After Kyle Kendrick and Domonic Brown propelled the Phillies to a 6-2 win last night, the Phillies sent Cole Hamels to the mound Wednesday, with a chance to win the series over the Padres.
The Phillies got off to a strong start in the top of the first, when a Michael Young double scored Chase Utley to give the Phils the early lead. The Phils took a 2-0 advantage in the second when a Carlos Ruiz scored Delmon Young.
Cole Hamels entered the game with an ERA over four and a half, and even an early lead couldn’t help turn his season around. Hamels gave back two runs in the fourth on RBI’s from Logan Forsythe and Chris Denorfia. And Denorfia continued his stellar game in fifth with a solo shot. And to close Hamels evening, Kyle Blanks doubled to center plating Chase Headley.
Hamels finished the night with a line of six innings, seven hits allowed and four earned runs. Tonight’s performance raised Cole Hamels ERA to 4.58. 4.58 for a guy who is in year one of a six year deal, with the value just south of 150 million dollars. I know that we love Cole because he is homegrown and was a key member to the 2008 World Series team, but 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA isn’t exactly cutting it for 24 million a year Cole.
I’ll give the Phillies offense some credit, because usually I rip into them. This year, unlike the last two years, they have shown an ability to fight back from early deficits and they did it again tonight. In the seventh inning, after Kyle Blanks dropped a foul ball from Kevin Frandsen that should have ended the inning, Frandsen took advantage of the second opportunity with a RBI single to score Ryan Howard and cut the Padres lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the eighth, Delmon Young completed the Phillies comeback with a two-run 355 foot shot over the leftfield wall off a slider from Luke Gregerson. The homerun, as I mentioned, tied the game at five and eventually sent it to extra innings.
The Phillies bullpen, got the game to the 13th inning. Yeah let that sink in. After Cole Hamels struggled again the Phillies bullpen was lights out from the seventh inning on. J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Amount, Jake Diekman, and Joe Savery combined for six innings of shutout baseball, while only allowing one hit. And in the top of the 13th, the bullpen finally giving the Phillies a solid extended performance paid off.
With Dom Brown on first and Chase Utley on second, Ben Revere grounded out to second which looked to be an inning ending groundout. Instead, Logan Forsythe mishandled the ball at second, allowing Revere to reach safely and Utley to score, on a heads up play, all the way from second-base. Forsythe’s throw home bounced off Nick Hundley, and got away which alloed Dom Brown to score from first and put the Phillies up 7-5.
In the bottom of the 13th, Jonathan Papelbon got his first save in his last five attempts by striking out Nick Hundley on a high fastball. The win clinched a much needed series win, and hopefully signaled the beginning of a momentum swing in the positive direction.
The Phillies head off to Chavez Ravine to open up a four game weekend set against Yasiel Puig and the red hot Dodgers tomorrow night.