2012 Gameday

Hamels Shuts Out Marlins in 4-0 Win

PHOTO: AP

Cole Hamels was stellar. He tossed his second straight complete game shutout, this time against yet another NL East opponent in the Marlins. He gave up six hits, one walk, and punched out five.  Here’s his line:  9.0 IP/6 H/0 R/0 ER/1 BB/5 K. Here are some other story lines from tonight’s game:

MARLINS WOES OVER?

The Phillies lost their last five against the Marlins, but snapped that streak tonight with the win.

Cole Hamels, who had three losses against the Marlins this year and a ERA in the 5’s, tossed a gem. Maybe the woes against the Marlins this year could be coming to an end.

GOOD SIGNS FROM BROWN AND PIERRE

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is keeping watch of Domonic Brown this year. He’s given him a spot and it looks like he may finally be on the MLB club for good. Tonight, Brown showed some good signs with two hits, a run and a walk. He also had an outfield assist.

Juan Pierre, who was losing playing time with the addition of Nate Shierholtz, was 3-5 with a triple, a run, and an RBI.

COLE. HAMELS.

I know I’ve mentioned his name a lot already, but he deserves it. He was outstanding for the second straight start. His ERA is now below 3 and is seriously looking like one of the top left-handers in MLB again. So far, that new contract of his is looking better and better. This was his 12th career complete game.

He’s never had more than two in a single season, and this is his second in a row. He did not allow an extra base hit until Giancarlo Stanton‘s double with two outs in the ninth inning. The second straight shutout extends his scoreless inning streak to 22 innings.

This man is on fire.

GAME NOTES:

The Phillies take on the Marlins again tomorrow at 7:10 with Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) taking the mound for the Phillies and Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) taking the mound for the Marlins.

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