Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 17: Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins, as the Phils hold on to defeat the fish, 2-1, as they increase their lead in the East to two  games.

Cole Hamels strikes out thirteen Marlins as his scoreless streak ends at twenty-five and a third innings, as the Phils defeat the fish, 2-1. With the Braves lost to the Nationals, the Phils have increased their lead in the NL East to two games.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, knocking in Logan Morrison, who was safe at first when Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second, 3-6, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s single, ending Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ scoreless streak at twenty-five and a third innings, while Ramirez, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Hamels and Marlins’ starter Adalberto Mendez, with both pitchers pitching themselves out of trouble in innings two-four, as neither were sharp. The Phils would then regain the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Victorino, a walk by Polanco, moving Victorino up to second base, a double steal by Victorino and Polanco, after Chase Utley had flown out to right, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, with Wes Helms only having a play at first, allowing Victorino to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while both Polanco and Howard would move up a base. That would end up being the final score as Hamels would kept the Marlins down for six and two-thirds innings, striking out a season high thirteen batters, before handing the ball over to the bullpen, who kept the Marlins quiet for the final two and one-thirds innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth by Brad Lidge, who recorded his twenty-second save of the season by getting Morrison to fly out to center for the game’s final out. 

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen. His record is now 11-10 with a 3.01 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fourteenth hold of the year by pitching a third of an inning. Ryan Madson receives his twelfth hold of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-second save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Adalberto Mendez takes the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. His record is now 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Burke Badenhop, Jose Veras, Leo Nunez and Clay Hensley combines for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Badenhop) and five walks (Badenhop (2), Nunez (1), Hensley (2)), while striking out four (Badenhop (1), Veras (2), Hensley (1)) between them.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a ground-rule double, scoring both Phils’ runs. Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Valdez and Hamels’ hits were singles. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil run with an RBI ground out with the bases loaded. The offense left too many men on base, but was able to get in two runs, allowing the pitching staff to do the rest.

The Phils (85-61, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Marlins (73-71, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern time. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 10, when he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and three walks, while he has struck out fifteen. He will be going for win no. nineteen, while hoping to cut down on the home runs, which has been hurting him lately. The Marlins will counter with Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82), who is making a spot start. In his last three appearances, his record is 0-0, as he pitched five innings, all against the Phils, as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He hopes that he’ll be able to handle the Phils for more than two innings. The Phils will be out to end a good road trip with a sweep of the Marlins, while hoping to increase their lead over the Braves, who are right now trying to stay two games behind the Phils.


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