Monday, May 19, 2014

2013 Topps MVP Award Winners Trophy #MVP-JRO Jimmy Rollins

Phillies 8, Reds 3
Game 41 - Sunday Afternoon, May 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 19-22, Tied for 4th Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The bats remained hot in a 8-3 Phillies win over the Reds.

What It Means:  It means the Phils took the series from the Reds and they'll travel to Miami for a three-game series with the Marlins beginning on Tuesday night.

What Happened:  Cliff Lee surrendered two runs to the Reds in the top of the first, but Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves led off the bottom of the inning with back-to-back home runs to tie up the score.  The Phils piled it on from there with Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche adding home runs of their own.  Asche's was a three-run shot in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Featured Card:  It's great to see Rollins doing well so far this year, and I truly hope he keeps it up.  His home run in the first was his fifth of the year, after hitting just six in all of 2013.  His OPS right now is up to .794, which is the highest it's been since his N.L. MVP campaign in 2007 when it reached .875.

Rollins is also getting closer to becoming the Phillies all-time hits leader.  With his home run in this game, he's up to 2,213 career hits, putting him just 21 behind Mike Schmidt for the franchise's all-time lead.  Here's a look at this list as it stands now:

1.  Mike Schmidt - 2,234
2.  Richie Ashburn - 2,217
3.  Jimmy Rollins - 2,213

Thanks to 14,000 Phillies for sending this card my way!

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