Jimmy Rollins homered from both sides of the plate in support of Vance Worley’s latest terrific outing, propelling the Phils to a 9-1 victory over the Cubs in the rubber game at Wrigley Field.
The offense: Ryan Howard’s RBI single highlighted a two-run first before the Phillies tacked on three more in the second inning, capped by Chase Utley’s RBI double. The Phils then scored solo runs in the third, fourth and sixth, respectively, on an RBI double by Brian Schneider, an RBI double by Utley, and a home run by Rollins. J-Roll homered again in the eighth and slapped high-fives with Phillies fans near the dugout after both of his home runs. Let's hope no ridiculous controversy comes out of that interaction, a la Lastings Milledge.
The Vanimal: Worley battled through the heat to yield a run and four hits in eight innings. He did not allow a hit until the fifth and did not give up a home run for the fifth start in a row. The rookie righty matched his career high with seven strikeouts and even contributed his first career XBH with a second-inning double.
The stats: Rollins now has eight multi-hit games in his last 11 contests, during which he’s batting .431 (22-for-51) with eight RBIs and 13 runs scored. ... It was the second time in his career Rollins homered from both sides of the plate in the same game (2006). The only other times a Phillie has done that were noted sluggers Steve Jeltz (1989) and Tomas Perez (2001). … Worley, in his last six starts, is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA. … The Phillies have won eight straight series.
Up next: The Phillies are off Thursday before returning to South Philly. The team on Friday will embark on a 10-game homestand against the Padres (4 games), Giants (3) and Pirates (3).