Rocky Mountain Low For Pounded Phils Mike Williams Yielded Three Home Runs In The First Inning. Things Didn't Get Much Better From There.

Posted: June 15, 1996

DENVER — Some losses are more painful, to play in and to watch, than others.

The Phillies' ugly 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies last night was made uglier by a collision between second baseman Mickey Morandini and rightfielder Glenn Murray. While converging on a pop-up in short right, Morandini's forehead struck Murray in the right cheekbone.

``It was pretty nasty,'' said first baseman Gregg Jefferies, who was closing in on the ball but held up. ``I heard Glenn at the tail end and stopped. It was pretty bad. I hope they're OK.''

Murray and Morandini remained on the ground for a few unsettling minutes. They walked off the field with help from trainers and coaches. Morandini had a cut over his right eye and complained of pain in his shoulder, manager Jim Fregosi said.

``I think they were both out a little bit,'' Fregosi said.

During the game, an ambulance backed into the tunnel near the Phillies' clubhouse. Morandini and Murray were taken out on stretchers and driven to nearby Rose Medical Center for observation. There was no word on their condition last night.

A third player, Jim Eisenreich, left the game after fouling a pitch off his right knee in the second inning.

``They're falling like flies,'' outfielder Pete Incaviglia said. ``It's unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it.''

Morandini ``was coherent out there,'' Incaviglia said. ``I just hope it's nothing more than some bumps and bruises.''

The injuries led Fregosi to use all of his available position players by the sixth inning and the unavailable one in the ninth. It was a game in which the Phillies fielded poorly, a game in which they hit well for exactly one inning, and a game in which starting pitcher Mike Williams gave up three home runs in the first inning and six runs altogether and didn't even take the loss.

That distinction went to reliever Russ Springer, who gave up a single and two doubles before retiring a batter, but did the most damage by fielding a grounder, trapping Jayhawk Owens in a rundown, and then throwing the ball into left field. Owens scored on the play, which set up Dante Bichette's two-run single.

``He screwed up the rundown,'' Fregosi said, ``and he made some bad pitches.''

Springer (1-6) gave up four runs, three unearned, in two-thirds of an inning. Williams gave up six runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

In all, Fregosi used 13 position players - shortstop Mike Benjamin, resting a bruised leg, made the last out as a pinch-hitter - and four pitchers.

The only thing missing from this one was the Detroit Tigers, although they seemed to be here in spirit.

The collision figured in the Rockies' two-run, fourth-inning rally. Eric Young's pop-up rolled away from Morandini and was scored a single. Vinny Castilla scored and the bases were loaded.

On the way back from attending to his injured players, Fregosi stopped to change pitchers. Toby Borland came in and got out of the inning with minimal damage. Jason Bates scored the go-ahead run on a groundout.

The Phillies had tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth on a pinch-single by Benito Santiago. Fregosi normally doesn't use his catchers to pinch-hit, but Santiago was the only man available. He remained in the game at first base.

Mike Lieberthal, who started in place of Santiago, keyed a five-run rally in the fourth inning with a three-run homer off starter Mark Thompson.

It was a brief but eventful evening for Eisenreich. He left the game after fouling a second-inning pitch off his right knee. In the first, Eisenreich nearly made a great catch against the fence on a play that turned into Ellis Burks' two-run inside-the-park homer. The Phillies said Eisenreich bruised the knee.

With the Stanley Cup in the park for the Rockies' tribute to the Colorado Avalanche, it was fitting that Burks should get a home run by playing dump-and-chase baseball. He dumped a Williams pitch into the corner, and, while Eisenreich was mucking it up, Burks chased Young around the bases.

The puck - er, baseball - hit the fence just inches from Eisenreich's glove. It bounced off to the right. Eisenreich turned to the left. He spun, extending his arms out in a shrug, then spotted the ball.

By the time his throw reached the cutoff man, Burks was rounding third. He slid in safely with his 13th homer, the first inside-the-park home run at Coors Field.

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