ST. PETERSBURG -- As he watched David Price's slider tail in and head straight for the left side of his abdomen in the ninth inning, Jimmy Rollins, for a split second, prepared for the worst.
So when the ball only rustled his jersey, the first emotion Rollins felt was relief. Seconds later, however, that relief turned into reserved surprise when he realized home-plate Kerwin Danley wasn't aware the ball had grazed his uniform. Replays clearly showed there was contact, but Danley ruled otherwise.
"He couldn't hear it," Rollins said, somewhat sarcastically. "[With] 46,000 people screaming, it probably would be tough to hear."
Rollins was forgiving but offered no excuses for the home-plate umpire.
"He missed it," Rollins said. "That's baseball; that's the beauty of sports. Sometimes they're going to get calls right and sometimes they're going to get calls wrong."
The incident, had it gone in Rollins' favor, could have set up a better ninth inning for the Phillies, who eventually lost, 4-2. Carlos Ruiz led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. After Rollins popped out to shortstop, Jayson Werth reached when his ground ball bounced off third baseman Evan Longoria's glove and sailed into left field.
Ruiz scored from second on the error, but Price worked out of trouble when Chase Utley struck out and Ryan Howard grounded to second to end the game.
Missed opportunities from a Phillies club that is 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position during the series was the topic du jour in the clubhouse after the loss, so Rollins didn't spend a lot of time talking about his would-be hit by pitch. In fact, the only good thing that came out of this game for Rollins was that he was able to avoid the training room.
"It hit my jersey and I was pretty fortunate, because it was right at the bottom of my rib cage," Rollins said. "I felt it and went, 'Ooh.' The first thing was relief that it did get the jersey, then I was like, 'It hit me.' And [Danley] said, 'No it didn't.' And I was like, 'All right. There's nothing more I can do.'"
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.