Cole Hamels Dominates

4 Sep

_sept311.jpgAt the beginning of the season I don’t think that anyone would have predicted that Cole Hamels would be this good.  Why is that?  He’s been this good before, but just not for this long. Cole in my mind has surpassed the Cole of 2008, at least as far as the regular season is concerned. 

Hamels’ night was as dominate as ever. Cole made the lone run stand, as he breezed to his second straight win and
ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18. He allowed three
hits and struck out seven.  This was coming off a fantastic performance last week in his hometown of San Diego when he allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings.  Hamels pitched 

He’s not a #3 starter in my book.  Cole has continued to pitch strong all season long in many close games where he was the victim of poor run support, but continues to come out and throw amazing.

“It’s grueling,” Hamels said of pitching in close game after close game.
“That’s when you discover who you are and what you are capable of.”

What was the other trend continued for the Phillies on Friday night?  They scored only a single run.  I think that some of that might be due to a little jet lag since Phils flight from Colorado didn’t arrive in Philadelphia until the sun was coming up.  Not to mention that the Phillies killed the ball in their 12-11 win over the Rockies.

Their best scoring chance came in the fourth when they loaded the base off Chris Capuano, but didn’t
score when Raul Ibanez struck out and Ruiz lined into a double play.  Credit to Chooch cause he really hammered it, but it was right to second base where Werth was doubled up.

The Phillies lone run came on a mis-cue from the Brewers outffileders Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain.  They both appeared to have a good chance at catching the routine fly ball Shane Victorino but looked to have some sort of confusion on who actually called it.  I loved when Lorenzo Cain threw his hands up after Braun didn’t catch it.  That was funny.   Victorino, hustling from the instant he made contact, ended up on
second. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on Carlos Ruiz’s
grounder.

Tonight Roy Halladay will face the Brew Crew as he looks to come back from a less thrilling shutout they were handed by the Dodgers.  

Side Notes –

Division Race- The Phillies moved to a season-best 19 games over .500 (77-58) and moved within one game of NL East-leading Atlanta.  The Phillies have a 29-12 record since July 21 which is the best in baseball.

Wild Card – The Giants lost to the Dodgers which gives the Phillies a 3 game cushion.

Roster Moves – The Phillies have activated Greg Dobbs and Ross Gload.  Rumor has it that the Phillies are possibly going to tab Vance Worley for Monday’s double header.  Makes sense to me.  Worley has been sitting guys down left and right.  

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