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So Much For That…

The Phillies honored one of their own on Monday night, recognizing Jimmy Rollins for setting the new club record for career hits. The team put together a video tribute that included kudos from Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Charles Barkley and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon who was accompanied by the Roots band.

Former teammates Bobby Abreu, Pat Burell, Mike Lieberthal and Marlon Anderson turned out to honor Rollins, some of which were well into their careers when he began his. The Phillies rewarded Rollins and his family with a trip to Italy, and Gucci bag luggage to travel with. It was a very nice ceremony, and a great way to begin the evening.

The same could not be said for the game. After a disappointing end to their seven game trip, the Phillies came home looking to finally take off in 2014. Tonight’s game brought them back down to Earth.

Roberto Hernandez was tonight’s starter, and he turned in a quality start that gave his team a chance to win. He allowed two first inning runs on a double by Casey McGehee. He would not allow another run, finishing with six strikeouts and two runs allowed on just three hits in six innings.

The Phillies outhit the Marlins for most of the game up until the eighth and ninth innings. Cody Asche went three for three, continuing his hot hitting since beginning his rehab at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The rest of the lineup combined for three hits and two walks. That was it. They were shutout for the 10th time at home this season.

The Phillies allowed the Marlins to tack on insurance runs in the ninth inning, basically putting the game out of reach. A poor throw by Chase Utley bounced short to Ryan Howard at first and he was unable to scoop it out. That allowed John Baker to reach safely. Baker then managed to steal second base. I say “managed to” because Baker is not a fast runner. The play seemed to be a botched hit and run, with Baker dead to rights at second. Unfortunately, no one covered second and Rollins was forced to charge in to catch the throw from Carlos Ruiz and prevent it from going into center-field.

The next batter was Ed Lucas, and he would reach on a sacrifice bunt that Antonio Bastardo could not handle. Baker would advance to third on the play. Reed Johnson then hit a short fly-ball to Dom Brown in left field. Brown picked it up but for some reason double clutched and did not throw the ball home. The odds are that Baker would have beat the throw, but there’s no reason why Brown should not have tried to throw him out.

Two errors in the ninth turned into two runs that sent the Phils home. Ryne Sandberg is said to be a coach that’s all about fundamentals. That’s hard to believe with the way this team performs in the field on certain nights. They looked lost and unfocused in that inning, and it played a role in their loss. All of a sudden, after an encouraging road trip, the Phils have lost three in a row and find themselves back in last place, six games behind first place Washington.

A fan sitting in the row in front of me said this was the third game he’s attended this year. The Phillies have scored in none of them. I would ask the real Philadelphia Phillies to please stand up, but it’s possible that they just did.

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