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Phils Strike in Seventh, Beat Reds 8-3

The Reds put two on the board against Cliff Lee in the first but the Phils fired back with back-to-back homers from Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves in their half to knot the game at two. After a Chase Utley ground out RBI in the fifth and a Marlon Byrd solo homer in the sixth, the Phils put up a four spot in the seventh with an RBI single from Byrd and three-run homer from Cody Asche to put the Phils ahead 8-2. The Reds added an unearned run in the eighth off Mike Adams but would fall to the Phils 8-3.

Rollins Closing in on History

With his 1-2, 2 BB, 2 run, 1 RBI day, J-Rol is now 11th all-time in homers, 17th in runs, and 34th in RBI among shortstops, in addition to being tied for 10th in steals, 27th in hits, 8th in doubles, and 14th in triples. Rollins is in a really meaty part of the record books in the counting stats and should make substantial jumps within the next few months. Is J-Rol a Hall of Famer? He has put himself among them.

Speaking of having a place among Hall of Famers, J-Rol is now just 21 hits behind Mike Schmidt for first place all-time in club history. Rollins tied Ed Delahanty for third place and when Rollins gets his fourth-next hit, he will tie Richie Ashburn for second place. With his homer, J-Rol moved into a tie for ninth place with Dick Allen.

Asche is On Fire

In 14 games in the month of May, Cody Asche has 3 HR and is hitting .333 with a .418 OBP and 5 2B. After hitting .200/.284/.300 in April, Asche is rewarding manager Ryne Sandberg for his patience. A lot has been made of Asche being a historically slow starter: as his numbers are baring out this year, there may be some merit to that.

Lee Bends, Doesn’t Break

Lee went 6 and 2/3 for the Phils, giving up 9 hits and walking a batter while striking out only 3. While it wasn’t vintage Cliff Lee, and is nothing compared to Cole Hamels‘ last two outings, Lee pitched solid enough for the Phillies to give them their second win in a row to stay within 3.5 games of the first place Braves and Nats.



  1. Manny

    May 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

    You’re in big trouble PN if we lose our next game… :p

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    May 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

    It is nice to see PN back to work but missing 2 game days in a row is pretty disappointing. If you ever need someone to write up a game day post shot me an e mail I’m sure it would be a little on the glass half full for some posters on here but I’ll do it
    To the game a good offensive game 8 runs on 10 hits is nice to see. Is Cody Asche going to have a Dom Brown 2013 month.
    And think Byrd is going to have a above average year. Bull pen did well again tonight they look good with 5 run lead.

  3. Hogey's Role

    May 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Asche has been looking pretty good lately, good for the kid, hopefully brown can pick things up and we can get on a roll here, the division is up for grabs as no team is running away with it yet….. Let’s go phils!!!

    • TimC

      May 19, 2014 at 9:48 am

      If the Phillies are going to compete this year, this is the time to strike. A 3 game set at Miami to knock off one division rival, then 9 straight home games against LAD, COL, and NYM (another division rival). Over those 12 games, I’d like a bull-ish 10-2 record to firmly put us over the .500 mark for good, and to make a statement that we are here to play.

  4. rellis

    May 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What? No snide comments about Cole Hamels’ 100th career win on Saturday from Corey Seidman? As a matter of fact, no mention at all on this site. They sure don’t miss a post when Cole doesn’t pitch well.

    • George

      May 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      How about a little slack here? It should be obvious by now that PN writers aren’t paid. If they have other commitments like family, jobs, etc. they have to do that first. Thus the lack of a writeup for a couple of days.

      I haven’t read anything by Mr Seidman that has singled out Cole Hamels in particular. He hands out praise or criticism to Hamels the same as he does with any other player on the team. And he doesn’t jump to conclusions, but tries to back up his statements with statistics. You’re free to disagree with his (or anybody else’s) conclusions, of course, but your perceptions are not concrete, factual, evidence. Come back when you can actually list totals for negative Hamels posts vs. positive Hamels posts.

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