When Cole Hamels allowed two runs in the first inning of today’s game, you could almost hear the collective, “Here we go again…” spilling from the minds of everyone present at the ballpark. But as it turned out, that was all the Mets would score for the entire game.
In 7 innings, Hamels collected 10 strikeouts and allowed just 6 hits and one walk. The defense stayed strong behind him as well.
Now all the Phillies needed was some offense, which has not been easy to come by recently. And through the first 6 innings, things were not looking good. But in the 7th, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back singles and then advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch.
And then, a small miracle occurred. Ty Wiggington hit a long sac fly to score Rollins and tie the game 2-2. And then Laynce Nix doubled in Pence. This was monumental on a number of levels. First, the Phillies had not seen an extra-base hit since Friday. Also, it was Nix’s first hit as a Phillie. Whew! Bet he was glad that is out of the way.
Once the Phillies took the 3-2 lead, better things started to happen. The Phils hit two more doubles in the 8th and scored 5 more runs. Pence got an RBI walk with the bases loaded. And Wiggington smashed a bases-clearing double, ending his game with 4 RBI, another small miracle.
This was a very nice win for the Phillies who needed a serious self-esteem boost after losing 2-straight to the Mets.
By the way, if anyone is wondering why every uniform number is 42, it was Jackie Robinson salute day. If you did not notice, feel free to go on with your life as planned… ;o)
But do not plan on getting any sleep this week…the Phils start a West Coast swing tomorrow in San Francisco. Game time is 10:15pm (yikes!).
And here is the Photo Album from today’s game.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography