Phillies even series behind Rollins' 4 RBI

Jimmy Rollins

RollinsWith their 6-1 win Sunday, the Phillies evened the NLCS with the Giants at one game apiece. Jimmy Rollins drove in four of those runs, tying a record he previously had along with former Giant Rich Aurilia for most RBI by a shortstop in a postseason game.

Three of Rollins' RBI came on a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning. How unlikely was that clutch hit? Rollins was hitless in two previous at-bats with the bases loaded in the postseason. More significantly, over the last three regular seasons he was only 4-for-38 (.105) with the bases loaded. That's the lowest such average among the 91 major-league players who had at least 35 at-bats with the bags full during that span.

The Giants' Cody Ross hit his fourth home run this postseason and third this series. All four of Ross' home runs have been solo shots, second most in Giants postseason history to Barry Bonds' six solo home runs.

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Giants postseason history

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ross, who hit both of the Giants’ home runs in Game One of the NLCS, and then homered for San Francisco’s lone run in Game Two, is the fourth player in major-league history to hit each of his team’s first three home runs in a postseason series. The others were Babe Ruth (Yankees) in the 1926 World Series, Rusty Staub (Mets) in the 1973 NLCS and Willie Stargell (Pirates) in the 1979 World Series.