In eight shut-out innings against the Dodgers, pitcher Cole Hamels was absolutely dominant. In 95 degree temperatures, it seemed like Hamels did not even break a sweat.
After the game, Charlie Manuel said about Hamels’ development, “He’s bigger than he used to be. Ya know, if you see him with his shirt and stuff off he’s, ya know, he’s developing into a man.”
Besides Hamels’ manly physique, his pitching has grown as well. Hamels allowed only six hits while striking out nine batters in the 2-0 win Wednesday night.
He got a little help from the offense, but only a little. Luckily, it was all he needed. Ryan Howard blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning, the first home run for the Phillies in 65 innings of play. Howard’s last blast was on May 30.
They almost had a run before that in the fifth when Michael Martinez hit the first triple of his career. Hamels then drew a walk. With two outs, the Phillies needed a wild pitch or a hit from Shane Victorino. They got the wild pitch, which sailed all the way to the back stop, but Martinez froze and did not go. The goof did not come back to haunt them though, thanks to the pitching.
Another run scored in the seventh on a Domonic Brown fielder’s choice after Victorino had tripled. Ryan Madson stepped in for the ninth and closed the game for his 14th save of the year. Madson is still perfect in saves so far this season.
The Cubs come into town next. Kyle Kendrick will start tonight and game time is 7:05pm.
And the Winner Is…
The winner of the contest for a ticket to the Phillies Phestival on Monday is Jeff from Clifton Heights, PA. Congrats and see you there!