Phillies 10, Marlins 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jimmy Rollins hit one for the former skipper.
“After the grand slam, I actually thought about him, wondering what he was doing,” Rollins said. “I figured he’s probably at home celebrating, probably with a smile.”
The Phillies (86-76) matched last year’s record and equaled their mark from 2001, Bowa’s first season. Philadelphia hasn’t won more than 86 games since the 1993 NL championship team won 97.
The Phillies made a winner of Gary Varsho, who managed the last two games and lost in his debut Saturday. General manager Ed Wade said the future of the rest of the coaching staff would be decided this week, though pitching coach Joe Kerrigan is likely to resign.
“It’s been really difficult for myself, along with the staff,” Varsho said. “The game is played, but you’re not really in it because your thoughts are somewhere else.”
Brett Myers (11-11) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.
Abreu hit a solo homer off Ismael Valdez (14-9) in the third to join the 30-30 club for the second time. He finished with 30 homers and 40 stolen bases. Abreu had 31 homers and 36 stolen bases in 2001 and is the only Phillies player in the 30-30 club.
He went 2-for-2 and finished the season at .301 with 105 RBIs, his third straight season over .300.
Abreu, a first-time All-Star this year, played only four innings and came out for a curtain call after receiving a standing ovation when his achievement was announced to the sellout crowd.
Abreu said he had been trying too hard to his 30th, but relaxed in the finale.
“It’s hard to hit a homer, let me tell you,” Abreu said, smiling. “The last four or five games, I was trying to homer and it’s not that easy.”
The inning started with chants of “We Want Bowa!” and “Fire Ed Wade!” and ended with a rousing ovation after Rollins’ first career grand slam. There were several banners around the ballpark calling for Wade’s ouster, though his job is safe.
Rollins, who earlier set a career high with his 43rd double, batted in the eighth—stuck on 69 RBIs.
“I thought at least get one and I ended up with four,” Rollins said.
Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre became just the third player since 1971 to play every one of his team’s innings in the field, joining Detroit’s Travis Fryman (1995) and Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. (1983-86).
Pierre went 1-for-4 to finish with an NL-best 221 hits, and a league-high 70 multihit games.
“It just means that I stayed healthy throughout the entire year,” Pierre said. “In spring training, that’s what every player wants to accomplish and I was fortunate enough to do it.”
Pratt’s solo homer in the fourth gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead.
Myers asked Bowa last week if he could start the finale to try and finish at .500. He had a strong finish to the season, going 6-2 since Aug. 3.
It was a disappointing end for the defending champion Marlins who lost three of four to the Phillies and seven of 10 overall to finish third in the NL East.
“It was tough to compete the way Houston, San Francisco and the Cubs were playing,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t make it. Still, it was the second straight winning season for the first time.”
The crowd of 43,560 was Philadelphia’s 44th sellout out of 80 dates in its new ballpark. The Phillies final attendance was 3,250,092, the best in team history. … Rollins set a club record for runs in a season by a Philadelphia shortstop with 119…. Florida didn’t offer pitching coach Wayne Rosenthal and bench coach Doug Davis contracts for the 2005 season. They were offered other jobs in the organization. … Several Phillies players tossed their hats into the stands while reliever Amaury Telemaco tossed his jersey into the stands.