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Hamels Escapes Late Jam, Phils Hang On For 4-2 Win

Hamels was the Hamels that earned the nine-figure deal last year in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the second inning with one out to begin what looked like a long night for former teammate Cole Hamels. The two met again in an epic bases loaded, two-out encounter in the eighth inning. Hamels had given up two singles followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Hamels got Ryan Zimmerman to chase high heat for the second out. Werth had a chance to put the Nats ahead with a second inning repeat.

On his 110th pitch of the evening, shortly after Charlie Manuel left Hamels laughing after a mound visit, Hamels got Werth to fly out to Ben Revere and effectively end the only Washington Nationals threat of the night. Antonio Bastardo closed out the Nats in the ninth after giving up a run to pick up his second save.

Hamels was every bit the ace he is advertised to be against the division rival Nats, allowing only earned run, six hits, striking out four, and walking only one.

The Bats Stay Hot

Aside from Carlos Ruiz, every Phillies starter had at least one hit tonight. Chase Utley hit his 14th double of the year and was knocked in via a Domonic Brown single in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Young hit the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Darin Ruf has extended his hitting streak to four games while Revere’s two hits put him at .302 and firmly sixteenth in the NL in batting average as of press time. The trade for Revere continues to look like a major steal for the Phillies.

Winning Ways Continue

The Phillies win was their third in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the present homestand. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 8, all against teams with records above .500 and look to take their fourth in a row tomorrow as Cliff Lee takes the hill against former Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez.



  1. DavidE

    July 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Great job by Cole Hamels tonight. Two great pitching performances in a row.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      July 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Ditto. Plus the offense scored more than three runs – another plus.

  2. Lefty

    July 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Nice game, nice week. We’re getting no help from the Fish, but I guess that’s to be expected.

  3. bacardipr

    July 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Ruf is a K machine. He can hit but has to bring down them K’s. Probably looking at epic SO ratio w Ruf.

    • DavidE

      July 10, 2013 at 12:46 am

      If Ruf doesn’t work out, they just have to try another option. I think he will do okay.

  4. DavidE

    July 10, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Good news from Lehigh Valley tonight. Tyler Cloyd finally had a good performance pitching 7 innings of shutout ball against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Eric Kratz went 2 for 4 in a rehab assignment. It seems Kratz will be back soon.

  5. jake

    July 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I like to see the Phillies winning but I fear that some mid-july run will only embolden RAJ to not make the changes that are required for the long term health of this team.

    • schmenkman

      July 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Occasional commenter joecatz has a different perspective over at the good phight that might help. For example:

      “It doesn’t mean that they’ll do it every year, nor does it mean that you should expect them to. But to believe for an instant that they’ll sell if they’re anywhere near .500 at the deadline is just silly talk. Not this group. And to believe that they’ll sell off and rebuild with young guys and stock the farm system with a bunch of lottery tickets is kind of crazy talk.

      And you should be HAPPY ABOUT THAT!”

  6. teejvee

    July 10, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I think the only guy being traded at the deadline is M Young.The Phillies right now are in buy mode.

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    July 10, 2013 at 6:56 am

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  8. Brooks

    July 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

    It was a good night for a baseball game.
    Sorry if I was anticipating one of those meltdowns that we have seen way too frequently from Cole this year. But he held up, judos!
    Ruf seems OK defensively but we really could use something other than a singles hitter with nobody on base…

    • George

      July 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

      I’ll gladly take a singles hitter with no one on, because it PUTS someone one. It’s aspecially good when there’s nobody out.

      So many people complain when Phils hitters don’t take on 3-0 because they need baserunners in certain situations, it surprises me that anyone would gripe about a guy getting on base once in every three at-bats (and right now, Ruf has been on even more frequently than that!).

      • Hogey's Role

        July 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

        I agree, I’ll take singles.. a hit is a hit

      • c. schreiber

        July 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        Totally agree George, even if he strikes out the same ration as Ryan, he seems to be a better and smoother fielder, faster on his feet (not a base clogger as Ryan was) and I’m looking for him to hit for a better average than Howard. So what’s the problem????

  9. Mike P

    July 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I say we give Darin Ruf a little more time before we start labeling him this or that.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 10, 2013 at 9:34 am


  10. Immenceinteta

    July 10, 2013 at 8:06 am


  11. Chuck A.

    July 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Someone mentioned “buy mode”??? Yeah…Ricky Bo mentioned just that on Postgame Live last night. He said that last week at this time they were thinking “sell” and now …a week and a 6-2 record against good teams later…they should probably be thinking about how they can go out and get an 8th inning guy.

    I would also agree that M Young should be the trade bait. Seriously…the dude is ok, he can hit some (but not much power) and he’s a proven professional. A winner. Nice guy, too. But he can’t field worth a lick really. I would think we could get away with some sort of Frandsen/Galvis combo at third, moving Frandsen to 1st on occasion as well.

    • loupossehl

      July 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Given Chuck A’s description of Michael Young – which sounds pretty good to me – he’s better than what we had at 3B, and pretty much what we thought he would be. So he’s a good but not perfect solution. As trade bait, therefore, he stands to provide a solution (?) at some other position that will also be kinda OK but not really a major upgrade. So unless the Redsox or somebody else want to do something stupid trade-wise, to our benefit, why “go there”?

      We’re maybe a year or at most two years away from a bona fide answer at 3B, i.e., Asche and Franco. Michael Young, in terms of his age and overall capability, strikes me as the kind of transition guy we want at 3B, until one of the young guys is ready to take over. And Young is probably the type of senior-leader individual who’s good for the team, especially now that we have some younger guys (OMG!!!) in the lineup.

      Remember the thing about how another 3B – David Bell – was a plus because he was a good-in-the-clubhouse guy? We now have that type of guy, only he’s better than David Bell. The team shows real signs of coming around. Why mess with it – at 3B, in any case.

  12. Fritz

    July 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Chemistry is a wonderful thing.Especially if we can keep hitting. I wouldn’t sell anyone just yet.

  13. Bob D

    July 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    If they go into buy mode get a RF & a reliever or two.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Agree we definitely need a better rf and at least one good reliever..

    • George

      July 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

      A reliever might be obtainable on the cheap, but a GOOD right fielder might cost too many prospects. Remember what was given up for Hunter Pence?

      • Lefty

        July 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Exactly, and we already know what you get when you try to get an OF on the cheap. (Delmon) . So better off just looking for relief help.

        Take anyone that pitched terribly last year and they’ll do, sign em up. With maybe 10 exceptions all these guys seem to pitch good one year, bad the next, – it’s an unusual cycle. Chad Durbin will pitch great for someone – next year, as Chad Qualls has done in Miami this year. Just kidding of course, but it does seem to work that way.

      • loupossehl

        July 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        The dissatisfaction runs so deep that in Florida or at least in Miami, they’re back to hanging Chads.

        (That pun was so bad, I may never forgive myself.)

  14. Lefty

    July 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    MLBTR is reporting that the Phillies are focused on buying, according to rival teams that have spoken with RA Jr.

  15. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    One reason the Nats were so anticipated at season’s start was this 3 headed monster of Stras, Gio and JZ. If the Phils win toight, Zimmerman has a chance to add to those that consider him the Nats best pitcher. Avoiding a sweep, nding the losing streak, all that good stuff.

    That would be a little overplayed, to take nothing away from that really fine pitcher.

    Zimmerman should be EXPECTED to win. Not because he matches up against a weaker pitcher, or any one of a multitude of other reasons, but because tonight ends a string of 3 straight lefties the Phils will have thrown at this lefty pathetic Washington club.

    So Zimmerman would get credit, whch is okay, but not exactly right whereas if Gio is able to lead his club to a win, against Cliff, THAT is the stuff that more so carries a stooper label in caps and bold.

    Winning tonight shouldn’t be taken lightly since the Phils have found 486 reasons to lose games they have won this year, but beating a Zimmerman behind Kendrick might say a little more than just a W in the win column.

    Tomorrow’s especially compelling, but this one tonight is well worth the sole focus for now. My biggest question going in is will Charlie stay righthanded 5-8.

  16. TheDipsy

    July 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The sucker trap. The not good enough thinking they might be good enough and then going off and trades pieces of the future to try and win now. This is exactly what I was afraid of. Look…I want the Phils to win…..I do. But I don’t want them to trade an Asche or Hernandez for a middle reliever or some crap like that. The chances of the Phils going to the the playoffs are so remote that trading away young assets to try and get there would present a POOR cost/benefit proposition.

    I’m not saying throw in the towel. If we keep our guys and we get to within, say 3 games, of a WC spot then the rules say you have to go for it. You may not like it but you have to swallow hard and make trades to try and get there because “you’ll never know when you might be there again”. Plus, one could make the argument that you would owe it to guts like Utley and Lee, etc.

    Relax. A lot of bad things can still happen between now and the deadline 🙂

    The Dipsy

    • George

      July 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      My own feeling is that if the Phils do buy, they’re going to do it with pieces they don’t have much faith in. Some might even be on the 25 man roster. They could also possibly trade some catching, a position where they have more than one prospect. I can see M.Young going, possibly Ruiz, D.Young, and Nix (although the latter two wouldn’t bring back much). Maybe some of the troublesome relievers will be eyed as “change of scenery” candidates by other teams, and they could go, too. Aumont might fit that description.

      I don’t think they’ll be foolish enough to trade guys who might be needed next year, like Hernandez or either of the minor league third basemen.

      Most of the recent trades by Amaro have been pretty lousy, and have cost too much, but those traded were years away. He usually doesn’t dump guys who are close to the majors. It’s also likely he’s learned from some of his mistakes. (If he hasn’t, he’s the idiot of the century.)

  17. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    This Jacob Turner is but one of a few examples of why playing Miami in H2 is a fair amount different than earlier on. That statement is subject to change if and when all the trade rumors and maybe suspensions create a really changed field.

    Throwing well against the maybe they will, maybe they won’t Braves, Turner takes advantage of a 4 run Fish first outburst, and is throwing a fine game against Atlanta. And he adds a triple to his reume as the Fish threaten to expand the 3 run lead. 4-1 Fish on a roll as they play B4, probably before about 7,500 actual bodies at If We Build It, They Might Come Park.

  18. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Wel I’ll be gol danged.

    All time baseball franchise rankings, and where the first to lose 10,000 games placed.

    I kept looking up, and looking up, and figured great, I have to backtrack cause I surely missed something.


  19. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Yo, hk,

    If you stumble across this….

    Let’s go back to the off season, and as I recall, you wanted the money spent on M Young applied to the likes of an Annibel Sanchez because for what Young would give the Phils, Fransden was representative value, and the funds would be better spent elsewhere. I think I got that generally right.

    So far this season, we might get varying degrees of agreement/disagreement on whether Young has provided value of his expense. I think by and large, respcting the man’s contributions as well as his shortcomings, I think it’s reasonable to conclude your point would be a more winning one than not. And that’s not even taking into account Doc’s disappearance, although Pettibone (at least to me) has been a pretty pleasant surprise, and KK’s done what most expected, which is a good thing..

    So I look back at your point as having been pretty good foresight even though in my view, Young has done about a little better than half decent job (good on base, lousy middle order results, defense pretty close to adequate, little to the negative side).

    But here’s where it gets interesting.

    Even if the Phils are a net stand still/buyer, (or I suppose even seller) it’s still not too late to extend out the transaction and for Ruben to wind up with more than he would have ignoring Young and playing Fransden and having signed Sanchez if he moves Mike. We’ll see how logic and calm prevail, but Mike might be attractive in the last minute mart and enable Rube to acquire good talent. That’s an if, of course. Big if, but not impossible. Perhaps at that point, we might better evaluate the Young acquisition, but to this point, your thoughts look decent enough.

    Hang with Cole. I know you have patience with him, and enjoyed last night.

  20. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Ryan Howard’s knee was operated on this morning.

    Follow up media reports are misleading.

    Most are reporting a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.

    Sources are reporting the operation was performed by Dr. Southpaw. Expect Piece back in 8 weeks.

    Whata great time for the Vegas boys to post a line on who’s back first…Howard or Halladay. Take Halladay. The bigger question is will they recognize the faces in the clubhouse. Now that concensus has powerfully swung away from the sell side, you know how that goes.

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