Hamels Finds His Groove In Win Over Braves


0819 Hamelsb.jpgAfter a nightmarish start to his season, Cole Hamels was hoping to shrink his enormous 20.25 ERA today against the Braves.  In the final game of this three-game series, Hamels came out firing bullets.

For the Phillies offense, scratching out a few runs against the Braves starter Derek Lowe was not going to be an easy task.  So Hamels knew he had to be sharp.  As expected, a pitcher’s duel broken out in Atlanta.

Hamels was on a mission.  Through seven strong innings, he allowed only four hits, no runs and struck out eight batters.  Even better, Hamels looked relaxed and in control, able to work out of what little trouble he got into.

The offense did manage to post a few runs for Hamels, mostly due to a spectacular game from Shane Victorino.  Going 3-for-4 at the plate, Victorino hit two singles and a home run.  The other run scored when Jimmy Rollins hit into a double play with no outs, allowing Victorino to score in the fourth.

Carlos Ruiz also continued his hot streak with two hits.  Then in the ninth inning, Rollins got his first hit of the game, a double that landed him on third base after a Braves error.  Ryan Howard was able to get Rollins home on a ground ball out, giving the Phillies an insurance run and a 3-0 lead.

Jose Contreras entered in the ninth to save the game in what would be a very good test of his skills as a closer.  With rookie second baseman Michael Martinez making a few nice defensive plays plus good pitching, Contreras got the job done.

The Phillies won the series with the Braves two games to one.  After a day off on Monday, the Phillies will take on the Nationals in D.C. on Tuesday.

You Be The Judge

Totally off topic, have you seen the new MLB campaignAlways Epic“?  Released on March 31, 2011, Giants closer Brian Wilson stars in a video series that covers various adventures inside Wilson’s beard. 
Feb 2011 collage beard.jpg
The
video with the tiny ninja’s is especially interesting.  Follow the link to watch it.

Back on February 22, 2011, I posted that exact idea on this MLBlogs site, except I used the beard of Raul Ibanez.  I was making a joke about the magical powers of the Ibanez beard and decided tiny ninja’s would be funny.  Apparently, MLB liked it as well:

So, coincidence or did MLB totally rip off my idea?  You be the judge.

Perhaps it is simply that great minds think alike.  In which case, I expect a job offer from MLB any day now.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*

 

7 Comments

Wow…you started blogging at about the same time I did (spring 2008)! I don’t follow the NL stuff all that much, but this looks like a very professional, informative, entertaining blog!

http://zkonedog.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, Hamels sure needed that bounce back. How is Contreras looking as a closer so far? Last I saw him regularly was in Chicago when he was a mess, but it’s looked like he’s revived his career in the NL at the age of 55 (who really knows?).
http://letsplay162.mlblogs.com/

Those Brian Wilson commercials are totally stupid. I’m hoping that his game suffers from all the publicity stuff he’s doing on the side ala The Wild Thing in Major League, or Hamels in 2009.

Mike

http://phanaticaddict.mlblogs.com

Adventures inside Wilson’s beard?? Gotta say, I haven’t seen them, and I think I’m glad about that. He pretty much annoys me, so I really don’t want to imagine what’s going on in there, or anywhere else on his body, for that matter!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

These games seemed very entertaining. Too bad MLBN won’t broadcast some of them.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Hmmmmm…. I smell a lawsuit! Hahaha! You are right though… great minds… I remember busting up at that post back in the day.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Like Sue, Brian Wilson anoys me and on top of that , he is a Jint. I remember your post from back then. You should gt that MLB job. think of us when you do!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

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