MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Howard provided the most important swing of Friday's 5-3 victory over the Brewers, but he was upset in the visitors clubhouse when he saw Pete Orr.
"Who won the race?" Howard asked. Italian, he was told.
"I had the Polish!" Howard said. "Thanks, Pete."
Orr stirred the 43,283 fans at Miller Park who love their racing sausages. He was in the bathroom between innings and was late to arrive on the field for the top of the sixth. So he grabbed his glove, ran up the dugout steps and didn't bother to look both ways.
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He ran right into five running meats.
"I froze," Orr said. "Then I just tried to get skinny."
He slipped between Italian and Polish, but clipped Polish enough to knock him out of contention. Then he smacked Hot Dog, knocking him further back in the pack.
"I think I kneed him a little bit," Orr said.
It unofficially counted as Orr's fourth hit of the night. The other three were singles, his first three-hit game since Aug. 29, 2009. He started at second base for the Phillies, his first start since May 19.
That will not be what Friday is remembered for.
"He was counting his batting average as he ran [out there]," Charlie Manuel joked.
Maybe they'll add Canadian Bacon to the race in honor of Orr.
"It was pretty funny," Orr said. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt."
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