The Phillies swept the Braves tonight for the second time this year in Atlanta. Cole Hamels came within one out of pitching a shut-out when Brian McCann doubled to score Chipper Jones in the ninth inning.
While that was a shame, Cole has no reason to hang his head. He went 8.2 strong innings, giving up only the one run, striking out 7 and bringing his ERA down to 3.22 and adding a win to his record which now stands at 9-5. In fact, Hamels should be very happy with his performance. His has proven that he is the ace of this staff and the rest of our pitchers need start picking his brain!
And how about Pedro Feliz today? 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, including a solo homer…he has been really hot lately! Speaking of home runs, Chase Utley put himself back on top of the MLB charts, hitting #24 in the first inning tonight. It will be interesting to see if he gets invited to participate in the Home Run Derby this year. I certainly hope so! And then I really hope he says yes!!! What a show that would be J Come on MLB people…or whoever makes those decisions…who would get you more TV ratings? Seriously. Everyone LOVES Chase Utley. He is like Elvis; pre-bloated, drug phase, of course J Put him in the Derby!
So tomorrow we all get to bite our nails as we see the second major league debut of one JA Happ. And who does he get to face? Johan Santana. No worries kid. Just ignore the obvious pressure. Just keep breathing… Oh, and if things go bad and 40,000 plus fans start screaming about how bad you suck, just go ahead and ignore that too… It’s all a figment of your imagination J Be one with the ball…