On Tuesday night, Jimmy Rollins returned to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers. It appeared to be an emotional day for J-Roll who hugged, laughed and joked with his old teammates before and during the game. The Phillies did a great job paying homage to Rollins throughout the game, with special photos on Phantavision for each of his at-bats and a few short video tributes between innings.
Rollins received a very long and enthusiastic standing ovation before his first plate appearance; he led off the game for the Dodgers. J-Roll tipped his cap to the fans and even gestured to the Phillies dugout before stepping in the box.
The fanfare was short-lived as Rollins struck out, but he even received a few cheers as he headed back to the dugout. Rollins wound up going 2 for 5 in the game with 2 strikeouts.
It was a hard fought game for the Phillies who struggled to stay in it behind a very shaky Jerome Williams. Williams had a lot of trouble, allowing 7 hits and 3 walks in only 5 innings. But in the end, he only allowed 1 run, which was sort of a miracle based on how he pitched.
The Phillies went into the 7th inning with a 1-1 tie and then, the youth movement took over after a Carlos Ruiz single. Caesar Hernandez was walked intentionally and then Odubel Herrera drew his own walk. With the bases loaded, Maikel Franco got his first hit of the year with the bases loaded; it was a grand slam home run that put the Phillies in the lead.
The final score was 6-2, which means the Phillies have now won 13 of the last 16 games since the All-Star break, which is pretty amazing for the worst team in baseball. But they may not be the worst for long; with 43 wins, the Marlins are only 1 game better than the Phillies. Can I hear a cheer for second-worst? It is good to have goals 😉
Here is the Photo Album from the game.
And I will leave you with one final, very strange photo. It is a weird sight for sure: