Rollins' burst of speed a good sign for Phillies
Shortstop swipes second, third in seventh despite hamstring strain
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jimmy Rollins said before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series that he felt fast again.
He showed how fast Thursday in Game 5.
Rollins stole second and third base in the seventh inning in a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, which cut the Giants' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. The stolen bases led to no runs, but they were an encouraging sign for Rollins, who had not stolen a base since he strained his right hamstring Sept. 8.
Rollins missed most of September because of the injury. He spent the last few weeks trying to get as healthy as possible.
"I don't know if I'm 100 percent yet," Rollins said. "I have no idea, but it hasn't been bothering me after I slide into the bag. I still feel fast. I just don't know how healthy I feel."
But he must have been confident enough that he could steal a couple bases without hurting himself or the team, right?
"Not really," he said. "Hey, if it's going to go, it's going to go. There is no tomorrow. There's nothing to really save."
The Phillies lived to see another day with Thursday's victory. They play the Giants in Game 6 on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. If Rollins gets on base, there is no guarantee he will try to steal. But at least it is in the back of the minds of the Giants' pitchers.
Rollins feels fast again, and his speed could show up again Saturday. If not stealing bases, scoring from second on a single or making a play in the field.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.