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King Cole dominates, Phils lead now by 4 games in NL East

Cole Hamels, the ace.  He certainly has been pitching like it lately.  And coming into a crucial three game series against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies were looking for Hamels to continue pitching like one.   Hamels is the third part of the three headed monster affectionately called H2O.  The trio of Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt is the scariest top three out of any team in the Majors.  Matched with an offense who continues to carve up starting pitching; this team is making their patented push to the playoffs to hopefully claim their fourth straight NL East title and third consecutive NL pennant.

Tonight, however, the offense wasn’t it’s usual ball punishing self.  With Hamels on the mound, and the way he has been pitching of late, the Phils were in good hands.  Hamels did not disappoint.  He went eight innings allowing only six hits and one run while striking out six taking the win for the 3-1 victory.  That is only the second run he has allowed in his last 39 1/3 innings of work where his ERA is so small I can’t even see it.  In his last five starts his ERA is an astonishing 0.49 which puts his overall at a career best 2.43.  With his performance tonight, he joins the rest of H2O with sub three ERA’s.  Oswalt’s ERA with the Phillies is under two.

Hamels did work from behind giving up a run in the second inning but worked out a two on-bases loaded jam striking out Alex Gonzalez and inducing an inning ending double play by Melky Cabrera.    This just shows how far along Hamels has come from last year and the year before.  Before Hamels could have become frustrated with himself and lost focus.  Tonight he buckled down and went to work.  Each day growing more and more comparisons to his 2008 World Series MVP form.  Something the Phillies will definitely love to see again.

The offense tonight managed only five hits scattered throughout the lineup.  Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz all picked up RBIs for the Fightins.  With those RBIs the Phillies now have seven of their eight regular starters with at least 50 RBIs.  Jimmy Rollins, who has missed a lot of time on the DL, has 37.

The Phillies will send Roy Halladay to the mound tomorrow to try to increase their lead in the NL East, which is now at four games.    Tonight’s win was the team’s eighth straight win.  Since June 21, when the Phillies trailed Atlanta by seven games, the team has gone 42-15 to retake their stake at the top of the NL East.  Now at 90 wins for the season, the Phillies only trail the Yankees (91) for most wins the Majors.

Brad Lidge pitched the ninth inning tonight for his 24th save in 29 chances.  That is his 14th save in his last 15 chances.  Oh and Chooch is leading the team in batting with a .299 average.  Ice cream for everyone!



  1. Philly Texan

    September 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Just a textbook ballgame: Terrific starting pitching, clutch defensive plays, making the other team pay for its mistakes, and a shutdown effort from the closer. That’s winning baseball.

    And just seeing 45,000 rally towels waving again gave me that wonderful exciting feeling i’ve had the past two postseasons.

    Let’s keep it rolling, y’all!

  2. pheeling it

    September 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Great game, even better Cole Hamels!

    Way to find your game again Cole.

    Hamels- 2.93
    Oswalt- 2.90
    The Doc- 2.49

    ….REALLY??? With this offense?


    2010, who woulda guessed? Everyone. LOL!

  3. Bruce

    September 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Great win for the Phillies. That was obviously huge. Magic number is now 8 with 11 to play. In paraphrasing broadcaster, Tom McCarthy’s remarks, he said, it’s a shame that another idiot went out on the field (7th inning) to disrupt such an important game. I got a kick out of what Matt Diaz who played RF and tripped the costumed jerk, said after the game:

    “I saw this idiot coming right at me,” Diaz said. “I figured he’d be better off getting tripped than Tased.” Diaz got an ovation from the crowd and received high-fives from teammates in the dugout.

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  5. Ryan

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 am

    That’s a great quote. I love how famous that tasing incident has become.

  6. biz

    September 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

    The Braves are getting swept.

    Andrew was right. That last series is going to mean nothing. We’ll have home field sewn up. We can rest our big 3 for the playoffs.

    I’d say we have a fantastic chance of winning another WS and being able to legitimately use the term “dynasty”.

  7. bacardipr05

    September 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Cole did an outstanding job I believe he has been out pitching Doc last 10 starts or so. What to do with J-Roll with 14 games left he would need at least 30 or more at bats before he finds any type of swing.

  8. Lefty

    September 21, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Just got back from CBP. What a great defensive effort! As my good friend, professor Andrew, has been know to espouse, hitting and pitching are essential, but defense up the middle wins you championships. Along with some good luck from the baseball gods, THIS defense will win us another championship.

    Start with the steady Chooch calling the perfect mix of pitches and keeping everything under control. Throw in an assist or two from our Gold Glove third baseman and tonight was a dazzling display of diamond wizardry. No spectacular diving plays, just pure athleticism on display. The three double plays were pulled off in magician smooth style. With the great hustling Chase Utley and the elusive Wilson Valdez avoiding runners sliding to crush him, not to mention his rocket of an arm firing to Ryno digging out everything that came his way while steadfastly holding his foot on the bag, it was quite a show to see.

    Even from the highest nosebleeds of Section 416 I had the feeling I was witnessing something really sepcial tonight. Cole and Brad shut them down when they needed to, but Brad’s slider looked to be particularly nasty tonight (from my limited high view), but what I could see was that he certainly had people flailing at pitches as if they had no idea what they were seeing. Just an all around beautiful eye pleasing effort by our fightins. Oh and one more thing


    4 games up, magic number 8- they can’t even tie us for first this series no matter what they do the next two games. We are steamrolling getting it done every night in every imaginable way.

  9. Nunzio Scholeri

    September 21, 2010 at 1:41 am

    3 starters with ERAs under 3. This is phreakin’ amazing, boys and girls.

  10. bfo_33

    September 21, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Great games for Cole, Lidge, and Chooch. The strike zone was hard to figure out – consistently inconsistent, and Cole’s cutter was’t working for him. Instead of gettign frustrated, he worked through it, throwing a few very nice curveballs along the way (while his curve is his 4th best pitch, it looked pretty good last night). Lidge’s fastball was good, his slider was unbelievable.

    I’m not sure Howard sees a strike in this whole series.

    Get Doc the win tonight and end the Braves threat.

  11. Bart Shart

    September 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Another gutty outstanding outing by Cole Hamels. He has been spectacular and clutch. Tonight we watch Roy Halladay go for win #20 and let’s hope the offense wakes up. We may need some long ball.

  12. Kate

    September 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

    King Cole found his class along with his command and composure in the off-season. See him thanking the ump as he exited the game? According to McCarthy, it’s the same guy who ejected him after Cole b*tched him out last year.

    It’s like Cole Hamels is correcting each one of his 2009 mistakes one-by-one on his way back to the top.

    Eleven pitches and a one-two-three inning for Brad Lidge. You can’t ask for anything better.

    (Well, maybe that jerk getting tasered after Matt Diaz tripped him, but that’s beside the point.)

  13. charlie

    September 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Lidge’s slider looked nasty last night. Wooooooooooooooohooooooooooooo

  14. Brooks

    September 21, 2010 at 8:22 am

    16-3 in the month of September. Now that is clutch baseball!

    Can you believe the whining we’re hearing from the Braves? Management saying the Phils are playing dirty, lining up our 3 top pitchers for the 2 series, complaints about the size of the ball park – unreal.

  15. Lewisauce

    September 21, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Lidge slider is the ’08 slider. It was downright filthy last night.

    Lidge fastball is still the ’09 meatball, floating in around 88-90 mph. Maybe adrenaline will allow him to put more mustard on it in the postseason?

    Concentrate on tonight, and it’s bye-bye Bravos. (Their 10,000 fans will be upset.)

    (And no offense to PN, but was this game summary posted from a Blackberry, while inside a bar, after a twelve-pack? It’s barely English.)

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  17. teejvee

    September 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I would much rather have seen Jurrjens last night than Beachey.

    I knew after the first batter last night he was going to be trouble.

  18. Brooks

    September 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Given that Cholly has put the big 3 in line to pitch both series vs the Braves, I am assuming that either KK or JB will get 1 start in the remaining 11 games. At this point, who would you rather see twice?
    9/23 – off day
    NYM – 9/24 – KK
    NYM – 9/25 – JB
    NYM – 9/26 – Cole
    Nats – 9/27 – Doc
    Nats – 9/28 – Oswalt
    Nats – 9/29 – KK
    9/30 – off day
    Atl – 10/01 – Cole
    Atl – 10/02 – Doc
    Atl – 10/03 – Oswalt
    or since you have a day off (9/23), do you start JB on the 24th and let him have 2 starts?
    Of course another scenario is if the Phils tie this one up this series, give either one of our big 3 a blow at the end of the regular season Worley)?
    Hard to predict the rotation, it has changed frequently this year.

  19. Chuck

    September 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Typical teejvee. I see you haven’t lost your touch at complaining about just about anything….

    The Phillies WIN the game to go up by four….and you’re b!tching about the Braves starting pitcher??


  20. teejvee

    September 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

    There was no bitc&ing or complaining. You’re projecting.

    If you don’t like what I post, just kindly move along and STFU.

  21. Brooks

    September 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    STFU, original teejvee –
    What did you mean about trouble with Beachboy? They are the ones that had trouble, they got in the path of the buzzsaw Hamels.

  22. Chuck

    September 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I just don’t get it, that’s all. Who really cares whether Jurrjens, Beachy or Bobby Cox himself was on the mound? The bottom line is that the Phillies won a very big game and now have a 4 game lead.

  23. Manny

    September 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

    “Better than tripped than tased.” HAHAHAH… I guess he’s right…

    King Cole.

    Can’t believe CHOOOOOCH is hitting .299… NO ONE, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE IN THE WORLD (except for Charlie and Chooch’s family) saw that coming. To think that CHOOCH could finish a season batting around .300 is just… unbelievable.

  24. Chuck

    September 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Not sure what was more entertaining…

    Matt Diaz’ trip and comments about it, Jayson Werth’s reaction at home plate, or Charlie’s comments during his press conference after the game.

    All classic stuff.

  25. teejvee

    September 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Chuck if you don’t care, don’t comment. Who cares what you think of my post? I sure don’t.

  26. Bob in Bucks

    September 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Woooooohoooo! Going to the game tonight. Got my email that the playoff/WS tickets will be delivered today!

    Will get my cheesesteak and rally towel – what more can you ask for?

  27. Brooks

    September 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Will be there too Bob – did not get my email though
    tee – you are over reacting and sound like your under 13 by doing so.

  28. teejvee

    September 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hamels is a serious candidate for Comeback Player of the Year.

    The favorite? Brett Myers.


    September 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm


  30. Lefty

    September 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I’m very much in favor of giving the big three a break at the end if possible. I’m not convinced it’s possible yet, because it would be very unusual and difficult to keep winning at a better than .800 pace. So if we come down to earth and play .550-.600 ball the rest of the way, there may be no chance to give them a blow.

    But for planning purposes, if they CAN rest, I say let them.

  31. psujoe

    September 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Awesome game by Cole. How about Valdez and the job he’s doing in the field for JRoll. A great under the radar signing by RAJ. He’s head and shoulders above Castro.

    I still can’t see or post comments on my Iphone since the server change. it has to be a simple configurable in wordpress. Please help because I head to my man cave around 8:30 and can no longer enjoy Philliesnation.


  32. Chuck

    September 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I wonder if that server change is why other posters, like Don M and Georgie, haven’t been on here? If so it’s a shame because they’re two of the more credible “voices” we have…

    When it happened I had problems seeing my comments…but that was from my laptop at work. Now it’s fine.

  33. betasigmadeltashag

    September 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I to think that Cole has been the best of the King Cole and the Roy-al Court since the All-Start game, Hopefully the one extra day for Doc will do him some good tonight. I would like to see all three just have to pitch 4 or 5 innings in the last games in The ATL to end the season. Be up four going into that series would be key. I also love what Valdez has done, not only in the field but he has had some clutch hits also, his average after the 7th inning is pretty good and his RISP is not that bad either for a guy hitting .259. He does have a canon for an arm.
    Love watching King Cole pitch, he is head and shoulders above what he was even 2 years ago
    And to all you who were hating on him all last year and the begining of this season, when he was working on his Cutter and getting hit around a little, now you are all back on his bandwagon, now he is a 3 plus pitch pitcher with an average curve that can be a nasty pitch only throwing in 4-5 times a game. 117 pitches 8 innings 6 hits 1 run, it really does not get any better than that

  34. branderson

    September 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    yeah Chooch batting around .300 is certainly remarkable.

    I feel like a lot of the fanbase now can’t remember back when he hit a dismal .240. at that point I was still like, whatever, the man can field and call games

    GO CHOOCH, GO COLE and GO HALLADAY (get win 20, build your CY case)

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