Cole Hamels was dealing for a third consecutive start, and the righties did their damage, leading to a clean 7-1 win over the Cubs. It was the first Phillies series win, and they can sweep the set today at the Vault.
Hamels was fantastic, going seven frames and allowing one hit. Pedro Feliz knocked a homer and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both finally beat Ted Lilly â the former with a jam-shot double and the latter with a towering homer.
Now it’s Jamie Moyer going up against the team that drafted him four months before I was born. Jason Marquis goes against the Phils. Jimmy Rollins is likely to sit this one again, Shane Victorino is on the 15-day DL and Chris Snelling is on the 25-man roster, available today. With all the juggling at the top of the order, Geoff Jenkins will hit leadoff for the first time in his career.
Phillies: Jamie Moyer (1-0), 4.66 ERA
Cubs: Jason Marquis (0-0), 6.75 ERA
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
Weather: 55 degrees, mostly sunny
Your gameday beer: With the old-school Moyer on the hill, a Midwestern team in town, and a few tough injuries hampering the team, on this dreary Sunday, nothing will taste sweeter than an old favorite, Pabst Blue Ribbon. Don’t be fooled â PBR is a good beer. It’s smoother and tastier than any macrobrew out there, and you can drink a few today, because, hey, we may need it.