Millwood still finds ways to pitch bad

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2001

While Kevin Millwood might have wanted to walk off the field in disgust, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon did just that.

Millwood was pounded yet again Sunday, giving up six runs in five innings before Atlanta rallied for a 10-8 win over Cleveland.

''I'm sick of this place. I really want to go home,'' said Millwood, who has a 15.07 ERA this spring.

McClendon, Pittsburgh's rookie manager, pulled his team off the field with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning after Erik Plantenberg forced in two runs by walking five straight batters as the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies played to a 6-6 tie.

''I had to OK it,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. ''I asked if the kid had a bad arm and they said, 'No.' But the way he pitched ...''

McClendon did not explain his decision to have the game stopped. Pittsburgh's pitching staff has been decimated by injuries and McClendon had already used seven pitchers.

Plantenberg, a 32-year-old left-hander, last pitched in the majors for the Phillies in 1997. He walked David Newhan and Brian L. Hunter after loading the bases in the 10th.

The Phillies tied it at 4 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Tomas Perez off Eric Moody. Enrique Wilson's second homer of the game -- a two-run shot in the 10th off Ed Vosberg -- gave the Pirates a 6-4 lead.

Millwood gave up nine hits, including solo home runs to Jim Thome and Ellis Burks, in his last start in Florida. Millwood will pitch Friday in Atlanta against the Indians.

''Like I said before and I really mean it, I don't care about ERA down here, wins or losses,'' said Millwood, who is coming off a 10-13 year and 4.66 ERA after winning 35 games the two previous seasons.

''All I care about is getting something accomplished,'' he said. ''Not until my turn comes up in April does it start counting.''

Dave Martinez and Rafael Furcal each had RBI singles in the eighth inning to break an 8-all tie.

In other games, it was:

Toronto 16, Detroit 7

Baltimore 7, Montreal 1

Cincinnati 3, Boston 0

Tampa Bay 12, Texas 6

Kansas City 12, Houston 7

Los Angeles 10, St. Louis 0

New York Mets 6, Florida 5

Chicago Cubs 9, Anaheim 6

Colorado 17, Seattle 5

Oakland 8, Milwaukee 3

Arizona 8, San Diego 1

White Sox 4, San Francisco 2.

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