet in Times Square, as a tribute to his fallen friends.

Junge felt like he had something to prove to the Phillies after
he wasn't called up when rosters were expanded at the beginning of
the month. He later added to the roster to add depth to the
bullpen.

"I didn't realize his fastball was as good as it was tonight,''
Bowa said. "He wanted an opportunity and sometimes an opportunity
like this can open some eyes.''

Pat Burrell hit his 37th homer and Bobby Abreu a two-run single
as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh for the first time in five games
this season.

Junge made the start after Brandon Duckworth was unable to pitch
because of a stiff back. Junge gave up an unearned run on four
hits, struck out five and walked four.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 49 chances as
the Phillies bullpen threw four scoreless innings. Mesa became the
first pitcher in team history to record two 40-save seasons.

With the Phillies trailing 1-0, Marlon Anderson led off the
fifth with a double to center field that Rob Mackowiak misjudged,
and Todd Pratt followed with a single. Jimmy Rollins made it 1-all
with an RBI double that hit off right fielder Craig Wilson's glove.

Pratt and Rollins scored on a two-out single by Abreu, who
extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon was unhappy with the team's
fielding during the inning.

"Anytime there's a fly ball to center that hits the warning
track, it should be caught,'' McClendon said. "He had a bad jump
and broke the wrong way. Wilson didn't get a good jump either.
That's being kind.''

The Pirates scored their run in the fifth when Rollins dropped a
routine popup in shallow left, allowing Pokey Reese to score from
third. Reese had doubled and went to third on Jack Wilson's
sacrifice.

Brian Meadows (1-6) went five innings and gave up three runs on
five hits with one walk and a strikeout. He has lost three straight
decisions.

Game notes
Jack Wilson's sacrifice bunt was his 16th of the season,
tops in the majors. ... Mesa's 40 saves tied him for third on the
Phillies' single-season saves list with Steve Bedrosian (1987).
Mitch Williams set the team record with 43 in 1993. ... Burrell's
37 homers and 113 RBIs are the most by a Phillies player since Mike
Schmidt hit 37 homers in 1986 and drove in 113 in 1987.