Phillies fans cheered Jimmy Rollins enthusiastically last night in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
What a bunch of front-runners, huh?
Relax, folks. It's just a joke.
They finally had reason to cheer. Rollins, who was hitting .087 in his previous 11 games, went 3 for 3 with a double, triple, two RBIs and a run scored. He also walked and reached base in the first inning when Chad Billingsley hit him with a pitch. Five plate appearances. Five times on base. That is a recipe for success for the Phillies offense. If Rollins can bottle last night and carry it into the season's remaining 31 games they should like their chances in the National League East, where the Mets maintain their half-game lead over the Phillies.
"Last year's dead and gone," Charlie Manuel said about last season's comeback against the Mets. "Today's what counts."
Brett Myers threw seven shutout innings and has thrown a career-high 16 consecutive shutout innings. He is 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA (nine earned runs in 48 2/3 innings) since his four-start stint in the minors. Only four pitchers have had better ERAs since the all-star break: CC Sabathia (6-0, 1.41 ERA), Randy Johnson (4-2, 1.52), Brandon Webb (6-0, 1.53) and Rich Harden (4-1, 1.65 ERA).
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The Phillies (72-59) are a season-high 13 games over .500 for the third time this season. ... The Phillies swept the Dodgers in a four-game series for the first time since Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 1985 at Dodger Stadium. It's the first time the Phillies have ever swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at home. ... It was the first time the Phillies have shutout the Dodgers since May 20, 2004, when Myers threw a shutout at Citizens Bank Park. ... Jayson Werth set a career-high with 80 hits.