Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Indians 2

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Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Indians 2

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The Phillies got some revenge on the Indians two weeks after being pounded in Cleveland with a 6-2 win to open their five-game, all-Ohio homestand.

Jonathan Pettibone gave up two runs in the second inning but cruised thereafter to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. The rookie right-hander has made five starts and allowed three runs or fewer in each of them.

The Phils supported Pettibone with runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. The win improves them to 19-21, the closest they’ve been to .500 since they started last week’s west coast road trip 2-0.  

Starting pitching
Pettibone allowed just two runs and six baserunners over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. He exited the game with two outs and nobody on in the seventh, at 92 pitches.

Pettibone continues to give the Phillies solid production out of the No. 4 spot in the rotation. He’s kept the Phillies in the game each time he’s taken the hill and the Phils are 4-1 in his starts.

Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.33) needed 96 pitches to get 15 outs. He allowed four runs over five innings one start after striking out 10 Athletics.

The offense
Kevin Frandsen, starting in place of Chase Utley, homered to left off Kazmir in the first inning to get the scoring started. It was the second straight start Frandsen homered off a lefty. Frandsen was also hit twice, becoming the 100th player in major-league history to homer and be hit by two pitches in the same game. Since the start of 2012, Frandsen has hit .413 with a .625 slugging percentage in 80 at-bats vs. left-handers.

Domonic Brown later lined a homer to left off Kazmir, effectively ending his night. It was Brown’s third homer of the season off a southpaw, and it boosted his season batting average vs. lefties to .314. His work against left-handers has been a tremendous sign.

Batting eighth in place of Ben Revere, John Mayberry doubled in two runs to put the Phillies ahead for good in the fourth. In his first at-bat he singled with two outs to turn the lineup over, which is something the Phillies haven’t done much at all this season. With two outs in an inning, Phillies eight-hole hitters had a .238 on-base percentage entering Tuesday’s game. He ended his productive night with an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Later in the ninth, Freddy Galvis added more insurance with an RBI single. Galvis, who Charlie Manuel said might get some looks in center field (see story), is hitting .294 this season with an impressive .828 OPS.

Bullpen report
Antonio Bastardo finished the seventh inning for Pettibone, but put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth. Without Mike Adams (back spasms), a two-run lead was placed in jeopardy, but a beleaguered Phillies middle relief crew put out the fire. Justin De Fratus got the call against righty Mark Reynolds and popped him up, and Jeremy Horst struck out Michael Brantley to end the threat.

Stranding inherited runners has been a problem for the Phils’ 'pen all season, but with De Fratus in the mix, the Phils appear to have another capable right-hander for late-inning situations. His getting the call in a crucial spot says something about the confidence, or lack thereof, Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee have in Phillippe Aumont and Chad Durbin at this time.

Jonathan Papelbon faced the minimum to finish the game. Papelbon has made 15 straight scoreless appearances since allowing a meaningless two-run homer to Jason Heyward in the second game of the season. His ERA is down to 1.08.

Next up
The brief two-game series concludes tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. when Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) takes on right-hander Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64).

Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava make Phillies' roster; Jesmuel Valentin to AAA

Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava make Phillies' roster; Jesmuel Valentin to AAA

Brock Stassi and Daniel Nava have earned the Phillies' final two bench spots, according to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury.

Infielder Jesmuel Valentin will head to Triple A.

Stassi, a left-handed hitting first baseman who can play some left field and right field, has hit .339 this spring with a team-leading six home runs and 17 RBIs.

Nava, the former Red Sox outfielder, hit .386 this spring and hit a three-run home run off Justin Verlander Wednesday to help solidify his spot on the Phillies' opening-day roster.

More coming ...

End could be near for Jimmy Rollins, who's unlikely to make Giants' roster

End could be near for Jimmy Rollins, who's unlikely to make Giants' roster

The long-expected homecoming for Jimmy Rollins didn't go as planned.

Rollins, now 38, is unlikely to make the San Francisco Giants' opening-day roster.

"We've talked to Jimmy and he knows the scenario and the situation," manager Bruce Bochy told reporters earlier this week. "We're just waiting to hear back from him."

J-Roll was hoping to catch on with the Giants as a utility infielder. San Francisco already has an everyday shortstop in Brandon Crawford, so Rollins' role would have been to back him up, play a little second base and perhaps some third base. 

But Rollins hit just .125 this spring and fell clearly behind fellow veteran Aaron Hill, who is three years younger and at this point simply a better hitter.

Is this the end for J-Roll? If it is, he'll finish with a .264/.324/.418 batting line in over 10,000 plate appearances, 2,455 hits, 511 doubles, 231 homers and 470 steals.

Rollins is one of just four players ever with that many career doubles and steals. The others are Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb and Paul Molitor.

While some players have precipitous drop-offs that lead to retirement -- forced or unforced -- Rollins' decline has been more gradual. His batting average has dipped in each of the last four seasons, from .252 in 2013 to .243 to .224 to .221 last season. 

Rollins latched on with the White Sox last spring and was their opening-day shortstop, but he was released on June 15 as Chicago made room for top prospect Tim Anderson.

Rollins, who played 15 seasons with the Phillies, is the franchise leader in at-bats, hits and doubles. He's second in steals, third in triples and runs scored, ninth in homers and eighth in RBIs.

He also won an MVP, a World Series, four Gold Gloves and made three All-Star teams.

Enough to make the Hall of Fame? That's obviously subjective, but for as much as he did for the Phillies and for how much he impacted the game for more than a decade, Rollins' rate stats -- namely the .251/.317/.395 batting line he posted from 2008-16 -- could keep him out of Cooperstown, even though some of his counting stats are more impressive than Barry Larkin's.