Phillies 7, Athletics 1, 1st game; Phillies 8, Athletics 3, 2nd game
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Philadelphia Phillies are starting to enjoy these doubleheaders.
The Phillies begin a six-game road trip in Anaheim on Monday night.
“It was a long day and it will be a longer night, but I’ll take it,” manager Larry Bowa said. “It’s tough to sweep a doubleheader, especially against a tough team like Oakland.”
Randy Wolf also went seven innings in the nightcap as Philadelphia completed its longest homestand of the year with a 6-6 record, including two doubleheader sweeps. The Phillies swept the Expos on June 1.
Eric Chavez hit his 11th homer for the A’s, who went 5-7 on their longest road trip of the season.
Saturday’s rainout forced the doubleheader.
After early wildness, Wolf (7-3) settled into a groove. He allowed three runs on four hits—only two in his final five innings—and struck out seven. The left-hander walked a season-high five, including four in the first two innings.
Wolf, who was supposed to pitch Saturday, was glad his start was pushed back. He got just two hours of sleep Friday night due to discomfort from root canal surgery.
The left-hander, who had not started since June 1, said he felt a lot better thanks to his team’s offensive production.
“Eight runs was the key,” he said. “I was borderline awful. With the layoff, it was tough to get into a rhythm. I felt stronger as the game went on.”
Philadelphia jumped on Aaron Harang (0-1) for four runs in the first. Thome’s two-run shot landed deep in the right-field bleachers, his 14th homer of the season.
“I was trying to make an adjustment to the mound,” Harang said. “I was having trouble locating my fastball, so I was throwing more off-speed pitches. Thome hit a changeup.
“That’s a good-hitting ballclub over there.”
Harang lasted just three innings in his first start of the season, giving up five runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out five.
“It wasn’t a good start for Aaron and he’s trying to gain a spot in the rotation,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “His command wasn’t very good. If the command isn’t good, it doesn’t matter if the offense is struggling.”
Todd Pratt’s sacrifice fly padded the lead to 6-1 in the fourth.
Placido Polanco connected for his sixth homer, a solo shot, off Halama in the sixth.
Burrell was 3-for-34 before he lined a double to left in the fourth inning. He slugged a homer to left—his 11th of the season—in the seventh off reliever Mike Neu. It was Burrell’s first home run since May 24.
“I’m not out of it yet, but this was big for me,” said Burrell, who sat out the second game with the flu. “I’ll keep the flu if it keeps this up.”
Despite waking up with flulike symptoms, Millwood (8-3) outpitched Mark Mulder (8-4) to end a personal two-game losing streak with his first win since May 23. The right-hander has never lost three straight games in his seven-year career.
Millwood scattered six hits, struck out six and walked one.
“I figured once I got out there and starting working a little, I’d be all right,” he said. “I felt like I’d been beaten up last night. I was tired and my whole body ached.”
Bowa wasn’t sure if Millwood was going to be able to start until just before gametime.
“Kevin was adamant about going, he’s a warrior,” Bowa said. “He was pretty sick and dehydrated.”
Mulder, who was roughed up for eight earned runs in 3 2-3 innings in his previous start against Florida, pitched six innings. He allowed four runs onnine hits, walking three and striking out five.
Oakland center fielder Chris Singleton left the first game with back spasms. He is day-to-day. … The doubleheader was Oakland’s first since May 26, 2001, against Minnesota. … After starting the season 20-9, A’s starters are 4-11 since May 19. … Millwood struck out three times, twice on sacrifice bunt attempts. After his last strikeout, he flipped the bat to a kid behind the Phillies’ dugout. … The doubleheader was the 109th in the history of Veterans Stadium. The Phillies own 35 doubleheaders sweeps, including two this season. … Burrell’s last six hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles and twohome runs).