Phils hoping Rollins, Victorino heat up

Phils hoping Rollins, Victorino heat up

Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino enter Saturday night's game against the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium with .206 and .314 on-base percentages, respectively. That is well under Rollins' career .332 OBP and 27 points under Victorino's career .341 OBP.

But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is hoping their efforts in the ninth inning Friday night get them going.

Rollins worked a bases-loaded walk to cut the Marlins' lead to 3-2. Victorino followed with a grand slam to give the Phillies the lead in the 7-3 victory.

Manuel said before Friday's game he had no plans to shuffle the top of his lineup.

"The stats prove that when Jimmy scores runs, we win games," Manuel said.

The Phils were 42-15 (.737) when Rollins scored a run last season. They are 426-203 (.677) when he has scored a run in his career.

Rollins has scored just six runs this season. Philadelphia is 5-1 in those games.

"They are going to hit better, and their on-base percentages will start coming around," Manuel said. "I used to put [Jayson] Werth in the [No. 2 hole] ... I liked that, but we run into the problem with the middle of our lineup, putting all those lefties together."

Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Chan Ho Park (0-0, 8.68 ERA)
Given that Park has an 8.68 ERA after two starts and that he barely beat left-hander J.A. Happ for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation in Spring Training, it might be natural to ask if Philadelphia needs to re-examine that fifth job. But Manuel said two starts is not enough to draw any conclusions about Park's performance. He will continue to get a chance to pitch. He actually pitched better than his line indicated in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Padres (four runs in five innings). A defensive miscue in the third led to two runs.

FLA: RHP Chris Volstad (2-0, 2.76 ERA)
His last time out, Volstad experienced the second shortest start in his career. At Washington, he worked 4 1/3 innings and was not involved in the decision. A high pitch count was a problem, as he threw 98 pitches and exited with two runners on base. The only start of his career that has been shorter was on Sept. 9 at the Phillies, when he tossed three innings. Walks, thus far, have been an issue. He issued five walks, while striking out five, at Nationals Park. In 16 1/3 innings this season, Volstad has walked 11 to go along with 16 strikeouts. For his career, Volstad is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts.

The Phillies entered Friday's game leading the Majors with a .994 fielding percentage. ... Rollins is looking for some of his past success against the Marlins to rub off on him. No player has more triples (12) and stolen bases (40) against Florida than Rollins. Rollins also ranks second all-time in hits (188), runs scored (112) and total bases (294), trailing only Atlanta's Chipper Jones in each category. ... The Phillies are tied for the Major League lead with the D-backs with three pinch-hit home runs and seven pinch-hit RBIs.

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On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• MyPhl 17, MLBN

On radio
• WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480 (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 2-1, 6.35) at Marlins (TBD), 12:10 p.m. ET
• Monday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 0-2, 7.31) vs. Nationals (Shairon Martis, 2-0, 4.11), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Phillies (Cole Hamels, 0-2, 9.69) vs. Nationals (John Lannan, 0-2, 4.43), 7:05 p.m. ET

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.