Hamels Keeps It Close
Hamels pitched at least five innings for his 74th consecutive start, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Hamels threw 103 pitches, 70 for strikes, across six innings, striking out six while give up two runs, both earned. Hechavarria hit a two-run triple in the second inning off Hamels, scoring Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco. This was Hamels 25th quality start, ending the year just one behind NL leaders Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright and two ahead of teammate Cliff Lee.
Phillies Out-Hit Marlins, Can’t Piece it Together
The Phillies bats were pretty active Wednesday night but they struggled to string it together to score any runs. The Fightins outhit the Fish 10-6, including three hits from third baseman Freddy Galvis, two from Chase Utley, and two from Domonic Brown but left 15 men on. In a statistical oddity, the Phillies were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position but only scored two runs. Weird.
Pair of Questionable Calls Don’t Decide Outcome
Umpire Dale Scott blew what could have been a pivotal call in the seventh on an Ed Lucas fielder’s choice. This blown call was immediately followed up by CB Bucknor calling Christian Yelich out when Cesar Jimenez tug Yelich out with his bare hand. Very werid.
The Phillies start their final series of the 2013 campaign tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the number one seed in the National League. The Phillies will send Tyler Cloyd to the mound against righty David Hale.