Chicago at Philadelphia

W: D. Buchanan (2-3) L: E. Jackson (4-7) S: J. Papelbon (15)
HR: CHC - M. Olt (10),J. Ruggiano (2),L. Valbuena (4)   PHI - C. Utley (5),D. Brown (5)

Rollins sets Phillies' career hit record in win over Cubs wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball.

Turns out he's been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player.

Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies' hits leader and Domonic Brown capped the inning with a three-run homer, leading Philadelphia to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-1 pitch into right field to open the fifth. The game was then delayed for an on-field celebration.

"It was very cool," said Rollins.

The 5-foot-8 shortstop never let his stature deter him.

"That's something my mom and dad taught me when I'm young," he said. "[I'm] probably not going to be biggest guy, but that doesn't mean you have to be weak, doesn't mean you don't have confidence. And then size isn't really going to matter. I've always had that belief in myself and without it I wouldn't have been here."

Chase Utley also homered for Philadelphia, which has won four of five following a dismal 1-8 stretch.

David Buchanan (2-3), in his fifth start for injured lefty Cliff Lee (elbow), allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

But the day belonged to Rollins.

He made his debut with the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2000, and has played his entire career in Philadelphia.

"To be the all-time hits leader, that speaks for itself," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It was well worth it. Fourteen years of effort with one uniform in a lot of ways that's old school."

Said Cubs manager Rick Renteria: "He's put together what is potentially a Hall of Fame career. He's a credit to Philadelphia and the Phillies. I think he's admired all over."

Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins' bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The entire Phillies team then came out from the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.

After the Phillies left the field, Schmidt took Rollins' hand and held it in the air. Fans cheered and gave the duo a standing ovation as fireworks erupted from the large video board in left field.

"I told him, `Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

Schmidt had doubts that any player would break his hits record in notoriously tough Philadelphia and in the era of free agency. But Rollins' mentality on and off the field, Schmidt says, allowed him to do it.

"He's very comfortable in his own skin," Schmidt said. "He's got a nice, short stride and stays relaxed [at the plate]. He's a great clutch hitter, tremendous. much better than me. One of the great compliments you can pay a hitter is [to] say I want him up when the game is on the line."

Schmidt said Rollins should get "definite consideration" for the Hall of Fame right now and believes Rollins could land in Cooperstown with continued solid play for three or four more years.

"He knows talent, that's pretty cool," Rollins said.

Schmidt also knows hitting.

Upon leaving the field, Schmidt was stopped in the dugout by the slumping Brown, who asked for a hitting lesson. Schmidt said he told Brown to drive through the ball with his left hand.

Minutes later, Brown broke the game open with a three-run homer to right, his fourth of the season after hitting 27 last year, that put Philadelphia ahead 7-3 and chased Jackson (4-7).

Rollins received strong ovations when he came to the plate his first two at-bats, but he grounded out to first base in the first inning and lined out sharply to first in the second. He finished 1 for 4.

Justin Ruggiano, Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt homered for Chicago.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.

Jackson allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Utley put Philadelphia in front with a solo shot in the first, but Olt answered in the second. It was the 10th homer in 22 hits for the Cubs rookie.

Ben Revere and Carlos Ruiz had RBI hits, along with Junior Lake's fielding error in center field, in the bottom of the second helped Philadelphia take a 4-1 lead.


The Cubs lost an eighth-inning challenge when replays upheld first base umpire Kerwin Danley's decision that Nate Schierholtz was out at first base. The delay was 2 minutes, 17 seconds.. Jackson fell to 0-5 in five regular-season starts at Citizens Bank Park.. Chicago dropped its NL-worst road record to 12-25. The Cubs haven't won consecutive road games on the same trip since last Sept. 10-11.. Cubs left-hander Travis Wood (6-5, 4.95) opposes Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett (3-5, 4.41) in the series finale at 1:35 Sunday.

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Jimmy Rollins shares a moment with the Phillies fans after singling in the fifth inning for hit 2,235. (USATSI)
Jimmy Rollins shares a moment with the Phillies fans after singling in the fifth inning for hit 2,235. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

D. Brown
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

L. Valbuena
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
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Justin Ruggiano, LF3121110 .269
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4120003 .283
Starlin Castro, SS3010111 .274
Luis Valbuena, 2B4122001 .291
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000002 .211
Mike Olt, 3B4111021 .152
Eli Whiteside, C3010010 .067
   a-John Baker, PH1000010 .145
Edwin Jackson, P1000010 .077
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   b-Chris Coghlan, PH1000000 .185
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   c-Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .183
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b-flied out for Villanueva in the 7th
c-grounded out for Russell in the 9th
HR - Justin Ruggiano (2, Buchanan), Luis Valbuena (4, Buchanan), Mike Olt (10, Buchanan)
SH - Edwin Jackson (1)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano (7), Luis Valbuena 2 (17), Mike Olt (25)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano (3), Mike Olt (11)
Team LOB - 5
E - Junior Lake (5, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
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Carlos Villanueva 1.1200010 6.75
James Russell 2000110 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 91-56, Carlos Villanueva 21-12, James Russell 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-5, Carlos Villanueva 3-0, James Russell 1-4
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 24, Carlos Villanueva 6, James Russell 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Ben Revere, CF5011001 .286
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110011 .249
Chase Utley, 2B4111001 .308
Ryan Howard, 1B3000101 .231
Marlon Byrd, RF3220101 .265
Domonic Brown, LF4113013 .218
Carlos Ruiz, C4121011 .283
Reid Brignac, 3B4120000 .245
David Buchanan, P1000112 .000
   a-Ronny Cedeno, PH1000002 .000
   Mario Hollands, P0000000 .000
   Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   Jake Diekman, P0000000 .000
   b-John Mayberry Jr., PH1000000 .265
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Buchanan in the 5th
b-popped out for Diekman in the 8th
2B - Marlon Byrd (19, Jackson), Reid Brignac (4, Villanueva)
3B - Marlon Byrd (2, Jackson)
HR - Chase Utley (5, Jackson), Domonic Brown (5, Jackson)
RBI - Ben Revere (9), Chase Utley (32), Domonic Brown 3 (35), Carlos Ruiz (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Revere (7), Chase Utley (7), Domonic Brown 3 (9)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (11, 2nd base off Jackson/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
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Mario Hollands 1000100 2.66
Justin De Fratus 1000010 2.25
Jake Diekman 1311010 4.83
Jonathan Papelbon (S,15) 1000020 1.37
Pitches-Strikes - David Buchanan 84-51, Mario Hollands 20-10, Justin De Fratus 14-8, Jake Diekman 16-11, Jonathan Papelbon 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Buchanan 5-4, Mario Hollands 1-2, Jake Diekman 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - David Buchanan 21, Mario Hollands 4, Justin De Fratus 3, Jake Diekman 5, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31524
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Mark Ripperger