Cole Hamels looked fantastic, securing his first win of the 2009 season as the Phils beat the Braves, 10-6.
First, Hamels’ line: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB. He was good. His fastball was strong. His changeup was close to unhittable. He was poised, he was assured. Sixty-four of the 95 pitches he threw went over for strikes, and he only got in some trouble in the fourth inning, giving up a two-run single to Phillie-killer Brian McCann.
The Phillies supported Hamels well, too. Two runs scored on a horrible throw by Jo-Jo Reyes, and two more scored on a double by Jimmy Rollins, capping off a four-run second inning. Jayson Werth, Chris Coste and Chase Utley added home runs to give the Phils an 8-2 lead when Hamels exited.
Though the Braves scored three off Brad Lidge in the typical “no pressure means I’ll give up some runs” situation, it was a blowout. Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs added RBI hits to close home scoring.