Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
8/11/2004
 
Wolf to Start in Leftfield?

Randy Wolf salutes the phans after his second home run of the evening.

Well, having a pitcher start in left field on his off days is a bit of a stretch, but maybe Larry Bowa should consider batting Randy Wolf higher in the lineup on the days he does pitch? Besides pitching well enough to pick up a win, Wolf clubbed two home runs in Wednesday night's game, going 3 for 3 on the night at the plate. Other Phillies batters got into the act as well with Jim Thome homering twice, Chase Utley hitting a three-run homer and Jimmy Rollins adding a two-run long ball. When the dust settled, the Phillies had beaten the Rockies 15-4. Another positive was that no Phillies were hurt in batting practice or in the game itself.

This is the kind of offensive output Phillies fans expected from the team all season long and it is certain the lineup card Bowa filled out Wednesday night will be reused Thursday, or at least a close resemblance. The first two slots were typical, Rollins followed by Polanco. Bowa then showed some creativity by moving Chase Utley up to the third slot. Jim Thome remained in the cleanup position and Bobby Abreu was dropped to fifth. Mike Lieberthal, Jason Michaels, Marlon Byrd and of course Randy Wolf finished out the lineup.

The only downside to the evening was that the Phillies win did not improve their position in the NL East or Wild Card standings as Atlanta and Chicago both won their games for the evening.



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