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Cole Hamels finally gets his tenth win of the year as the Phillies defeated the Padres, 2-1.

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.


Kyle Kendrick has his second straight bad start as the Padres defeat the Phillies, 8-3.

Kyle Kendrick is unable to get out of the fourth inning for his second straight start as he loses control of his pitches as the Padres defeat the Phillies, 8-3.

The Phillies would take a quick lead in the first inning off of rookie starter Chad Reineke, as, with runners on first and third, and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. After tagging first base for the second out of the inning, Gonzalez would throw home to try and get out Jayson Werth, who has earlier got on base with a walk and has gone to third on a single by Chase Utley, for a possible double play. Gonzalez’s throw would not be in time as Werth would be able to get pass the catcher, Nick Hundley, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while Utley would be safe at second. Two batters later, with two men on base, Shane Victorino would hit a RBI single, scoring Utley, to make it 2-0 Phillies. The Padres would cut the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the third, when Brian Giles would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Jody Gerut, who has earlier doubled and has went to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s ground out, second to first. In the fourth, the Phillies would increase their lead to 3-1 as Greg Dobbs would hit a RBI double, scoring Victorino, who has earlier got on base with a single. Then, in the Padres’ half of the fourth, Kendrick would be unable to get out of the inning as his control would leave him. After walking Chase Headley to lead off the inning, he would get Hundley to ground out, third to first, which would send Headley to second. He would then get Sean Kazmar to also ground out, also third to first, for the inning’s second out, which would keep Headley at second. But, while pitching to Reineke, Kendrick would throw a wild pitch, which would send Headley over to third. Kendrick would then get the count full to Reineke before finally committing a cardinal sin among pitchers, giving up a hit to another pitcher, a single, on an excuse me swing by Reineke, that would knock in Headley, to make it 3-2 Phillies. The hit would be Reineke’s first hit in the majors while he would also drive in his first major league RBI. Gerut would then hit a pop up that would drop into left field for a single, sending Reineke to second. Kendrick would then walk Iguchi, loading the bases, despite an earlier visit from pitching coach Rich Dubee to get him to concentrate on getting him out. Kendrick would then give up a RBI double to Giles, that would clear the bases and give the Padres a 5-3 lead. After intentionally walking Gonzalez, Charlie Manuel would come out to replace Kendrick with Clay Condrey. While Dubee is in the clubhouse giving a stern lecture to Kendrick about what have went wrong during the inning, Condrey would give up a RBI single to Kevin Kouzmanoff, scoring Giles, to make it 6-3 Padres. But, the Phils would finally get out of the inning as they would trap Gonzalez between second and third before he is finally tagged out by Dobbs. The Phillies would then get shut down between the fifth and eighth innings, as they would only get a single and two walks during those four innings. The Padres would then extend their lead in the eighth, as, with two men on and two men outs, Gerut would hit a two-run double, scoring Headley, who has earlier singled, and Gonzalez, who has walked, making it 8-3 Padres. The Phillies would then be put down in the ninth by Brian Falkenborg, as they lose the fifth game of their seven games road trip.

Kyle Kendrick would take the loss, as he would only go three and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits. His record is now 10-7 with a 5.01 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no earned runs on one hit. Scott Eyre would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Les Walrond would pitch two innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Chad Reineke would get his first career win as he goes five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. His record is now 1-0 with a ERA of 5.40. Mike Adams, Clay Hensley, Heath Bell and Brian Falkenborg would each pitch a scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Falkenborg) between them.

The Phillies’ bat would once again go silent in the middle innings after getting three runs off of the rookie Chad Reineke, allowing him to survive a bad first inning to win the game. In fact, the Phillies have not koed a pitcher in a long while, whether a starter or a reliever. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick now have has two straight bad starts, not getting out of the fourth inning both time, as he lost control of his pitches, not being able to get them to go where he needed them to go. And to make things worst, both of his bad outings were seen by his father. Talk about embarrassing. Anyway, after being talken out of the game, he was shown being given a stern talking to by Rich Dubee, who obviously did not like what he was seeing from Kendrick. Hopefully, while he was sitting there listening, whatever Dubee was telling him has gotten into his head. Now that Dubee has done his bad cop bit, who is going to be the good cop? Maybe Jamie Moyer should start thinking about being a future pitching coach now by helping Kendrick with his pitching approach? It certainly couldn’t hurt.

The Phillies (65-58) will play the final game of their three games series with the Padres (48-75, 5th National League West) later tonight. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (5:05 pm Pacific). The Phillies’ starter will be Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.32), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 12, where he would pitch seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. Hamels will for his eighth straight start be trying for his tenth win of the year, hoping that he will finally get it done this time. The Padres will counter with Cha Seung Baek (4-7, 5.20), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Padres’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record at the Phillies’ expense.

The Phillies now trail the Mets by two games while being a game and a half ahead of the Marlins. The Phillies hope to win their first series on the West Coast before coming home for a nine games home stand starting on Tuesday.

Lastly, today is my birthday. I am presently 47 years old. I’m hoping that the Phillies will give me a present of a win against the Padres. Keeping my fingers crossed.