Johnny Estrada's groundball turned into a winner for the Phillies on Sunday.
Pat Burrell scored on a fielding mistake by reliever Scott
Sauerbeck in the 10th inning as Philadelphia beat the Pittsburgh
Pirates 1-0 on Sunday. "That was not how I wanted to win it, but I'll take it,'' said
Estrada, who entered the game in the ninth. "We won, that's the
bottom line.'' With one out in the 10th, Pat Burrell was intentionally walked
with nobody on, and he went to third on a single by Travis Lee.
Estrada then hit a sharp grounder to Sauerbeck (3-3), who turned
and made a bad throw to shortstop Jack Wilson. Wilson's throw to first was too late, allowing Burrell to score. "It wasn't heartbreaking, we didn't deserve to win,'' Pirates
manager Lloyd McClendon said after his team managed just two hits.
"It's frustrating, that's for sure.'' Randy Wolf, 6-1 in his last 10 starts, did not get a decision
despite allowing only one hit in eight shutout innings. He struck
out a career-high 11 and walked two. He has pitched at least six
innings in his last 17 starts. Wolf said it was his decision to leave the game after the eighth
inning. "There was no reason to be macho,'' Wolf said. "I gave it all
I could for eight innings. I didn't think it would be good for me
or the team to go back out there.'' Salomon Torres, a September callup making his third start of the
season after being out of baseball from 1998 until 2000, pitched
six scoreless innings for Pittsburgh. He gave up four hits, with
five walks and a strikeout. In the ninth, Wilson hit a one-out single off reliever Jose Mesa
(4-6) and went to second on a wild pitch. After Brian Giles was
intentionally walked and the runners advanced on a groundout, Mesa
struck out Craig Wilson to end the inning. The Phillies had two good early scoring opportunities. In the
first, Doug Glanville hit a one-out triple but was stranded. Then
in the fourth, Bobby Abreu doubled with one out and Burrell walked. After a flyout, they both moved up a base on an infield single
by Mike Lieberthal that loaded the bases, but Placido Polanco
grounded out to end the threat. Philadelphia also left two runners on in the seventh and eighth
innings. Abreu popped out to end the seventh, and Marlon Anderson
popped out to finish the eighth. Pittsburgh, the worst-hitting team in the majors, had only three
baserunners through the first eight innings off Wolf. With one out
in the second, Craig Wilson walked and moved to second on an error
by second baseman Anderson, but Wolf retired the next two hitters
to end the inning.
Glanville returned to the team after missing two days to be
with his father, who was hospitalized. ... It was the fourth time
the Pirates had two hits this season. ... The announced attendance
of 23,054 was biggest of the 11-game homestand. ... The Pirates
struck out 14 times, matching a season high.