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.