2011 Game Recaps

Hamels throws CG, collects two hits

Sometimes it is hard to forget your first.  For Cole Hamels, that is all he wants to do.

In his first start of the season, Hamels only lasted 2.2 innings allowing six runs on seven hits.  Since that first start against the Mets, he has worked 37 innings and allowed only six runs.  Tonight he went the full nine, allowed only five hits and struck out six.  After going the distance tonight, his ERA is down to 2.66 and he is 4-1 for the season.

The Four Aces are now 13-5 and have thrown four complete games.  That is four complete games in the team’s first 28 games.  In 2008, the team had four CG the whole season.

Hamels was on point the whole night.  His fastball was crisp regularly hitting 93 on the radar.  With the offense cooling off the past couple games Hamels figured he would get into the action.  Hamels roped a triple off the right field wall just out of the reach of Jayson Werth for the Phillies first hit.  Jimmy Rollins, back in his lead spot, scored Hamels with an RBI single to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

The Phillies erupted for 12 hits today off Nationals starter Livan Hernandez and his relievers.  Raul Ibanez broke an 0 for 35 slump hitting two doubles in four at bats.  Joining the two hit club with Hamels and Ibanez was Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Ryan Howard.  Placido Polanco went hitless for the first time in 12 games ending his 11 game hitting streak.  He did have an RBI sac fly.

In Hamels last nine starts against the Nationals, the Phillies are 9-0.  Hamels in those games; 6-0 with 2.73 ERA.  Overall Hamels is 10-3 against the Nats.  Since his awful outing against the Mets, Hamels has has gone at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last five starts.

Worth noting: Rollins picked up two hits and an RBI from the lead off spot.  Victorino fit in perfectly batting second also picking up two hits.  Rollins also had his first triple of the season, as did Hamels.

The single that Hamels picked up in the ninth inning off reliever Henry Rodriguez was on a 98 mph fastball.

Jayson Werth tipped his batting helmet to the home crowd before his first at bat and received a standing ovation.  Cheers quickly turned into jeers as he miss played Rollins hit in the corner.

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  1. bacardipr05

    May 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    We might have to bump up Cole to Ace of Aces. He is on par with Halladay better than Lee. Lee has looked good but not great. Plus he can hit a 98 MPH fastball.

  2. Andrew from waldorf

    May 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Cole is the young gun. And the one we probably would liek to have locked down long term. And has the most wins in front of him probably.

    But

    He isnt in Halladays league. No one on the planet is right now.
    He is Gretzky or Jordan or Chamberlain or superman at their peak.
    The best player in his prime I have ever seen in any sport.

    I really want one more world series win for big Roy and the old man. Then I may retire myself.

    Whats the news on Oswalts next start and Ruizs back?

  3. Dropped Strike Three

    May 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Dropped the ERA below 3.00… like calling my own shot! Now let’s keep it there, Cole! 4 wins at this point in the season has to feel like a dozen to Hamels!

    • Andrew from waldorf

      May 4, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Next time they play the Senators I will bet his ERA goes down too.
      ESP if Zimmermann is still out

  4. Bruce

    May 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Phillies keep rolling along; now with the best record in the NL at 19-9. Pitching, pitching and more pitching..you got to love it.

    Nice to see Rollins leading off again and it paid off tonight for the team. The manager knows he is the ‘sparkplug’ for the team and the offense needs that spark after the anemic effort of the last game which they scored 1 run in 14 innings. Rollins has now reached base successfully in 26 of the first 28 games. Tonight 2 hits (including his 99th triple of his career) and a walk plus his 6th stolen base of the season.

    It is also good to see Ibanez snapped his o-fer ABs with two doubles. Lets hope that will be a positive sign in ending the prolonged slum. It appears he is seeing the pitch better by keeping his head on it rather than jerking away. Also it’s not how hard you swing the bat but rather the timing on the thrown pitch. Rauu..u..u..l 🙂

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    May 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Rollins also sucks in the 3 hole.
    So it makes it an easy move to the 1 hole easy.

    1 or 8 hole

    In an ideal world without egos and expectations and MVP awards you could slide him in the 8 hole and be happy with his glove.

    I know this will never happen etc etc. Just saying he is worth it for the glove and other things he brings to play SS and hit 8th for a pretty good amount of money.

  6. bacardipr05

    May 4, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I dont know Andrew Cole has been hot last few games.

  7. Lefty

    May 4, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hamels v Halladay is really a silly argument because they are team mates, but I’ll put my .02 in.
    I saw Halladay in DC a few weeks ago from a seat very close to the field. He IS Superman, He is Chuck Norris like. I’ve never seen a pitcher that commands his pitches the way the good doctor does, to the point that there is no way he doesn’t win two of every three games he pitches at least. But that’s only one small part of his game. The way Roy fields his position is unbelievable, he doesn’t look at a foul pop up and stick his finger up in the air, HE GOES AND GETS IT! He hustles to first every time (talking to you Antonio B) allowing Howard to make diving plays knowing that Doc is going to be there to cover the bag.

    He breaks bats and then STANDS IN there with big chunks of wood projectiles flying at him, AND BATS THEM DOWN with his arms glove, and elbows. I literally was 30 yards from him, and saw him do these things. What an athlete, and I didn’t even mention that the guy can hit, he can lay down a perfect bunt if that’s what’s called for, and then hustles like he thinks he’s going to beat them out. The man is unbelievable. I see at least another 20-10, sub 2.50 ERA, 6-8 CG type season from him this year.

    Cole is clearly learning the “Halladay way” and he looked great again last night, but he’s not there yet in terms of his fielding. His hitting is amazing, but he needs to bunt better. But his plate command has been superb, the change is unhittable, and he may even win more games than Doc this year, but in terms of competitive spirit, he’s always going to be a step behind Big Roy because Doc will never let him catch up. What wonderful competitive efforts these guys give us night in and out. Can’t wait till little Roy gets back, and Cliff gave a great effort last time out in a no decision.

  8. Chuck

    May 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I really seems as though Cole Hamels has changed. A LOT. His whole demeanor. Not that he wasn’t competitive in 2008 when we won it all. But it just seems that he’s growing up a bit. Maybe it’s just the natural thing when we as humans age. Or maybe it’s fatherhood. And I’m sure that Halladay has rubbed off on him the past two years. Whatever it is, though, it’s great to see.

  9. Manny

    May 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    COLE IS THE $HIT. Extend him asap!! We cannot let this guy leave the Phillies. He’s the present and he’s the future. That triple he got was just a couple inches from being a HR. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit one out this year… Excellent game for King Cole.

    And it was so great seeing Raul get out of his slump with two doubles! Man, he needed that…

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    May 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Cole came out and did what he is suppose to do and after a 14 inning game gave the bull pen an extra day off. I like JRoll leading off he just likes it better and it is where he belongs. I know Charlie wants to keep the speed at the top of the line up, but I really do not agree with moving PP out of the second spot,he is the perfect two hole hitter. I’ve said it before and I think with Ryan batting four, Raul or Ben or Mayberry could benifit from hitting 3rd, just because they will get better pitches to hit because you are going to get more fastballs or the pitchers strike pitch so as to not walk you adding guys on base for Ryan. And moving Vic down to six or seven gives you more production from the bottom of the order. Along with some speed down there. Also I am not too keen on the strict platoon of Valdez and Orr, especially with Marteniz being a rule 5 guy, would like to see him get some at bats. But it was a good day and it was nice to see the fans give credit for four good years of service to Jayson Wreth.

  11. TheDipsy

    May 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

    It’s all puppydogs and candycanes when Jimmy actually does hit outta the one spot and Raul actually provides some production. The lineup looks great. I am gonna totally sound like a Debbi Downer but, the lineup works likes this maybe once a week, and thats not enough. Very happy to see Jimmy play well, though. Yup, Cole is really becoming a man. He’s really a carbon copy of Tom Glavine right now, in every way.

    BTW, is Riggleman totally the worst manager in the world or what? Pitching to Howard in that spot????? OMG, he should be thrown in jail for that. Livian should have pitched around or better yet walked him with base open. Calling pitch outs on a 2-1 count???? Brilliant. What a dope.

    The Dipsy

    • Lefty

      May 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      @Dipsy – Not only did he call a pitch out on a 2-1 count, he did it with a pitcher that had clearly already demonstrated lack of command, I agree, he’s a poor manager.

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