Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hamels pitches gem, Lidge adds scare

The good news is that the Phillies won last night in Arizona. Cole Hamels pitched one of those games that he would like to pitch every game out there. Hamels pitched 8.0 innings only scattering 4 hits and had 9 strikeouts. This is the Cole Hamels that is in the groove. Hamels improved to 7-5 and his ERA is 4.42.

Shane Victorino led the offense last night going 3-5 with a home run. The Phillies as a team could have scored more, but only scored one runner of the 12 runners that were in scoring position. Werth, Felix, Ibanez, and Ruiz didn't have one hit combined as they were facing one of the better pitchers in the league for Arizona, Dan Haren. Haren's era is only 2.19 despite him getting the loss last night.

Everything looked great until Brad Lidge came in and gave us all a scare. Lidge allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th before retiring the Dbacks for the night. Lidge has a very high era of 7.11 and that is usually not a good sign for your closer to have that high of an era. So far, he is not the same pitcher as last year. He had some time off for injury earlier in the season, but is that still his problem? If I were the Phillies, I would be more than concerned at this point that 'the closer' for the team isn't really doing all that well.

Despite the scare, the Phillies get the win and go for the sweep today in Arizona before moving on to San Francisco to face the Giants. They turn to J.A. Happ who is 7-1 for the Phils on the year for the potential sweep, and if he wins tonight it will be hard to part with Happ who has been mentioned in the trade rumors for Halladay. Only a couple more days left now until the deadline for that so we'll see how it shakes out by then.

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