Jimmy Rollins’ latest jog toward 1st earned him a spot where he won’t have to hustle, on the bench.
Rollins was benched after a pair of baserunning blunders in Philadelphia’s 3-2 win over the N.Y Mets. It was the 2nd time in 2 weeks the 2007 National League MVP was scolded for not hustling on the basepaths.
Rollins was pulled for the beginning of the 7th inning after 2 mistakes in the 6th. He didn’t run hard on a dropped popup that could have put him on 2nd base. He lifted 2nd base, then was caught in a rundown on a grounder and was tagged out.
Rollins drew the ire of Phillies fans earlier this month when he jogged down the line on a grounder in a game at Milwaukee. He met privately with manager Charlie Manuel the day after. Manuel refused to bench his All-Star shortstop then. He had no hesitation against the New York Mets.
Manuel declared Rollins’ missing hustle was a poor reflection on the franchise.
”My disappointment grows any time I see any person not hustle,” Manuel claimed. ”It grows if I see the other team not hustle.”
Manuel talked to Rollins about the blunder in the dugout. Manuel didn’t expound on Rollins’ reply.
”He already told you what occurred. There you go,” Rollins announced as he left the clubhouse.
Manuel, who led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series title, stated that he has only 2 rules: Be on time. Hustle.
”You want guys to be able to go out and hustle,” First baseman Ryan Howard claimed. ”He knows better. He knows better. It’s easy, be on time, hustle. That’s it. That’s two things you can control. Go out there and do it. Charlie took care of it.”
Kyle Kendrick (8-9) allowed solo homers in the first 2 innings to Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston, but did not permit another run before leaving with 2 outs in the 8th. Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless 9th for his 30th save as the Phillies avoided a 3-game sweep.
Kendrick retired 13 straight starting in the 4th inning and won his 4th straight start. Kendrick has more wins than Cliff Lee (3) and as much as Roy Halladay (8). Kendrick struck out 6 and walked none.
”He stayed right in there and toughed it out,” Manuel said.
Rollins got fans talking after his latest baserunning gaffes. He turned up, put his head down and appeared to be making a turn towards the dugout until pitcher Jonathon Niese dropped the ball for an error and Rollins dashed to first.
With Kendrick on 3rd and Rollins on 2nd, Kevin Frandsen hit a grounder to 2nd.
Rollins took off for 3rd with Kendrick staying on the base and was tagged out. Betting lines
It was the latest blunder in a disappointing season for the Phillies. Rollins has been chewed out and benched by Manuel in the past for not hustling. When he probably did it twice in one inning, Manuel saw enough and yanked him.