Monday, August 30, 2010

Phils Get Sweep, Lift Hamels To Win

Philadelphis Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins doubled in the 12th inning and scored on a single by third baseman Placido Polanco to win the game with the San Diego Padres 3-2 at Petco Park in San Diego on August 27, 2010. UPI/Roger Williams
Philadelphis Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins doubled in the 12th inning and scored on a single by third baseman Placido Polanco to win the game with the San Diego Padres 3-2 at Petco Park in San Diego on August 27, 2010. UPI/Roger Williams

 

 

Cole Hamels pitched a good game yesterday in San Diego. You wouldn’t know he would have lasted into the game as late as he did though, as he threw more than 50 pitches in the first two innings and then had a smooth game after that. Hamels has pitched solidly in many of the last starts, but the Phillies weren’t hardly scoring runs for him on offense. The offense scored enough for him to get the win on Sunday though.

An interesting moment occured in the dugout when Rich Dubee approached Cole to shake his hand. Cole left Dubee waiting for a handshake as he didn’t want to be taken out of this game, but he soon relented and broke out into a smile and shook Dubee’s hand and several other teammates. Cole had pitched well before into the game, and the bullpen would somehow lose it for him, so he was reluctant to leave the game.

The Phils weren’t an offensive juggernaut on this trip to San Diego, they did run up a few extra runs in the game yesterday with the 5-0 score but Saturday’s win came on 3 hits for the Phillies, when they managed to score 3 runs. It was enough for the Phillies though.

A sweep was what the Phils needed at this time, now it’s onto LA and the Manny-less Dodgers. No more Manny for the Dodgers, and that move bringing Manny didn’t exactly produce the way the Dodgers may have thought, but it may have brought some extra people to the ballpark just to see the future Hall of Famer play. He’s on his way to Chicago now, so the Phillies won’t have to worry about him.

Ryan Howard was on the bench for Sunday’s game, and the move looked like a genius move by Charlie Manuel after his replacement, Mike Sweeny, got the 7th inning two-run home run to give the Phils a 3-0 lead at that point. Howard has hurt the Phillies upon his return after being on the DL. Both he and Utley should have been given a little more time to get back into the groove.

4 comments:

  1. "The Phillies weren't hardly scoring runs for him on offense."

    Last time I check the run support was scarce for Hamels. I think you mean they WERE hardly scoring runs.

    "Cole had pitched well before into the game, and the bullpen would somehow lose it for him, so he was reluctant to leave the game."

    Outrageous abuse of the English language.

    Manny Ramirez with the Dodgers?

    BA/OBP/SLG:
    .322/.433/.580

    I'm pretty sure that's exactly what the Dodgers wanted. They knew he was getting older and wouldn't play everyday.

    His OPS with the Dodgers was the best OPS of his career with any team.

    He also single-handedly brought the Dodgers to the postseason in 2008. In the 53 games he played after being traded to the Dodgers that year, he batted .396, OBPed .489, and slugged .743. That is probably the best 53 game stat sample that is humanly possible.

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  2. last time I checked*

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  3. Anon, you read into things too much. You don't even follow what I write, and I think that's not right!

    Look at the whole sentence, it reads "Hamels has pitched solidly in many of the last starts, but the Phillies weren't hardly scoring runs for him on offense."

    What are you talking about, you're making a fool of yourself in these comment fields and I will tend to require some more from you in the way of editing your comments if you persist.

    This is perfect use of the language and you wish that you could write in this manner, am I right?

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  4. Let me break this down for you.

    "Hamels has pitched solidly in many of the last starts..."

    Absolutely correct. He has pitched very well recently. I probably would have said in many of HIS last starts, but I won't be nit-picky.

    ..."but the Phillies weren't hardly scoring runs for him on offense."

    If the Phillies were hardly scoring runs for him, that would = they were barely scoring runs for him. That would mean they weren't giving him run support. This would be true.

    However, when you throw the negative (weren't hardly) in there, that means they were not barely scoring runs. This would mean they were scoring at least a decent amount or absolutely 0 runs. Actually for a large portion (26 innings?) he pitched, they didn't score any runs while he was in. I REALLY don't believe this is what you meant when you said that. I'm pretty sure you just mixed up the were and weren't.

    If you say you meant 0, I guess I will believe you.

    You still only addressed 1 of my 3 comments, the other two of which you cannot possibly defend. 2/3 ain't bad. If that were a batting average, it would be around Manny Ramirez status.

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