Rollins Walks It Off in 10, Phillies Win 5-4

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, April 12, 2014 10:38 PM | Comments: 10
2014 Game Recaps

The Marlins out-hit the Phillies 13-9 but the Phillies outscored the Fish 5-4 to win their second straight on a 10th inning, walk-off homer from J-Rol.

Pettibone Returns

Jonathan Pettibone returned to the Phillies after a short stay in Lehigh Valley. Pettibone struck out 5 in 5 IP, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned. A scary moment happened late in Pettibone’s outing when he was hit in the leg with a comebacker. Pettibone stayed in the game and his only mistake, really, was serving up a bomb to Giancarlo Stanton.

Top of the Line-Up Shines

The top three of the Phillies line-up, Tony Gwynn Jr., Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, went a combined 7-14, 5 runs, and 4 RBIs, all sporting at least two hits. Rollins started the party in the first with an RBI single, scoring Gwynn. Rollins came home on an RBI double by Utley. Utley would drive home Gwynn in the fourth with another double. Utley would be driven home on a Ryan Howard single. Rollins walked it off in the the 10th, hitting a Dan Jenning’s pitch over the left field fence to win it.

Stanton Shows Off Power

Giancarlo Stanton left Citizens Bank Park twice tonight with one of the longest and one of the fastest-leaving homers in the history of the ballpark. Stanton’s first shot, a solo homer, went 476 feet while his second homer, a two-run shot, reached the seats in a flash. Stanton now has 119 homers in 501 games, or one in every 4.21 games. Over 162 games, that’s 39 dingers a year. Not bad for a guy who just turned 24.

Defense… Ugh.

The Phillies can’t seem to go a game without making an error this year, can they? Howard missed a throw from Rollins in the fourth, the Phillies’ 11th in 12 games. Heading into the game, the Phils had a better fielding percentage than only the Marlins. If my scratch math is correct, and barring any errors from the teams close to the Phils (the Dodgers, Cardinals), the Fightins may end the night with the lowest fielding percentage in the NL.

Hollands – A Hidden Gem?

With the game tied 4-4 in the seventh and the tide headed the Marlins’ way, rookie Mario Hollands was tasked with slowing their momentum. Hollands came in, allowed just one hit, and pitched another clean inning. Hollands has lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 5.1 IP. Obviously a very small sample, but since being thrown straight into the fire in the second game of the season, Hollands has responded with five straight scoreless innings.

The rest of the bullpen was a mixed bag – Bastardo pitched a scoreless eighth, surrendering only a walk while Justin De Fratus allowed two earned off the bat of Stanton. Jonathan Papelbon teetered in the ninth, issuing a base hit and a walk but ultimately pitched a scoreless inning. B.J. Rosenberg extended the game with an excellent tenth, sawing off Adeiny Hechavarria after a sequence of a 95 MPH fastball, a 78 MPH slider, and a 93 MPH fastball and ending the inning by striking out Christian Yelichearning the win.

The Phils will look for the sweep tomorrow as Kyle Kendrick takes the hill against Henderson Alvarez.

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  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Pretty good first outing by Pettibone coming back from the injury. I guess all the worry about Utley and Rollins in spring training was much to do about nothing. Rollins has come up with some big hits and Utley has just been spectacular. Howard is still struggling both offensively and defensively. I think the Phillies need to give him the day off tomorrow.

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I agree with DavidE – a solid performance by Pettibone.
    As long as the Man, JRoll, and the others continue hitting well, our starting pitchers heal and KK vanquishes evil Kyle. And the bullpen settles down, this could be a fun year and a competitive one. Howard has been disastrous at first. For someone who came into the season healed and lighter, he seems more immobile than ever. Only plus for him is he has been taking walks….when he isn’t striking out. Lol. Great, exciting win. Thanks JRoll and company.

    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      I read your post twice, Ed. First time, the as long as felt like about 15 things needed. to make it a fun year. I kept wondering if I’d get to the end of the list. In reality, it was only 4. But it covered offense, pitching, the pen. Not much left. And it is indeed a longer list than we’d like.

      I don’t agree that Howard has looked disasterous at first. But I’m privy to the fact that the first baseman is Wes Covington reincarnated. And while I don’t know first hand if reincarnation is legal, I am certain RyHo is playing the position more than exactly as The Kingfish would have, given the opportunity.

      I can’t promise this link will work, but Gelb has a detailed piece in today’s Philly.com on RyHo’s defensive struggles. Pretty tough situation. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember his dominant presence, although obviously, that was at the plate. I hate that shift. It’s smart, but it kills ya watching it.


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Like I said since day one.

    Locking up Rollins long term was the ke to turning it around.

    • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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      Thanks for the morning laugh Andrew. Almost spilled my coffee.

    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      “Like I said since day one. Locking up Rollins long term was the key to turning it around.”

      Some of us are behind you 100%, officer. I know you share my disbelief that the day was topped not by an extension for Ruben, but rather John Mozeliak. Anybody could run the Cardinals. Rube’s saavy strategies, like Jimmy extending reflect his unique insight. It is a commendable trait that you have spotted this quality, leaving the masses in the dust as they somehow have this notion that Rube is a boob.

      Jimmy! Jimmy!

      Hope the club can do what they couldn’t a week ago. Every one of these damned wins feels like pulling teeth. Maybe somewhere along the line Cliff or Cole will start a game that there’s little doubt they will win. But, at least they’ve won a few so far.

  • Posts: 0 crow

    Granted, Howard should have caught that throw to first, but Rollins made it a needlessly hard catch. That was a routine play with plenty of time to make a spot-on throw.

  • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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    That was a fun game to watch. The Stanton bomb reminded me of Gattis last year. I thought maybe Jimmy celebrated just a little early, but I guess he knew he got enough of it. He has been a different hitter this season all the way back to ST. I’ve noticed he has shortened the swing a little, and even last night on the game winner, doesn’t appear to be swinging as hard or wildly.

    Chase Utley is in another Universe right now, obviously not sustainable, but hopefully in for a really good year.

    Defensively, on the successful replay challenge I thought he made a really great play on the shortstop side of second base.

    Gwynn looks pretty good, certainly a capable back up, and as Ian said above, Hollands is pitching quite well.

    This is probably not more than a .500 team when it all comes down, but they’ve been an entertaining .500 team so far IMO.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Nice game, My first for the year. Attendance WAY down and there is still hope. Can’t imagine what it will be later in the year.
    Tone of crowd has also changed. Virtually no one applauds for Howard anymore. Not much booing yet but sort of a resignation about him.
    Does Sandberg have a problem with Asche?

    • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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      Good question Bob. I was wondering about that as well. Who knows, maybe there is something about the kid that he either doesn’t like, or just doesn’t trust?

      Or maybe he’s just trying to show Asche that things don’t come easy in this league, maybe he’s just trying to make Asche realize that he’s got more to give, and Sandberg wants all of it. There’s no better “coaches tool” than cutting playing time when trying to motivate.

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