"He had kind of a long first inning; he's rusty," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did pretty good, really, but his command was a little off."
Wolf ended the afternoon to a nice ovation after throwing 97 pitches. Just 52 were for strikes, but three of the five batters he walked were stranded, so the lack of control didn't hurt too badly.The Phillies offense also got off to a slow start, but exploded in a big way later on. After getting a hit for the first three innings against Marlins rookie Anibal Sanchez, the Phils got five in the bottom of the fourth, keyed by a Mike Lieberthal grand slam. Lieberthal drove in five on the day, also contributing an RBI single in the four-run fifth inning that knocked Sanchez from the game. The young right-hander took the loss, giving up eight runs on four hits and six walks, three of which were issued to Ryan Howard, who walked in all five of his at-bats to tie a Phillies record. Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 30 games with his fourth-inning leadoff double. Utley, who became the third Phillie to reach that plateau, added a triple the following inning.
Zachary Levine is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.