04/14/12 5:46 PM ET
Rollins as surprised as Thole at Met's gaffe
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
In the top of the second inning in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Mets, R.A. Dickey executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Josh Thole to second base with one out. Phillies first baseman Jim Thome tagged Dickey about halfway up the first-base line and nonchalantly tossed the ball back to Cliff Lee, who believed like everybody else at Citizens Bank Park that the play had ended.
In fact, Rollins motioned for Thole not to slide before he reached second base, which is something he has done since he reached the big leagues whenever there is no play at second base.
"Nice hit," Thole told Rollins as he reached second, referring to Rollins' first-inning double.
"Thanks," Rollins replied.
Then Thole inexplicably turned around and walked back to first base.
Lee dropped his head momentarily to start rubbing the ball in preparation for the next pitch when he looked up at Rollins, who was gesturing for the ball and saying his name while trying not to alert Thole. Lee tossed the ball to Rollins, who fired the ball to Freddy Galvis. At this point Thole realized he had made a mistake and started to sprint back to first base, but Galvis applied the tag before he could get there, ending the inning.
"For a split second, I thought about letting him walk back to first so we don't have a runner in scoring position," Rollins said. "But then I was like, 'No, we've got to get him out.' It's funny how fast that happened."
"I don't know what I was thinking," Thole said.
Waiting for opportunity, Orr stays prepared
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have a 25-man roster, but more than a week into the 2012 season only 24 players have seen the field.
Utility infielder Pete Orr is still looking for some action.
He tried to keep himself sharp before Saturday's game against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park, where he stood at home plate during Joe Blanton's bullpen session in the right-center field bullpen. Orr has continued to hit in the cage and do everything else possible to try to stay sharp, so he has a chance to succeed when he gets an opportunity.
"You try not to do too much, because then you start to change stuff," Orr said. "Just keep a positive attitude and think of the big picture. There's no room to be negative."
Asked if he would have asked Roy Halladay to pitch to him during his bullpen session, Orr chuckled because Blanton is more laid back than Halladay.
"I asked Joe," Orr said, laughing. "I'll just leave it at that."
Jim Thome singled in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Mets. It was his first hit for the Phillies since June 26, 2005, a span of six years, 292 days between hits.
Elias Sports Bureau said it was the longest stretch between hits for the team since Nelson Figueroa went eight years, 241 days between hits (Aug. 16, 2001 to April 14, 2010).
It has been nearly 10 years since a non-pitcher went that long. Dave Hollins went seven years, 46 days (July 17, 1995 to Sept. 1, 2002), while Todd Pratt went six years, 351 days (Aug. 11, 1994 to July 28, 2001). Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco received his 2011 Gold Glove before the game. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel also received an award for becoming the winningest manager in franchise history last season with his 646th victory.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.