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See GAME Page77 KICKINGTHEMSELVES B y MARCUSHAYES h ayesm@phillynews.com M ILWAUKEE—Innocu- ous.Thenstartling.Then numbing. That’showMarkSmithbegan, entered,thenexitedlastnight. That’showthePhillies’eighth inningbegan,progressedandfin- ished.AndhowKevinMillwood’s nightwent—atleast,that’showit seemed.Hewouldn’ttalkaboutit. Staytunedaboutthatlastthing. Smith’spinch-hit,three-run homerunoffrelieverTurkWen- dellbrokeaneighth-inningtieand ledtheBrewerstoa6-4win,snap- pingthePhillies’five-gamewin- ningstreak.Smith,a33-year-old careerminorleaguer,hadn’thita b ig-leaguehomersinceOct.7, 2001,whenhewasapart-timeout- fielderfortheExpos,playing againsttheMets.He’dbeenatTri- pleAIndianapolisuntiltheBrew- erscalledhimupAug.7. “Itwaswherehelikesit,”said W endell,whose1-1sinkerdidn’t, perhaps,hesaid,becauseofhis frequentuselately.He’spitched infivegamesin7days,hismost activitysincehisreturnafter missingmorethanaseasonwith elbow-tendinitissurgery. “I’msureittakesitstoll,”said W endell,36.“Ididn’thavemy b eststufftonight.” Smith’shomerwasasbigasit w asbecausethePhillieshadtied t hegameat3withonerunintheir halfoftheeighthbutcollapsedat t hehandsofMikeDeJean;strike- out,strikeout,popoutwiththe b asesloadedandnoouts. “We’vegottoputtheballin playthere,”PhilliesmanagerLar- ryBowasaid.“Thatwastheturn- ingpoint.” Leftlingeringwasthereason forMillwood’sdourmood.He g aveupthreerunsonfourhitsin sixinnings,threw89pitches—10 fewerthanaverage,18fewerthan hislastthreegames’average— andwasliftedforapinch-hitter withoneoutintheseventh,trail- ing,3-2.ThePhillies’pairhadcome onJimThome’ssixthhomerinas manygames,narrowingathree- rundeficitinthesixthinning. Normallyanaffablesortevenaf- teratrociousoutings,Millwoodre- fusedtoaddressthepressafterthis ordinaryone.Stiff-jawedandthin- lipped,Millwoodleftwithoutcom- mentforthefirsttimethisseason. WasMillwoodangrywithhim- selffornot,well,dominating? PitchingcoachJoeKerriganof- feredthatexplanation. Washeupsetthathewaslifted forthepinch-hitter? Kerriganpointedtoabaseball adagethatassumesthatanytrail- ingpitcherwillbeliftedwithin thelastnineoutsofaroadgame, andsaidthat,upondiscussingit withthestafface,Millwoodwas finewithit. However,twoteammatesac- BREWERS6,PHILLIES4 PHILLIES SCHEDULE TONIGHTTOMORROWFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY MONDAY atBrewers 8:05,CSN atBrewers 2:10,CSN atCardinals 8:10,CSN atCardinals 1:20,Fox atCardinals 2:10,Ch.57 atExpos 7:05,CSN AssociatedPress PhilliesrelieverTurkWendellkicksthemoundasMarkSmithroundsthebasesafterhomer. YOUR CLOSER CALL THE DAILY NEWS ASKED YOU TO CHOOSE THE PHILLIES’ CLOSER JOSE MESA 19.1% MIKE WILLIAMS 27.5% TURK WENDELL 19.5% RHEAL CORMIER 19.8% DAN PLESAC 14.1% DNPOLL See GAME Page77 WILD-CARD COUNTDOWN WLPct.GB PPHHIILLLLIIEESS66995555..555566—— Marlins6956.552 1 / 2 D-backs6659.5243 1 / 2 Dodgers6459.5204 1 / 2 Expos6560.5204 1 / 2 Cardinals6560.5204 1 / 2 Does not include Montreal/Los Angeles game NL WILD-CARD STANDINGS 38 Games left for Phillies in regular season . PAGE78 PHILADELPHIADAILYNEWSWEDNESDAY,AUGUST20,2003

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