May 18, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
It’s a well-established rule in baseball, but one Phillies fans may have taken for granted. You have to go back almost a full month to April 21 to find the last time they cleared the fence with runners on base – until Friday.
If you click here, there is video proof of Jimmy Rollins almost effortlessly crushing the ball over the left-field wall, a two-run shot with Cliff Lee on that helped give the Phillies an early lead. Sure, it was one they would blow before finally eking out a 5-3 win with an eighth-inning rally against the Reds, but J-Roll’s bash sure helped. The Phillies had 16 consecutive home runs of the solo variety leading up to this one.
It was a milestone hit for Rollins, as he crossed the plate for 1,200th time in his career. He’s also four home runs shy of 200 with that blast.
Rollins has been hot of late as well. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, and he has four multi-hit outings in his last eight.
There are a lot of reasons the Phils have struggled offensively this season, but their lack of power with runners on base hasn’t helped. It used to be a staple of this team, back in 2008 for instance when Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were mashing the ball over the place. Hopefully this is an event the Phillies can duplicate with some frequency in the days and weeks to come.
>> Video: Jimmy Rollins two-run homer [MLB]
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