After tying Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the Phillies’ all-time hit record last night, Jimmy Rollins singled to right field off Cubs right-hander in the fifth inning this afternoon to stand alone in franchise history with the 2,235th hit of his career.
The game was temporarily halted at Citizens Bank Park to acknowledge Rollins’ accomplishment. Fireworks went off at the stadium as Rollins was congratulated by Schmidt and his teammates. There hasn’t been much for Phillies fans to cheer about this year, but it was a very cool moment.
You can watch video of the hit and the celebration below:
Read more coverage of Rollins’ record and a look back at some of his “greatest hits” via Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Today is about celebrating an awesome benchmark for Rollins, but the trade talk figures to pick up now that the record is out of the way. Of course, Rollins has 10-and-5 rights, which means that he can control his own destiny. He’s owed about $6 million for the rest of the season while his contract includes a vesting option for 2015.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.