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Rollins comes up clutch, Phillies win 5-3

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, May 11, 2011 10:46 PM | Comments: 24
2011 Game Recaps, Posts

Richie Ashburn Award: Jimmy Rollins

Oh Jimmy.  Last night he commits the dagger, I mean error, that cost the Phillies the game.  A game in which Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson battled it out.  Tonight, a different story.

Jimmy Rollins had one hit in five at bats tonight.  He struck out once and left four runners on base.  His batting average dipped a couple specs of a point.  None of that matters now.  Rollins came up big in the ninth inning tonight roping a two run single to right field off Marlins closer Leo Nunez to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead.

That lead would hold to give the Phils a victory when anything but seemed it was going to happen.  Cliff Lee had been struggling through low run support for his past three starts.  The Phillies had only provided one run of support in his last three starts.  This game seemed to be the same story from the beginning.

Hanley Ramirez jumped on Lee early in the first inning hitting a home run to put the Marlins out in front 1-0.  Lee cruised through the next five innings until he ran into trouble in the seventh.  The Marlins hit four straight one out singles and scored twice in the inning and Lee failed to record an out.

J.C. Romero came in to pick up the pieces and got out of the inning with no more damage being done.  Kyle Kendrick worked a scoreless eighth (I know, I was surprised too) and picked up the win.   Ryan Madson converted his fifth save in as many chances in the ninth.  His ERA is now at 0.60.  He has allowed only one run in 15 innings of work.

Heading into the eighth inning the Phillies were trailing 3-2.  Up to this point in the season, the Phillies were 1-10 when trailing heading into the eighth inning.  Shane Victorino hit a game tying home run off reliever Mike Dunn.  It was his sixth home run of the season and he extended his hit streak to 14 games.

Pete Orr had two doubles on the night after coming into the game in the seventh inning.  Nice move Charlie.  Brian Schneider left the game with what looked like a hamstring injury pulling up lame rounding third base in the fifth inning.  This could prove costly for the Phillies who already have starting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list with lower back tenderness.

Worth noting: Believe it or not, Kyle Kendrick’s ERA is 1.42.  He picked up the win tonight and is 3-2 on the season.  Also, Joe Blanton threw a bullpen session before the game and says his elbow is still not 100% but is still on track to make his next start against the Braves this weekend.

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  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    Regarding the catching situation, isn’t Chooch supposedly going to be good to go this weekend anyway? I mean, i definitely don’t want to see Schneider in any kind of DL situation, as he’s a decent enough back-up, but at least if we’re finally getting Ruiz back it won’t feel as if the sky is falling.

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    Oh, and also, great come from behind tonight. It was funny too, because the radio guys were talking about how little the Phils have scored against relievers so far this season, and then bam, they do most of their damage against them.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Another reason why wins are unimportant. Kyle Kendrick wasn’t very good and got the W. Just weird.

    But good to see the Phils show some signs of life late in a game.

     
    • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

      LOL
      You are serious? Someone said wins are unimportant and meant it.
      Talk about weird.
      Stop and think about that.

      Id say in the grand scheme of baseball and keeping track of records one might say they are the only stat that really matters.

       
      • Posts: 0 Everybody Loves Chooch

        I believe he was referring to a pitcher’s win/loss record, not a team’s overall win/loss record. Clearly, a team’s win/loss record matters.

         
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I understand Jimmy got the go ahead hit but no way was the hero of this game. Pete Orr was the man. Replaced Valdez who should not be in AAA let alone a major league uniform. Orr crushed that second hit and lined one down in the corner. He is your MVP

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Yeah probably right Jeff. Pete Orr finally showing up, showing that the bottom of the order can hit a little bit.

    WIlson Valdez has just been awful.

     
  • Posts: 0 Vic

    Lee completed the sixth inning and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. Romero started the seventh and finished it 1-2-3.

     
    • Posts: 0 Brian H

      Nice to see someone else besides me actually watched the game.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Nice come from behind win.
    But wins are unimportant

    Maybe MLB will go the tee-ball route and not keep score anymore. And get rid of that meaningless wins and loss record. Why bother

    Just having some fun Pat. I get your point. Wins is very subject to anamolies and being canabalized. For a closer a win is bad. It means probably blew a save and team came back for them and scored giving them a win.

    But they are very important. I usually include Nolan Ryan in my top 10 pitchers list. But people can bring up that he was only .526 and it is valid. Over a career a SPs winning pct is very important.

    Last year when Hernandez won the CY with a 13-12 record it was for a terrible last place team. And believe me if hes 12-13 he doesnt win the award.
    He had a .520 winning pct on a team that played .377 ball.

    A very valid and good measuring stick for a SP is his winning percentage over his career vs the winning percentage of the teams he plays for.
    For a RP it may be unimportant but not for a starter.

     
  • Posts: 523 Bruce

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    A nice come from behind win for Phillies. Those kind of wins gives a lot of satisfaction to fans and team alike. It’s also gratifying to see the top of batting order doing so well. Rollins (on base in every game except two so far) and Victorino (14 game hitting streak) have provided a spark to the team’s offense. For a change, Orr came through tonight with a pair of clutch doubles after Manuel brought him in the latter of the game.

    It amuses me that when Valdez went into a hitting slump, those same ‘fans’ who went Ga Ga over him with lavish praise as if he could do no wrong are now willing to pay his fare for a bus trip to the minors. Ahh..h the fickle finger of fate. (chuckles)

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    This is a great win an important one in the young season. It showed that we can come from behind. Its important in a few other ways an it was a great win. We need another catcher i hate to see us go with Sardine as the back up. The bullpen was the unmentioned hero as well. Could you imagine if they put Herndon/Baez in an they gave up a few runs.Shane has been hot lately I wonder where that Dipsy dude is at…

     
    • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

      Re: the pen

      I was going to amend what I said earlier. about wins being unimportant for RP. They are important. If KK doesnt get that double play and get out of that situation I dont think the Phillies win the game. So he did indeed earn the win and it is important.
      Herndon has thankfully been optioned. I doubt he is to ever return.

      The site isnt the same when Dipsy isnt posting.

       
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Andrew is like a dog with a bone…..when he gets hold of something he just doesn’t let it go, but rather repeats it OVER AND OVER..

    last season with the “0 rbis” …. and now this season with the “wins are unimportant”

    Wins ARE important….FOR THE TEAM. The point Pat was making is that the W-L stat for pitchers is overrated and the fact that Kendrick got the win last night is sort of a joke. He got into trouble and got out of it but he didn’t pitch all that great. He got the ground ball when he needed it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    A. Pete Orr is fast as hell

    2. I think last night shows that Rollins (despite his low RBI total) can still hack it in this league for another few years … his error the other night was far from the norm for him … he still plays great defense at a prime position, and while he isn’t the explosive MVP from a few years ago.. he’s still an above average player in MLB

     
  • Posts: 4 BrianC

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    Valdez is in AAA when Utley comes back. Orr has played himself onto the team when Utley returns with his defense, speed on the bases and ability to get on base.

    This leaves a decision when they free Dom Brown (which needs to happen soon). When they bring him up, they need to plant him in right field and let him play himself into the big leagues – not platoon, toy with his swing, or split time with sub-par corner outfielders. The guy is talented and athletic enough to figure out the holes in his swing. So, who gets sent down? They need to keep Mayberry on the roster and give him a legitimate shot and he is the only RH power on the team. I think Martinez is the odd man out.

     
  • Posts: 953 betasigmadeltashag

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    First I want to agree that Orr deserves the Ashburn award for last night. And really stil the love fest for Brown. The Phillies do not need him and he will not be called up to play full time, maybe Platoon because he will not adjust to major league pitching and elimitninate some of the holes in his swing. I know the guy has talent, but this is not the Pirates you do not throw a guy out there to sink or swim and maybe be lost to for good. Chase will be back in 17 days or less and Valdez will probably be sent down Martinez can not go anywhere rule 5 and all. And I do not see Mayberry or Fransico going anywhere. So until the rosters expand you will see Dom Brown in AAA baring injury. Ben will be ok just a little slump for guy can we not have any patience. I also think Wilson is just pressing too much because he now is expected to do more then he is able to do this does not take away from his defense and flexability and what he did for this team last year

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think a lot of the Brown stuff depends on Utley . . . if Utley can come back and be a productive #3 hitter . . . that eases the pressure on BenFran/Ibanez to produce from the 5-6 . . . That said, it might also be a great time to insert Brown full time if the rest of the lineup is clicking, and we aren’t relying on him to save our offense.

    Brown should definitely be up before September…. I think they kept Martinez as a just-because.. but its not like he’s doing anything on the bench, he can be offered back to the Nats -who would also need to keep him on their MLB roster …not sure why they would. He would then get offered back to us, and we can place him in AAA (I think???) Valdez can play SS and 3b too, so I don’t think he goes anywhere

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    First I disagree about Brown. He needs to be brought up. Mayberry and Fran are not everyday players. Also not very good in the field. Brown can put some youth into a older team. Thats what they need. Also why bad Jimmy and Shane at the top if you are not going to let them steal. They do not even try. Thats what they need to get some runs going. I love Lee but he does make me nervous. He leaves that fastball over the plate. He is very hittable at times. Doc is not. I know everyone hate that switch last season but Doc is the greatest pitcher in the past 10 years. When Utley comes back watch out. He will add so much to this lineup. I miss that guy. After naming my son Chase who is 1 now, I think I jinxed him in the past year. We are ready for you Mr. Chase You are the Man Utley. Lets get him back to number 3 and push shane to number 6

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    I agree that Wison Valdez is — at best — a utility player. He just is largely ineffective at the plate. Pete Orr is better all around. Ben Francisco, in my opinion, is a fourth outfielder. Mayberry, if he makes more contact, is a better fit because he is a better fielder. Note, that I said “IF HE MAKES CONTACT AT THE PLATE.” It will be very revealing — and hopefully very positive — when Dom Brown and Chase Utley return to the lineup.

    Great come-from-behind win last night. Always great to win a series against the Marlins or Braves.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Andrew is like a pit bull when he sinks his teeth into an issue. Just part of his charm,

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Valdez is a fine utility player. When he plays every day, his offense is really exposed — lack of power and a strong proclivity to hit into double plays. If he trims that goatee up a little, I say let him stay in the majors, but really, that goatee does not look good at all. I wonder who goes down to the minors…….Michael Martinez?

     
  • Posts: 0 Allan Smithee

    re: Oh Jimmy. Last night he commits the dagger, I mean error, that cost the Phillies the game.

    The most recent post is: Blanton, and Worley, and Trades, Oh …

    Nothing about last night’s comeback victory over the Marlins? C’mon, How about some Phillies’ Props?

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Allan, people only react to the bad, not the good. It’s just how Philly rolls I guess.

       
 
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