Cole Hamels’ Top Five Moments With Phillies

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Sep 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (35) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

4. Eight Inning, 13 Strikeout Performance on September 28th, 2007

It seems difficult to imagine now, despite the fact that the Phillies are building a new playoff drought, how desperate Philadelphia was to see playoff baseball in 2007. The team hadn’t made the playoffs since 1993, and with 16 games left the streak seemed like it would continue because the Phillies were six games out in the NL East. Charlie Manuel seemed very much on the hot-seat.

The comeback of the team to win their first divisional title of the millennium is well documented, but it wouldn’t have happened without Cole Hamels’ finest performance of the season coming in game 160.

Hamels, in what was at that time the most important start of his career, went eight innings while only allowing six hits and striking out 13.

Behind a combined five RBI’s from Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies would win 6-0.

Though they would lose game 161, this put the Phillies in first-place with two games to go and put the city in a state of jubilation that led to rally towels raining down at Citizens Bank Park after the win.

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