PHILADELPHIA -- Juan Guzman was satisfied that he did his job last night, but he's prepared for more work if the World Series goes to Game 7.
The lanky right-hander was the losing pitcher in Game 5 last night as the Philadelphia Phillies avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Guzman lost to a brilliant performance by Curt Schilling, who became only the second pitcher to shut out the Blue Jays this year, the other being Orioles left-hander Fernando Valenzuela.
"I did my job," said Guzman, who pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out six and walking four. "There's no way I thought two runs would be enough to beat us. I feel sorry for myself because I didn't get a win, but we won two out of three [in Philadelphia] and we're happy with that."
If the Phillies win tomorrow night and force a deciding game, Guzman said he would be ready if needed. "I could pitch on Sunday," he said. "I only threw 101 pitches [last night]."
Asked if he could start if necessary, Guzman replied: "Start? No, I couldn't start, but I could pitch in relief if Cito [Gaston, Blue Jays manager] needs me."
Guzman's often erratic control, plus a throwing error by catcher Pat Borders, cost him a run in the first inning. Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second and went to third when Borders' throw went into center field, then scored on Mariano Duncan's sacrifice fly.
The other run came an inning later when rookie shortstop Kevin Stocker drilled a two-out double over first baseman John Olerud to score Darren Daulton, who had led off with a double.
Schilling was the next hitter after Stocker, but Gaston said he didn't consider an intentional walk.
"Normally in the National League you'd really like to have the pitcher lead off the next inning," said Gaston. "In a case like that, you try not to give the guy something to hit. But we didn't do a very good job of pitching around him."
Guzman said that Stocker hit a fastball that "was up a little bit more than I wanted -- I was trying to go right at him." As it turned out, Stocker's hit delivered what turned out to be an insurance run.
The Blue Jays had gone 93 games since Valenzuela shut them out shortly before the All-Star break. But, on this night, Schilling was clearly superior.
"You have to give credit to Curt Schilling," said the Blue Jays' Roberto Alomar. "He pitched a great game -- and he made a great play."
Alomar was referring to Rickey Henderson's sharply hit ball in the eighth that appeared en route to center field until Schilling knocked it down. There were runners on first and third and none out, and Schilling's play enabled the Phillies to get the lead man, leaving runners on first and second.
"If that ball goes through, we've got a run, with men on first and second and nobody out," said Alomar. "He made a great play."
The man who had the best look at Schilling's play was Henderson, but he didn't care to comment afterward. "I'm not talking, not right now, man, no," Henderson said.
There was some inclination to lay some blame on rookie pinch-runner Willie Canate for getting trapped off third base, or Rob Butler, another rookie, who was on first base via a pinch-hit single. In retrospect, however, there was little Canate could've done -- and Butler didn't think risking a second out was worth the gamble to reach third base.
Had Schilling caught the ball cleanly instead of knocking it to the ground, he would've had an easy double play. In that situation, it is common for the runner to break from third, sacrificing the run to avoid the double play, or scoring if the defense tries to get two outs.
If Canate made a mistake, it was not engaging the defense long enough to allow Butler and Henderson to advance to third and second, respectively.
Butler started to go, but "I wasn't sure where the shortstop [Stocker] was, and my run wasn't the important one," he said. "I didn't think it was worth the risk to move up."
In the end, it didn't matter. One night after suffering one of the most crushing defeats in World Series history, the Phillies returned to baseball basics -- pitching and defense -- to send the series back to Canada.