The Phils win Cole Hamels’ latest pitching gem. 1-0, as they cut the Braves’ lead in the NL East to a single game.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to increase their lead in the fourth as they loaded up the bases via singles by Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth and a walk to Victorino, and with nobody out. But Brewers starter Chris Capuano got out of the inning by first striking out Ibanez swinging for the inning’s first out, then getting out Ruiz on a lined out-doubleplay to second baseman Rickie Weeks, 4-unassisted, as he stepped on second base, beating Werth back to the bag to end the inning. Meantime, Cole Hamels, in spite of giving up two walks, had a no-hitter going into the fifth, before he gave up a single to Casey McGehee with one man out, before he is wiped out at second on a 5-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Lorenzo Cain, before he ran into real trouble in the seventh. The Brewers started off the inning with a walk to Ryan Braun and then a single to Prince Fielder, with Braun stopping at second base, with nobody out. But Hamels then got down to business and got out of the inning by first getting McGehee to fly out to left for out number one, then he got Cain to pop out to foul territory to Howard for the second out on the infield fly rule, before finally ending the threat by getting Alcides Escobar to strike out, swinging. The bullpen then took over, getting out all six batters that they would face, with Ryan Madson nailing down his fifth save of the year by getting Fielder to fly out to left center field for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-10 with a 3.18 ERA. Jose Contreras collects his twelfth hold of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson receives his fifth save of the year as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chris Capuano picks up the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA. Kameron Loe and John Axford combine for three 1-2-3 innings, as they strike out two (one batter each) between them.
The Phils had a total of four hits in the game, singles by Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth and a double by Shane Victorino, who would score the game’s only run, on an RBI ground out by Carlos Ruiz. The offense blew a chance to give Hamels a comfortable lead, but Hamels was able to buckle down and keep the Brewers off-balance.
The Phils (77-58, 2nd East) will continue their series with the Brewers (62-72, T-3 Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send out their ace Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.27), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on August 30, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched twenty-one innings, giving up six runs on twety-four hits and four walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying to win his seventeenth start of the season, while hoping that the bats will once again give him some runs support. The Brewers will counter with Dave Bush (7-11, 4.71) who is coming off a win against the Pirates on August 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up ten runs, nine of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and four walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to out-pitch the Doc. The Phils will be trying to win the series while hoping to keep the pressure on the Braves in the East.