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Cole Hamels continues to put his horrendous 2009 campaign behind him. Hamels was great once again on Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Hamels gave up only one run on three hits in seven innings. He survived seven innings, despite throwing 44 pitches in the first two innings.
Hamels’ lone run was a solo home run by Victor Martinez in the 1st inning. This was the only run given up by Hamels. He was in control throughout the whole night. He seems to be finally putting himself back into his 2008 form. He is throwing his fastballs in the mid 90s. That is the Cole Hamels that Phillies fans are accustomed to.
In the 4th inning, Ryan Howard hit a solo home run off Red Sox starter John Lackey to tie the game at 1. Later in the inning, Shane Victorino hit an RBI single to plate Jayson Werth which gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead. In the following inning, Jayson Werth hit a mammoth two run home run into the 2nd deck to make the score 4-1.
In the 6th inning, Ryan Howard hit an RBI single to score Juan Castro to make it 5-1. The Phillies did not look back. Ryan Howard had a great night at the plate. He was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Howard has been struggling lately, but he really looked impressive at the plate tonight.
The Phillies bullpen was able to nail the door shut. They loaded the bases in the 9th inning, but JC Romero was able to get David Ortiz to fly out to record the save.
This was a great win, but it was foreshadowed by the injury to Jimmy Rollins. In the 6th inning, Rollins singled but could barely limp his way down to first base. It was officially called a mild calf strain, which is the same injury that sidelined Rollins for much of the season so far. Charlie Manuel said that he would probably know more information on Saturday. Rollins is likely headed for the same process as before. The Phillies really need to make sure Rollins is ready to come back this time. I think that they rushed him back too quickly. Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez were doing just fine and weren’t killing the team. The Phillies need Rollins in October but not in May. In 2007, Shane Victorino had the same injury and it plagued him the whole season. They can’t afford to have another similar situation on their hands.