Jimmy Rollins etched his name in the Philadelphia Phillies history book and everyone else celebrated by knocking Edwin jackson around like a hockey puck as the Phillies blew out the Cubs 7-3 at Citizens Bank Ballpark Saturday afternoon. The Phillies jumped on Jackson early with a Chase Utley homer in the 1st. Mike Olt would come back in the 2nd with a homer of his own to even the Score. But the Phillies just kept coming in the 2nd inning. Carlos Ruiz And Ben Revere with big RBI knocks and before you knew it the balloon was bereft of H2O. More solo homers by Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena did what they could. But when Jimmy Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Mike Schmidt as the all time Phillies hit leader, it cascaded into a Dominic Brown 3 run home run and that was your ball game. Let's go boo Sanata Claus...
MAMA, I SMOKED THE COLOR TV
Edwin Jackson did not have much to say today.4.2 innings, 8 hits, seven runs (Six earned) two walks while striking out two. Just a bad day. Villanueva and Everyday Jimmy with a yeoman's 2 innings of work to finish the game.
Luis Valbuena continues his hot play. 2 for 4 again with another home run. Moody is right. I'm totally sleeping on this guy's power. I think utility player and I look at his size. Bt his swim is so compact and his legs generate great force, it's no wonder he hits the gaps as often as he does. Of course, he keeps this up he'll be a Blue Jay or a Giant….
CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES
WHile this is a Cub-centric blog we do like to acknowledge things that happen around the league. And it was pretty cool to see Mike Schmidt come out and get the bat and shake Jimmy Rollins hand right after Rollins had just broken his record. The rest of the Phillies then came out and congratulated Rollins, who was clearly touched by the gesture. Sometimes Baseball can just be cool. That was cool.
So another trip over our own feet. It would be nice if Jackson could get his act together, but there's no impetus or drive to do that right now. And if…..err…..when Samardzija and Hammel are traded, Cubs are gonna need more starting pitchers, which means EJax will have less incentive to get out of his malaise. But the Cubs can't solo homer teams into submission either. Anyway, Rubber game tomorrow. Good pitching matchup as AJ Burnett takes on Travis Wood. Until then, Onwards.