Game 75 - Monday Night, June 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 34-41, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies were shut out at home for the eighth time this season, as the Marlins won the series opener, 4-0.
What It Means: The Phillies took five impressive steps forward, only to follow-up with three whimpering steps backward. They're now back in last place.
What Happened: Roberto Hernandez allowed two first inning runs, but then settled in to pitch fairly well for six innings. The offense managed six hits and went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card: At least the Phillies are consistent in one area. The organization has consistently put on tremendous pre and post-game tributes whenever a special occasion arises. Prior to last night's game, the team paid tribute to Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's new all-time hits leader. Joining Rollins on the field in a pre-game ceremony were his former teammates Marlon Anderson, Bobby Abreu (the Mets had the night off), Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell.
|As Tweeted from Bobby Abreu - Abreu, Burrell, Lieberthal and Anderson|
We were surprised to see that Anderson was part of the tribute, but it made sense given that he and Rollins were double play partners in 2001 and 2002 - Rollins' first two years in the Majors.
Transaction: Prior to the game, pitcher Ethan Martin was optioned to Triple-A and reliever B.J. Rosenberg was recalled.