Cole Hamels gets rocked for seven runs while the Phillies’ bats are cooled off as the once again first place Marlins defeat the Fightin’s, 7-3. The Phillies would take the lead in the bottom of the first when Pat Burrell gets a RBI single off of Marlins’ starter, Ricky Nolasco, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead to 2-0 in the third when Ryan Howard grounds out, second to first, scoring Victorino, who has earlier doubled for the second time that night. Then in the fourth inning, the roof would cave in on Hamels, who has given up only one hit in his first three innings of work. The Marlins would score their first run when Wes Helm hits a two-run double, tying the game, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who has also doubled, and Jeremy Hermida, who has singled. Then, with two out, Hamels would give up a two-run home run to Luis Gonzalez, his fourth home run of the year, as the Marlins take a 4-2 lead. Then in the sixth, as the Phillies batters were having their problems trying to get on base, the Marlins would lit up Hamels for three more runs, with all three runs coming in ;on two home runs. The first one would be hit by Jorge Cantu, who was leading off the inning, hitting his eighth home run of the season, and giving the Marlins a 5-2 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on first and two outs, Cody Ross would hit a two-run shot, his tenth home run of the year, scoring Gonzalez, who has gotten on base with a single, to give the Marlins a 7-2 lead. That would be it for Hamels, as he would be replaced by Rudy Seanez, who would finally end the inning with a ground out. The Phillies would get a run back in the eighth as Chase Utley would hit his league leading nineteen home run of the year, a solo shot that would make it 7-3 game. But that would be it fro the Phils as Kevin Gregg would come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Cole Hamels would take the lost, as he would last for only five and two-thirds innings, being pounded for all seven earned runs on eight hits, while giving up three home runs. His record is now 5-4 as his ERA rises to 3.73. Rudy Seanez would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no earned runs on one hit. Ryan Madson would pitch the final two innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Ricky Nolasco would get the win as he cool down the Phillies’ hot bats, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up only two earned runs on four hits. Renyel Pinto would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit, Chase Utley’s nineteenth home run of the year. Matt Lindstrom would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Kevin Gregg would pitch the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies’ offensive barrage was finally stopped, at least for one game, as they were only able to score three runs in last night’s game on six hits, as Ricky Nolasco was able to keep them quiet during his six and two-third innings of work. At the same time, the Phillies’ ace, Cole Hamels was hit hard for the second game in the row, inspite of having kept the fish batters quiet for the first three innings. He was hit hard in both the fourth and sixth innings, giving up seven of the Marlins’ hits off of him in those two innings, with five of them being for extra base-hits, for two doubles and three home runs. It would seems that the Astros and the Marlins have rediscovered Hamels’ achillies heel in his last two starts, the long ball.
With the lost, the Phillies (32-25) are now once again trailing the Marlins (31-23) by a half game, as they enter into this afternoon’s rubber match of their three games series. They are ahead of the third place Braves by two and a half game and are three and a half games ahead of the fourth place Mets. Presently, they are leading the Marlins, 7-5, going into the top of the eighth inning.