J-Roll Carries The Broom
Maybe every Phillies game should start off with Jimmy Rollins getting hit by a pitch? It’s happened twice this week, including today, and both games ended in victories with tonight completing a series sweep of the Dodgers. However, what was different about tonight’s game was Rollins continuing to get on base – all 5 times he was at bat, to be exact. After going 4 for his last 46 at bats coming into tonight’s game, J-Roll went 3 for 3 tonight with 2 RBI, a walk and the one HBP. He was just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. So, did all those whacks with the ball finally knock some of the talent back out of him? If so, I can think of a few more players we should start tossing balls at… J
With J-Roll back in action, the team was able to take some of the pressure off of Brett Myers whose last game was a complete game shut-out. Myers ran into some nasty jams in this game, even having the bases loaded with Manny Ramirez at bat, and he still managed to escape without giving up a run over the course of 7 innings. He gave up 9 hits, 3 walks and struck out 8 batters. JC Romero pitched the 8th inning and Clay Condrey took the 9th – both walked off the mound without surrendering a run. In fact Ramirez, the big hired gun for the Dodgers, came up empty, going 0 for 4. Phillies pitching held Ramirez to only 2 hits the entire 4 game series, which had a huge impact on the LA offense. They scored a total of 5 runs combined over the course of the series, with tonight’s game being a 5-0 shut-out win for the Phillies.
Pedro Feliz continued his hot streak from last night, going 2 for 4 and scoring a run; Chase Utley also seems to be coming back around – he was 2 for 3 with 2 walks on the night. And Jayson Werth continues to prove that he is an everyday player both with his amazing defense and the bat; he was 1 for 2 with an RBI and also drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs with some very heads-up base running.
The Phillies now trail the Mets by only ½ game and will have the chance to re-take 1st place tomorrow when the two teams face off in Philly. Jamie Moyer will get the ball at 7:05pm. Get your rally caps on people! Go Phillies!
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