In the 5th inning of Tuesday’s Phillies – Reds matchup, Jimmy Rollins doubled for what on any other day would have been just another hit. But this particular hit marked the 2,000th of Rollins’ career making him only the 4th player in team history to reach the milestone. The other 3 players were Mike Schmidt (2,234), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207).
Rollins’ wife Johari and his infant daughter were on hand to witness the event. It was a special moment for Rollins, who will likely be considered the greatest shortstop in Phillies history by the time his career ends. But for now, Rollins says, “It’s great, but 3,000 is better.”
Unfortunately, the moment was slightly marred by a very strange Phillies 2-1 loss in which the umpires once again played a huge role. In the 4th inning, the Phillies had loaded the bases with one out and scored a run on a walk, much to the dismay of Reds pitcher Mat Latos. Latos looked horribly rattled and frustrated, setting up what should have been a huge inning for the Phillies. But just then, horrendous umpiring struck again.
Nate Schierholtz smacked what should have been an RBI-single to center; it was instead called an out even though it was clear to the naked eye, at full speed, that the ball hit the ground before entering the fielder’s glove. A 3-year old could have made the correct call, but not MLB umpires.
The base runners all froze in the confusion and the hit turned into an inning-ending double play instead. The “catch” was one out and the runner caught off 2nd base was the other. Not only did this gigantic blunder cost the Phillies that one run, it probably cost them the game. Because Latos was clearly falling apart and that RBI-single probably would have sent him off the deep end, translating into a big inning for the Phillies.
But that did not even have a chance to play out, thanks to the morons umpiring the game. The Phillies did have other chances to score and failed, but this screw-up really killed their momentum. Those idiots still get their paychecks and go on with their lives as MLB never holds any umpire accountable for blown calls. You know, the usual crap we all have to watch and live with. It is shameful.
The Phillies have one more shot at the Reds early this afternoon. Game time is 12:35pm.
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