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Hamels Leads Phillies to Series Win Over Rockies

Hamels was Hamels on Sunday. (AP)

The Phillies started off their six-game, post-all-star break road trip by winning the opening series against the Rockies. On Sunday, Cole Hamels shut down Colorado, leading the Phillies to a 5-1 victory. It was the first series victory for the Phillies since they beat Colorado at home nearly a month ago – June 19, 20, and 21.


-Cole Hamels is being watched. He doesn’t seem to mind much, because he turned in an excellent performance as scouts reportedly looked on in Denver. Hamels held the Rockies to one run and six hits over eight innings, grabbing his 11th win of the season – one that could be his final as a Phillie. Over his 111 pitches, Hamels threw 71 strikes – he fanned seven and walked one.

-Not to be overly-dramatic, but there is a real possibility that the Phillies deal Hamels before the July 31 deadline.

Early on, Hamels struggled to keep the Rockies off the basepaths, but came away unscathed. His best inning was likely the fourth when it took just four pitches to get through. After 23 pitches in the first, Hamels settled down to get through eight. That’s what the greats do.

-In the eighth inning, he was still at his best. He allowed the leadoff hitter to get aboard, but ran through the next three hitters, including Carlos Gonzalez, getting the all-star to strike out.

-Antonio Bastardo finished off the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, needing just seven pitches, all strikes, to end it. As Ryan Lawrence pointed out via twitter, Bastardo entered the game with a 5.34 ERA in 34 games this year; through 34 games last year, he had a 0.87 ERA. They need him to recapture that 2011 magic if they want to hold off some teams in the late innings down the stretch.

-That’s exactly the kind of game the Phillies envisioned throughout this season; the ace goes eight and hands it off to a worthy bullpen, who seals it. That hasn’t been the case, but Sunday in Denver was just what they wanted to see.


-Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies the lead in the top of the first inning, knocking in Shane Victorino who reached third on a triple. It was Chooch’s 50th RBI of the season. As Tom McCarthy pointed out in the booth, Ruiz is hitting .430 on the season during the first three innings of the game.

He continued the fun in the fourth inning, doubling high off the wall the opposite way to right-center field. He would then move up on a ground out by Ty Wigginton and a sac fly by Placido Polanco to make it 2-0 Phillies. The man does it all. Ruiz finished the game 2-for-4 and is hitting .353 on the season and his OPS sits at 1.007.

-Hunter Pence came through in a big spot in the fifth inning, launching a long, three-run home run off Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz. It was Pence’s 17th home run of the season. It also could be a resume booster for Pence, who might be a trade candidate as well if the Phils decided to sell off some big parts in the coming days.


-Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that there were several scouts on hand to watch Hamels start in Denver. Among the scouts there was Texas Rangers super scout Don Welke, formerly a Phillies employee under Pat Gillick.

-Shane Victorino is reportedly being scouted, as well. There are a number of teams being mentioned as possible suitors for Victorino, including the Dodgers, Reds, and Pirates.

-The Phillies head to L.A. for three with the Dodgers starting Monday night. Roy Halladay will start Tuesday.

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    July 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Time to say goodbye to Cole and Shane. All we are hearing about a last-minute deal is bullshit. Amaro and the boys will make a big deal about Hamels turning a great deal down, and all that hoopla will be to minimize criticism. Hamels offer will be lackluster and he would be stupid to accept it.

    Soooooo, be prepared to say goodby to Cole. Then to Victorino, then to Placido then to Juan Pierre. We will be stuck with utility players and a recuperating Howard and Utley. Wigginton will play all corner positions. Don’t be surprised if we lose Pence, as well.

    Amaro’s foolish spending will be exposed and he will be fired at the end of the year and the Phils will bring back Ed Wade. A true organizational nightmare !!!

    • Brooks

      July 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      With what you are predicting Bart – it sounds like doom and gloom and perhaps a 90 loss season.

  2. Red McNertney

    July 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I agree with Bart on this one. Right on target, Mr. Shart.

  3. Devin

    July 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    If we’re going to trade anybody (and obviously, we are) it should be Pence. Pence provides less to the team, and because he’s under control for longer than Vic we’d get more back in assets.

  4. Mazinman

    July 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Pence is not going anywhere. This is not a team that is going to decide to blow everything up and start over. My guess is that the ownership group rather likes leading MLB in attendance and they are not going to risk that by not being competitive next year. Everyone who will be a free agent after this season is under discussion for being traded. Everyone else I think the Phils hang on to.

  5. Brooks

    July 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    OK, so the Phils found a team that is actually worse than they are. This schedule will be getting tough for the next few weeks. Hold on kids.

  6. David

    July 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I expect Hamels to be traded before the deadline. The Phillies will just have to try and make up the loss somehow. Remember Vance Worley wasn’t expected to do much when he was brought up. So maybe Cloyd or someone else will be a pleasent surprise.

    Regarding trading Victorino, if the Phillies had traded him last year, they would have gotten a lot for him. I don’t know which of the potential playoff teams would be in the market for him based on his first 90 games this season. For the last two games, he has been a plus for the Phillies. For the last month and a half, he has really been in a funk.

    Polanco really has little trade value now. A sure handed third baseman and seocnd baseman. But the bat hasn’t really been there except for brief flashes since he was injured last year. Fontenot probably has a better bat at this point.

    Pierre is exciting to watch. The score on the wild pitch against Baltimore was fantastic. The bunb double against Florida. Wow! I really appreciate his skils. A team wanting a pinch hitter who can get on base or a pinch runner would want Piere.

    • Brooks

      July 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Line up the positives and then the negatives. I think no matter how you look at it, Juan Pierre has been one of the most positive factors for any success the Phils have fostered so far this year. Hamels another.

      Keep them both.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

      David hey! did you see that the orioles were inquiring about polanco? i saw that on mlb trade rumors and the phils website! he’d be gone yesterday ! i would’ve told them give us a list of players available and took the best one DONE! if he ends up leaving all we would get is a draft pick which could take a few years to develope. if the gave us a list of AA or AAA players then you’re looking at maybe 1 to 2 years. do it ! i mean whats he have 18- 20 rbi? that’s. if he’s still here for defense that’s dumb. we have a few players in the minors they would give us more offense than he’s given us. and they should send dinglberry out too! bring up leandro castro! how much worse can he be with the bat? if your not gonna do anything this year then start positioning the team for next year. if some of the kids help and look promising then that’s one thing you don’t have to address and can concentrate on any other weakness. ( BULLPEN)

  7. Red McNertney

    July 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    The keys to the future are Hamels. Howard and Utley. They are the cornerstones, as well as Ruiz and Halladay. What Howard and Utley do for the remainder of the year is paramount. They don’t need to put the world on fire, just show they are well on the road to rehabilitation.
    Hamels is 28. If he cannot be signed, then the Phils are in trouble. Amaro is to blame for that. Right now, I am heating up the tar and collecting the feathers if he happens to be run out of town. Which he very well may be and will deserve. Shart called it right.

    • loupossehl

      July 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Utley a key to the future? Sure, if your sport is wheelchair basketball.

  8. Psujoe

    July 16, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I believe Cole will be signed. Get what you can for the others. Brown is getting healthy. I’d love to see him the last two months.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

      yea joe. i’m not a big brown fan but yo can he be any worse? just friggin do it! do something!

  9. artemis

    July 16, 2012 at 3:14 am

    IMO, they will do everything they can to sign Hamels. A lot of the other pieces that can be sold , will be sold or traded.

  10. teejvee

    July 16, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Agree artemis. IF they don’t sign him, it won’t be for lack of trying. One thing you can never accuse the Phiilies of is being cheap when they want their man.

  11. Maggie

    July 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Both relief and siarttng pitching should be the focus this offseason. I’d like Myers back in the rotation, with Hamels and Kendrick. I look for Moyer to possibly retire. That leaves 2 openings and 1 is for ass-face Adam Eaton. If I’m the Phils I give Eaton a strict workout program ato adhere to this offseason as well as watching tape and working with a pitching coach because we need him to improve next season. The bullpen is the big question mark. Madson, Geary, and Gordon will be back and hopefully they can re-sign Romero.I’d love to get Mike Lowell at 3rd, who is good defensively and offensively.Hopefully No-Hit Nunez is gone too, meaning they’ll need to find a utility infielder who can backup SS/2B.

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