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Phillies Beat the Braves in 13 Innings

A matchup that was pegged to be a pitchers duel on paper lived up to the hype Monday night as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-1 in 13 innings.

The Phillies got things going offensively in the top of the second inning as Ryan Howard launched his 12th HR to dead center field to give the Phillies the 1-0 lead. After that both starting pitchers went tit-for-tat as Cole Hamel, and Braves starter Julio Teheran, put on a pitching clinic. Cole Hamels pitched seven shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to 23 2/3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.78 on the season. But when Cole Hamels is on the mound the bullpen usually blows a lead, and that’s just what they did tonight.

Jonathan Papelbon came in to close out his 16th game of the season but couldn’t get it done. Justin Upton and Chris Johnson had back to back singles and Andrelton Simmons singled in the game tying RBI. Papelbon blew his 2nd save of the season, and his first blown save since April 2nd.

The score stayed deadlocked at 1-1 until the 13th inning when the Phillies bats woke up. It started with a Ben Revere single and steal. Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly to move him over to third. After Chase Utley was intentionally walked, Ryan Howard hit a bullet that went right through Braves firs baseman Freddie Freeman’s legs which plated the go ahead run. But the Phillies didn’t stop there. They sent 10 men to the plate and scored five more runs to put the game out of reach. Antonio Bastardo, in his second inning of work, closed it out for the Phillies.

While the Phillies bats came alive in extra innings its hard not to feel bad for Phillies starter Cole Hamels tonight. This was the 28th time that the Phillies bullpen has blown a game in which Cole Hamels departed in line for the win. Hamels is sitting on 101 career wins, but should be looking for career win #130 in his next start.

The Phillies will face Ervin Santana tomorrow. The righty is sporting a 5-3 record with a 4.09 ERA. The Phillies will counter with Kyle Kendrick.




  1. bacardipr05

    June 17, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Tehran looks to be a special pitcher and locked him up. Thats how you lock up a player on the cheap. Take note Phils upper mgmt.

    • Ryne Duren

      June 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

      I agree Tehran does look like a good pitcher. But the Phillies tend to make average to good pitchers look good to great.

    • George

      June 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      First you need a good young pitcher that you CAN lock up. Who in the Phils’ system actually fits that description?

  2. bacardipr05

    June 17, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Oh and congrats to Phils on a tough win…

  3. Hogey's Role

    June 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Ol’ Reid Brignac might have found himself a home at third base for the time being, he’s been pretty impressive so far

    • schmenkman

      June 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I think it’s fair to say that Brignac has exceeded very low expectations, and he has certainly had some very big hits.

      On the other hand he’s doing it with a .412 batting average on balls in play, which is going to come back down to earth at some point. Hopefully Asche will be back by the time that happens, and in any case the sooner he comes back the better.

  4. CK

    June 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I was wondering if anyone thinks Hollands has a future as a starter. Certainly not top of the rotation but 4/5 type. He’s a big lefty who’s usually around the plate and throws hard. Hopefully he continues to improve his secondary pitches. Might be worth an audition later in the year after the fire sale.

    • TimC

      June 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I actually like Hollands in the bp better. A future BP below would be locked down for a while. Then you just have to focus on the rotation in FA instead of over-paying for relievers (Papelbon/Adams).

      Closer by committee – Giles (RHP)/Diekman (LHP)
      7/8 – Defratus(RHP)/Bastardo(LHP)/Hollands(LHP)
      6 – Jimenez(RHP)
      LR – Martin(RHP)

      Now, you take the money spent on Papelbon/Adams (after trading this year) and go get Max Scherzer (RHP) to complement Hamels(LHP)/Lee(LHP). Maybe MAG will finally be ready at some point in 2015. You hope Nola is ready by 2015 as most scouts predict him to be to pros first, and have fallback options in Pettibone/Buchanan until he or Biddle are ready.

      AAA – Biddle
      AAA – Pettibone
      AAA – Buchanan

      • Hogey's Role

        June 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        I like Hollands in the bullpen too…

        I also like max scherzer but I don’t like him at 24 million a year or more, being that he already turned that offer down from Detroit, so I’ll pass on him

      • TimC

        June 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        To Hogey’s Role:

        Yeah, I hadn’t researched what contracts he turned down with Detroit, and that would be a bit rich for me as well.

  5. George

    June 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hamels certainly has poor luck as well as poor run support. Maybe in a past life he was someone like Jack the Ripper or a member of the Donner party, causing his Karma to go haywire.

    I personally don’t believe in that stuff, but something sure seems to be amiss when Hamels takes the hill.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I wouldn’t call it luck. He’s just playing for a bad team.

      • George

        June 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        Hamels hasn’t always pitched for a bad team. Even in 2008, he wasn’t the Phils’ leader in wins, even though he WAS their best pitcher by a significant margin. He’s been victimized by poor run support almost his entire career.

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