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Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Scott Rolen in his days with the Phillies. (AP Photo)

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia.

Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002.

For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would boo their once-lauded All-Star, Gold-Glove third baseman, yell obscenities at him and watch him go on to hav a successful career without Philadelphia. Why? Because they were hurt.

But maybe the fans were booing the wrong guy.

Rolen turned down a massive contract extension during the 2002 season, saying that it wasn’t money but the Phillies front office didn’t have an aggressive approach to building a winning team.

Fans got scared that the best position player in their team history since Mike Schmidt, another third baseman, was about to jump ship for greener pastures.

And it happened.

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2012 NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants

St. Louis: 88-74; 2nd in NL Central (2nd Wild Card)
San Francisco: 9468-74; 1st in NL West

Game 1: Oct. 14, 8:00 – (Lance Lynn vs Madison Bumgarner)
Game 2: Oct. 15, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Ryan Vogelson)
Game 3: Oct. 17, 4:00 PM – (Adam Wainwright vs Matt Cain)
Game 4: Oct. 18, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs TBA)
Game 5*: Oct. 19, 8:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 21, 4:30 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 22, 8:00 PM



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Pierre Legs Out Infield Single For 11th Inning Walk Off Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre celebrates beating out an infield single in the 11th inning that drove home Jimmy Rollins to win the game for the Phillies, 7-8, against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
WP – Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13)
LP – Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24)

PHILADELPHIA — “You can’t teach speed” was the call by Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

Juan Pierre used his speed to leg out an infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win. It capped a four unanswered runs as the Phillies overcame a 7-4 deficit created in the 8th.

Jon Jay’s two-run double broke the 4-4 tie in the 8th inning, and it was followed up by an RBI from Matt Carpenter to make it 7-4. But like most of the game, when the Cardinals did something, the Phillies repsonded.

It was Erik Kratz who hit a three-run homer to tie the game up, 7-7, eventually sending it to extra innings. That enabled Pierre’s walk-off infield single in the 11th to win the game for the Phillies.

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Westbrook Deals Phillies a Losing Hand

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)
LP – Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85)
SV – Jason Motte (26)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies manufactured an early first inning run, a good start for Cliff Lee.

In fact, Lee was dealing a spectacular outing against the Cards, having retired 12 straight batters through innings 2-5. But one swing from Matt Holliday changed that in the 6th and it was all Jake Westbrook and St. Louis needed in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Lee was absolutely on his best stuff through the first five innings. It changed in the blink of an eye, though.

Jon Jay led off the 6th with a single and Allen Craig followed it up with a double to put runners on second and third. Holliday then took Lee’s 1-2 fastball deep for a three-run homer to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Westbrook coasted the rest of the way with the lead, shutting the Phillies down through 7 2/3 innings. He gave up only one run, an RBI on a Ryan Howard ground out, on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

2B: Frandsen (1).


Utley’s 8th Inning Homer Backs Masterful Outing By Halladay

Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
WP – Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80)
LP – Barret Browning (0-1, 4.11)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (25)

PHILADELPHIA — A bit of small ball and long ball propelled the Phillies past the Cardinals in the 8th inning.

Juan Pierre laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Jimmy Rollins over to third for the first out. The bunt set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Chase Utley.

Utley was able to put the ball in the air, but instead of landing in an outfielder’s glove it landed in the back part of the Phillies bullpen to give them a 3-1 lead in and the win.

It was Utley’s eighth homer of the season as well his 196th in his career. It moved him to ninth overall in Phillies history, passing Bobby Abreu on the list.

The main story of the game belonged to Roy Halladay. Doc, who has been the hot topic as of late in regards to shutting down the 35-year-old ace, was absolutely stellar for his sixth win of the season.

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Series Preview: vs St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 51-60, 5th in NL East; STL: 61-51, 3rd in NL Central

When: August 10-12
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) vs Kyle Lohse (12-2, 2.79)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.78) vs Jake Westbrook (11-8, 3.76)
Sunday: Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83) vs Laynce Lynn (13-5, 3.52)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Halladay Injured; Exits Early In Loss

Cardinals 8, Phillies 3
WP – Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98)

ST. LOUIS — After Roy Halladay gave up a two-out grand slam to Yadier Molina in the 1st inning, something had to be wrong with the two-time Cy Young award winner.

In fact there was. Halladay left after pitching only two inning with right shoulder soreness and the Phillies lost to the Cardinals, 8-3. Halladay will have the shoulder evaluated in a couple days.

Molina’s grandslam and Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer off Joe Savery in the 5th inning put the Phillies away on Memorial Day.

2B: Ruiz (11), Rollins (7), Pence (8), Galvis (13)


Game 48: Kiss and Make Up

ST. LOUIS — By now everyone has probably heard about the spat in the dugout between Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee and centerfielder Shane Victorino.

In the top of the 5th inning, both Victorino and Lee were seen having a heated discussion in the dugout [video] a half-inning after Victorino lost a fly ball off the bat of David Freese in the lights at Busch Stadium last night.

After the ball bounced off the centerfield wall, Victorino watch the ball bounce towards the infield to let leftfielder Juan Pierre play it and throw it back into the field of play. Freese wound up on 3rd with a triple and proceeded to score on the next play to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

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Pence’s 10th-Inning Blast Wins It For Phils

Two catchers, Yadier Molina (right) of the Cardinals and Carlos Ruiz collide at the plate in the 8th. Molina was out thanks to a throw by Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (2-0, 0.00)
LP – Jason Motte (3-2, 2.70)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (14)

ST. LOUIS — Chasing that first win for Cliff Lee will have to wait another day.

But more importantly, the Phillies as a team got the win and that is what matters most. Hunter Pence’s two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Phillies their third straight win, a 5-3 extra-innings victory that put them back over .500.

Juan Pierre singled to lead off the top of the 10th inning. Pence followed it up with a home run to the opposite field, just barely getting over the right field fence.

It was an all-around great effort by the Phillies left-hander. Lee fielded his position well, got two hits at the plate and scattered three runs on eight hits and three walks over seven innings of work, striking out seven.

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Phils Out-Slug Cards

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis scores a run in the Phillies 10-9 win over St. Louis. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Cardinals 9
WP – Raul Valdes (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (13)

ST. LOUIS — The bats came alive for the Phillies in St. Louis and it was much needed.

With the pitchers doing nothing more than throwing batting practice, the Phillies offense needed to be on its best and it was, out-mashing a good Cardinals offense. They beat St. Louis, 10-9, pulling themselves back to .500 on the year.

Pitching wasn’t going to be much of a factor in tonight’s game; well that is if you include the lack of pitching into the equation.

The Phillies jumped all over Jake Westbrook in the first two innings. After giving up a double to Placido Polanco, Westbrook loaded the bases by walking Hunter Pence and hitting Carlos Ruiz with a pitch.

Shane Victorino pushed the first run across on a ground out before Ty Wigginton’s two-run single made it 3-0. Freddy Galvis singled two batters later to make it 4-0.

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