The Fightin’ Phils are going back to the playoffs. Just getting there won’t be good enough this time.
Jimmy Rollins made a sliding stop with the bases loaded to start a game-ending double play, and the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their second consecutive NL East title by holding off the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Saturday.
Rollins went to his knees to snare Ryan Zimmerman’s sharp grounder toward the middle. He made an accurate flip to second base with his glove and rejoiced when Chase Utley’s relay throw completed the double play.
A sellout crowd of 45,177 rocked Citizens Bank Park, waved rally towels and watched the Phillies earn back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 1980-81.
Now they’d like to see them make the most of it.
A large banner held up in the left-field stands summed it
perfectly: "World Series Or Bust."
Philadelphia was swept out of the first round by the Colorado Rockies last season after a remarkable finish just to get in. Trailing the Mets by seven games with 17 left, the Phillies took advantage of New York’s historic collapse and clinched the division on the final day of the regular season.