He’s back – Rollins returns in Phils 2-1 win over Indians

By STEVE WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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J-Roll made his return from the DL last night after missing all but eight games this year. With him comes the energy and leadership this team desperately needs. (Photo: Ron Cortes/ Philly.com)

It probably wasn’t the perfect night for Jimmy Rollins at the plate (0-4) in his first game coming back from his second stint on the disabled list, but he looked never happier to be back on the field… again…

You could also say it wasn’t the perfect night at the plate for any of the Phillies batters.  As a team, it was the second straight game where they recorded only 4 hits.  Luckily for them, however, they were playing the Cleveland Indians.

Also luckily for them, they had Jamie “Cy” Moyer on the mound, who toyed with the Tribe all night.  The Phillies scored their two runs in the 1st inning off the bats of Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and they proved to be all Jamie needed.

Moyer (8-6) threw 8 innings of two-hit ball, with one being a solo homerun from Russell Branyan in the top of the 2nd.  J.C. Romero came in to start the 9th, but after putting runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, was replaced by Brad Lidge.  It didn’t look all that pretty, but Lidge was able to strike out Austin Kearns and Jhonny Peralta to end the game and record his 5th save in 6 opportunities.

Ryan Howard had the best night at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-3 with an RBI.  The aforementioned Jimmy Rollins looked comfortable at the plate, despite not getting a hit, and also looked like his old 3-time-Gold-Glove-self  in the field.  In the 2nd, he made a spectacular play on a ground ball up the middle off the bat of Austin Kearns and threw him out at first.

It was the second straight game the Phillies only recorded 4 hits, which is concerning only due to their recent month-long offensive swoon.  However, Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot (7-6) was 7-4 only two weeks ago, with a 3.59 ERA.  And that’s after facing teams like the NY Yankees, Boston, Detroit, Chicago Whitesox, and Toronto.  So even though the Phillies nation may have scoffed at the idea of only getting 4 hits of a guy name Mitch Talbot, he’s been around the league and is no slouch.

A win is a win, baby, and we’ll take it!

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