Cole Hamels had such a positive start against the Florida Marlins last Sunday. Well, he certianly didn’t build on it tonight. Hamels cruised until the 4th inning. He gave up three home runs to Mark Reynolds, Chris Snyder, and Adam LaRoche. Kelly Johnson hit a home run in the 5th inning as well. Hamels gave up four home runs total, which was a career high. Hamels gave up six runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. His record goes to 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA. It’s really a shame that Hamels hasn’t been able to turn his pitching around yet. I’m one of those guys that gives Hamels a lifetime pass for what he accomplished in 2008. He delivered a world championship to Philadelphia in 2008 and I am forever grateful to him for that. I just can’t kill him for his struggles. Maybe that makes me a bad fan, but it’s just the way I feel.
It was also the return of JC Romero. Romero had been on the disabled list for the first few weeks of the season. In his return, he gave up a solo home run to Kelly Johnson. Now I’m sure he is just rusty and needs to get back into the everyday baseball groove. But Romero needs to pitch well out of the bullpen this season. The Phillies have no proven lefty right now besides Romero. Bastardo is young and inexperienced. The lefty specialist was Scott Eyre, but he retired unfortunately. I could see a move for a lefty reliever at the trade deadline if Romero isn’t healthy or pitching well.
The offense got started in the 3rd inning. Cole Hamels doubled and Shane Victorino tripled to drive him in. Jayson Werth scored on one of the most controversial plays I’ve ever seen. Diamondbacks centerfielder Chris Young caught a fly ball off the bat of Jayson Werth. When Young went to transfer the ball to his hand, he dropped it and the umpires called it a hit. Werth ran the bases and scored. It was officially ruled a four base error. I truly have never seen a play quite like that. Placido Polanco grounded into a fielder’s choice in the 7th inning to drive in another Phillies run. Shane Victorino drove in Raul Ibanez to make it 7-4, but that’s as close as the Phillies would get. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 7-4.