Bernero makes debut for Phillies

Bernero makes debut for Phillies

Already in possession of some bad memories from the first five series of Interleague Play, the Phillies head to the site of one of the franchise's worst memories to finish their American League schedule.

Philadelphia opens a three-game series Friday in Toronto -- the site of their Game 6 loss in the 1993 World Series, when Joe Carter took Mitch Williams' ninth-inning pitch deep to left field, giving the Blue Jays their second straight World Series championship.

Williams' fastball is still the last pitch that a Phillie has thrown in a postseason game.

The Phillies still have a couple of connections to that series. General manager Pat Gillick built the back-to-back champions, and hitting coach Milt Thompson went 0-for-3 in Game 6 as the Phillies' left fielder, but was removed for a pinch-hitter before Carter's heroics.

"That was a great ride," said Thompson. "There were so many ups and downs that season. When it ended, it was like the ride just stopped."

On Friday, the Phillies hand the ball for the first time to Adam Bernero, called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the spot of Brett Myers, who is on personal leave after being charged with domestic assault and battery.

Bernero had a 1.57 ERA in three starts for the Red Barons, allowing 14 baserunners in 23 innings. Bernero has 34 starts in his 146 appearances for Detroit, Colorado and Atlanta dating back to 2000. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA in three career games, including two starts, against the Blue Jays. He went 4-3 with a 6.51 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Braves last season.

The Blue Jays counter with rookie Casey Janssen, who has struggled after a hot start. The right-hander was 5-3 with a 3.07 ERA after a win on June 7, but he has lost each of his last three starts, with a 12.41 ERA in those outings.

Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Adam Bernero (season debut)
He last pitched in the Major Leagues on July 9, 2005, for Atlanta; he last started July 18, 2004, for Colorado.

TOR: RHP Casey Janssen (5-6, 4.76 ERA)
He allowed six runs on eight hits in a five-inning start against the Mets his last time out.

Player to watch
Ryan Howard leads the Major Leagues with 27 homers.

Interleague by the numbers
All-time record vs. Blue Jays: 8-7
All-time club Interleague record: 77-89

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
•   UPN 57

On radio
•   WPHT 1210

Up next
• Saturday: Phillies (RHP Cory Lidle, 4-6, 5.11) at Blue Jays (RHP Ty Taubenheim, 1-4, 4.73), 4:07 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Phillies (RHP Ryan Franklin, 1-4, 4.10) at Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 1-1, 3.24), 1:07 p.m. ET
• Monday: Off-day

Zachary Levine is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.