Hamels Stellar As Phillies Fall

Photo by: H. Rumph Jr/AP

Cole Hamels has been off to a great start in 2010.  He had arguably one of his best starts of the young season tonight against the San Diego Padres.  Hamels took a no-hitter into the 7th inning.  The lefty gave up two runs on three hits in eight innings of work.  It’s always been said that Hamels has the stuff to be a number one starter.  He struggled last year and just never really looked comfortable on the mound.  That has certainly changed this season.

Hamels was dominant throughout the entire game.  He didn’t give up a hit until the 7th inning.  He started off the inning by getting David Eckstein to ground out.  Then Adrian Gonzalez came up and ended the no-hitter and the shutout with a solo home run.  Scott Hairston followed with a solo home run of his own. 

In the 9th inning, Danys Baez surrendered a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez once again to make the score 3-0.  Gonzalez.  Gonzalez has simply destroyed Phillies pitching during this four game series.  Gonzalez had three home runs and six RBIs against the Phillies in the series.  It’s easy to see why teams are always trading to acquire the slugging Gonzalez.

In the bottom of the inning, the Phillies were able to get on the scoreboard.  Ryan Howard hit an RBI double to score Placido Polanco.  Howard has been one of the few Phillies that have been hitting well during this so-called slump.

The Phillies face the Florida Marlins at 7:05 PM tomorrow night.  Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.62) is opposed by Chris Volstad (3-6, 4.08).


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