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Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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Phils give 100 reasons to love them

The switch has been flipped.

Many thought the eight-game skid was something to worry about. The logical ones knew there was a switch somewhere to be turned on.

It appears the Phillies have find this switch and have hopefully locked it in the “on” position.

With a 4-2 win in Atlanta, the Phillies earned themselves their 100th win of the season, a number Mr. Jimmy Rollins himself said the Phillies would hit. And why not 11 more, Mr. Rollins?

It was the 3rd time in franchise history the Phils hit the 100-win mark. And with one more win, the Phils will tie that franchise record of 101 wins with a shot at 102 with a series sweep of the Braves.

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Chipper Jones’ solo homer in the 1st and Alex Gonzalez’s RBI double in the 2nd. But Lee took command of the game, shutting down the Braves in his six innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six.

The Phils answered back with an RBI single by Placido Polanco and a solo homer by Rollins to tie the game 2-2. Raul Ibanez put the Phils ahead for good with RBI singles in the 6th and 8th to give the Phils a 4-2 win.

2B: Victorino (27). 3B: Victorino (16)). HR: Rollins (15).

WP: Lee (17-8). LP: Martinez (1-3). S: Madson (32).

Uggla Outscores Phils, 3-2

A frustrated Roy Halladay sits in the dug out inbetween innings of the Phils 3-2 loss in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

And the struggles against the Braves continue…

Dan Uggla’s line drive home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth broke the 2-2 tie and gave the Braves the 3-2 win on Civil Rights Day. The Phillies have now lost the last two series against the Braves and trail th season series, 5-4.

Both teams wore 1974 retro jerseys to honor Hank Aaron’s record breaking 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth. While Roy Halladay looked great in the powder blue jersey, he looked even better on the mound, scattering eight hits in eight innings pitched and allowing just three runs.

However, Halladay ran into some bad luck today and took the complete game loss for the second straight game. Read more of this post

Braves power past Phils

The frustration could be felt throughout the entire stadium.

It started with Cole Hamels, then drifted to the offense, found its way to the bull pen and left the fans feeling hung out to dry. Hamels couldn’t catch any breaks and the Braves used three homers to take the rubber match, 5-2, and beat the Phils Sunday night.

Hamels was good despite the two mistakes he left over the plate. The first was from Alex Gonzalez, who hit a two-run homer off Hamels in the 2nd. But the lefty appeared to shake it off, mowing through Atlanta’s line up until he was taken yard again, this time by Freddie Freeman in the 5th.

Hamels’ night, though it will be, should not be defined by those two bad pitches. He finished after seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, one walk and striking out nine. Read more of this post

K-ole Hearted.

A super ball couldn’t bounce back better than Cole Hamels did today.

The left-hander, who was rocked for six runs his first start, dominated the Braves in Atlanta, leading the Phils to a 3-0 win in the rubber match.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels bounced back from a rough outing against New York last week with seven shut out innings against the Braves on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His location was pin-point and his curve was looking very good, something he’s worked on the past year.

In Hamels’ last inning, he allowed back-to-back two-out singles to Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez. But Rich Dubee came out to the mound and talked to Hamels, who followed the meeting up with a first-pitch ground ball out to rookie Freddie Freeman, taking advantage of an over-eager rookie.

Shane Victorino continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. He has a hit in nine of his last 11 at-bats.

The Phils got a run in the fourth inning. With Victorino on third and Placido Polanco on first and no outs, Jimmy Rollins hit into a double play that got Victorino home safely. The centerfielder then homered in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Rollins led off the top of the ninth with a double and got to third on the the misplay by Heyward in right field and scored on a Ryan Howard ground out to make it 3-0.

2B: Rollins (3). HR: Victorino (1).

WP: Hamels (1-1). LP: Lowe (1-1). S: Contreras (2).


Power behind the plate

The Phillies are set behind the plate, that’s a given.

Brian Schneider and Carlos Ruiz each homers and drove in a combined seven runs to give the Phillies the 10-2 win over Atlanta.

Schneider homered in the top of the fourth, a two-run shot of Braves starter Brandon Beachy to give the Phils the 3-2 lead. Ruiz, who came in on the double switch, hit his first career grand slam to give the Phils a commanding 7-2 lead. It was also Chooch’s first career pinch-hit homer.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz doubles in a run in the eighth inning. He had five RBIs on the night including a grand slam in the seventh. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ruiz then drove in a run on a double an inning later. The rest of the team doubles the Braves to death. Shane Victorino had four hits with two being doubles and Jimmy Rollins had two as well. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard one each.

John Mayberry had his fourth pinch-hit of the season only eight games in. Last season, Greg Dobbs had six on the whole season.

Phils starter Roy Oswalt finally got his first win against the Braves in his career. He allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and two walks while striking out two in six innings.

The Braves took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Freddie Freeman hit a single to right fielder Ben Francisco. The ball scooted under his glove, scoring in Alex Gonzalez and Freeman himself in a little league-type play. But that was all the Braves would muster.

2B: Victorino 2 (2), Rollins 2 (2), Ibanez (2), Howard (4), Ruiz (2). HR: Schneider (1), Ruiz (1).

WP: Oswalt (2-0). LP: Beachy (1-1).


Long Ball Buries Phils

The long ball wasn’t kind to Cole Hamels today.  Toronto touched up Hamels for three home runs in this afternoon’s contest, as the Phillies fell to the Blue Jays 5-1.  The loss snapped the Phillies’ four-game winning streak.

Hamels only went four innings allowing five runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking three.  Hamels gave up three home runs throughout the afternoon to  John Buck, Aaron Hill, and Alex Gonzalez.  They accounted for all five of Toronto’s runs which raised Hamels’ ERA to 4.08 on the season.

The Phillies offense only managed five hits off of  Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum. Marcum pitched six solid innings to shut down the Phillies.  The only blemish on his record was a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the 6th inning.  Chase Utley also continued his hot streak, going two-for-four in the ballgame.

Hamels wasn’t at his best today, but he didn’t receive much run support either.  Hamels really has had a strong season so far.  As of late, the lefty has been consistently good for the Phillies, finally snapping his 10-start streak of allowing three or fewer earned runs.

Placido Polanco was scratched from today’s lineup due to elbow discomfort.  Polanco missed six games earlier this season after he was hit by a pitch on April 28th against the Atlanta Braves.  This move is just being cautious on the Phillies’ part.  They need to make sure Polanco is as healthy as possible going down the stretch.

Doubles: Gload (3).

WP: Marcum (7-3). LP: Hamels (6-6).