Cole Hamel pitches eight strong innings as he help lead the Phillies to a series win over the Padres, 2-1, as he finally records his tenth win of the year. The Phillies would score their first run in the first inning as Jayson Werth would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier gotten on base with an infield single, stole second and then went to third on catcher Luke Carlin’s throwing error, to give the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Phillies’ starter Hamel and Padres’ starter Cha Seung Baek from the bottom of the first to the beginning of the sixth inning, when, with one out, Pat Burrel would hit a solo shot off of Baek, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Padres would then get on the scoreboard in their half of the sixth, as, with two men on and two outs, Chase Headley would hit a RBI single, scoring Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has singled earlier, and has gone to second on Adrian Gonzalez’s single, to make the score 2-1 Phillies, while Gonzalez would move on to second. Hamels would finally end the inning by getting Edgar Gonzalez to ground out, short to first. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would strike out the side in the ninth for his thirtieth save in thirty tries.
Cole Hamels would get the win, his first since July 3, as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one earned run on seven hits. His record is now 10-8, with a 3.22 ERA. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, striking out the side as he recorded his thirtieth save. Cha Seung Baek would take the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits. His record is now 4-8 with a 4.99 ERA. Mike Adams would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Wilfredo Ledezma would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Brian Falkenborg would pitch one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit.
The Phillies’ offense, despite the victory, is still asleep, as for the third straight game it is only able to get six hits, although helping to lead to a series victory over the Padres, thanks mainly to Cole Hamels’ pitching effort. The Phillies will now come back home for a nine games home stand against the Nationals (3), the Dodgers (4) and the Mets (2), praying that the offense will finally wake up before both the Dodgers and the Mets come to town.
The Phillies (66-58) still trail the Mets by two games as they won their third straight game against the Pirates. They are ahead of the seemingly fading Marlins by three and a half games as they lost to the Cubs. The Phillies will be coming back to Philly as they have tomorrow off, wondering how bad the fans’ reaction will be to Jimmy Rollins’ ‘front runners’ comment. Hey Jimmy, I hope you have a flak jacket ready, ’cause you are going to be getting a lot of flak from the fans on Tuesday night, mark my words.