04/28/2003 5:43 PM ET
Millwood wins Player of the Week
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- A day after tossing a 1-0 no-hitter over the team with the best record in the National League, Phillies pitcher Kevin Millwood was named NL Pepsi Player of the Week for April 21-27.
The right-hander struck out 10 and walked three in his masterpiece over San Francisco. The first no-hitter of the 2003 season, it was the ninth in Phillies' history and the second at Veterans Stadium. Terry Mulholland pitched the only other nine-inning no-hitter at the Vet on Aug. 15, 1990, also against the Giants.
"It was one of those special days," Millwood said. "I don't plan on doing it every time out, but it was a lot of fun. I've had a couple of other shots that I've lost in the seventh inning and today I got through that and made it."
Sunday's performance was merely the better of the two outings for Millwood, who held the Rockies one earned run in a 5-2 win on April 22. He struck out four and allowed three hits in six innings. For the week, Millwood went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings. He allowed one run on three hits and and seven walks, while fanning 14.
Originally Millwood was supposed to get an extra day off last week after his April 17 start, with Brett Myers taking his turn. That would have meant that Millwood would have started April 23, then again Monday in Los Angeles.
After sleeping on it, manager Larry Bowa decided he wanted his ace out there as often as possible and kept Millwood pitching every fifth day.
"I kept going over the scenario," Bowa said. "I said this is stupid. He's our no. 1 pitcher."
Millwood certainly made the Giants and Rockies pay this week. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Padres.
Among the other nominees were Phils teammate Bobby Abreu, who clubbed .455 with a .556 on-base percentage, and drove in nine. Milwaukee's Richie Sexson (.421, 3 HR, 8 RBI), Atlanta's Russ Ortiz (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 12 SO), Houston's Tim Redding (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 13 SO) and Chicago's Corey Patterson (.421, 3 HR, 8 RBI).
Ken Mandel is a reporter for
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