July 25, 2007
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Burrell, lf; Helms, 3b; Ruiz, c; Hamels, p.
Front and Center
Center fielder Aaron Rowand, who seems to be the Phillies’ Captain Clutch, was in the center of everything last night.
Three hits, three runs, two doubles, one home run, one outfield assist. He scored the tying run in the sixth inning and produced the victory with a towering 376-foot homer in the eighth. He gunned down Jason Bergmann who tried to score from second on a single in the third inning. It was the Phillies’ major-league leading 31st outfield assist.
Rowand did everything but clean his teammates spikes. That’s a post-game duty of the bat boy.
Fans really responded to his eighth-inning homer. They stood and cheered until he popped out of the dugout. As he went to his position in the top of the ninth, he acknowledged the standing ovation from fans in right field and left field. Goosebump city.
Since making the last out in the All-Star Game, he is hitting .459. He has 14 doubles in his last 14 games. He has a nine-game hitting streak against the Nationals (.459), including four homers.
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