Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

National League Roundup: Henderson walks into history

Veteran passes Ruth with base on balls No. 2,063

April 26, 2001

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— Rickey Henderson set the major league walks record at 2,063, but it did little good for San Diego, which lost, 5-3, to Philadelphia.

Henderson walked on a 3-1 pitch from reliever Jose Mesa leading off the ninth to take sole possession of the mark he had shared for a day with Babe Ruth.

Henderson tossed his bat aside and jogged to first. He shook hands with first base coach Alan Trammell and acknowledged the standing ovation from what remained of the crowd of 12,573.

But Henderson, the all-time steals leader, was thrown out by catcher Mike Lieberthal trying to take second as Mike Colangelo struck out.

Henderson finished 1-for-4 with the walk, and also committed an error when he dropped Marlon Anderson's fly ball to left in the seventh.

"The record is outstanding," Henderson said. "It's great to be in a class with Babe Ruth and all that good stuff, but I'm the type of person that wants to win," Henderson said.

"I still feel great about breaking this record by one of the greatest ballplayers who ever played this game."

The record walk "came at a time we needed to get on," Henderson said. "You get up there and you're trying to work your way on the base, no matter which way you go, a walk or a hit."

"When they bring in their stopper out of the bullpen, you've got to go up there and be prepared to hit the ball. It so happened he walked me."

Travis Lee hit a two-run homer for the second time in three games for the Phillies, who won their sixth straight.

The Padres pulled to 4-3 on Bubba Trammell's solo homer with one out in the eighth. They had runners on second and third with two outs, but rookie reliever Eddie Oropesa got pinch-hitter Wiki Gonzalez to ground out. The Phillies added a run on an error by first baseman Dave Magadan in the ninth.

Cardinals 5, Expos 2

St. Louis Albert Pujols had three RBIs for the third straight game, hitting a three-run homer to lead St. Louis over Montreal. Pujols, 21, leads the Cardinals with seven homers and 22 RBIs and is batting .375. His drive to straightaway center off Britt Reames (2-1) gave St. Louis a 4-2 lead in the fourth.

In the last three games, Pujols has three homers, two doubles and nine RBIs.

Reds 7, Giants 5

San Francisco Barry Larkin hit the first of five run-scoring singles in Cincinnati's six-run sixth inning as the Reds beat San Francisco. It was Cincinnati's longest streak since they won eight straight on the road from June 9-27, 1999. The Giants lost consecutive games at Pacific Bell Park for the first time since dropping a pair against the Diamondbacks last Sept. 22-23.

Dodgers 6, Pirates 5

Los Angeles Mark Grudzielanek tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning and Shawn Green hit a three-run homer as Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh. Grudzielanek, dropped to sixth in the batting order after hitting second in each of his first nine games, drove a pitch from Jose Manzanillo (0-1) into the right-center alley.

Brewers 7, Mets 2

Milwaukee Richie Sexson hit a two-run triple in a four-run seventh and Jimmy Haynes survived a tough first inning to lead Milwaukee over New York. After hitting three home runs to win the series opener 6-4, the Brewers had nine singles and a pair of sacrifice flies in building a 3-2 lead against Steve Trachsel (0-4).

Rockies 6, Cubs 5

Denver Todd Helton homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jeff Cirillo hit a ninth-inning sacrifice fly as Colorado beat Chicago. Helton, who also homered Tuesday, hit a three-run drive in the first inning. With the Rockies trailing 4-3 in the seventh, he hit a two-run homer off Felix Heredia for his 17th multihomer game, his second this season.

Diamondbacks 10, Marlins 7

Phoenix Curt Schilling struck out 12, moving ahead of teammate Randy Johnson for the major league lead, as Arizona beat Florida for its first series sweep this year. Schilling (3-0) finished with 50 strikeouts to Johnson's 48 on the season. It was his 53rd career game with double-digit strikeouts and third of the season. But Schilling wasn't at the top of his game, allowing 13 hits and seven runs in seven-plus innings in front of 23,097 fans the smallest crowd in Bank One Ballpark history.

Braves 11, Astros 3

Houston Kevin Millwood earned his first victory of the season before leaving the game with a sore left hip and Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer as Atlanta beat Houston.

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