A Tale of Two Away Games
The Phillies final two games in Seattle were a stark contrast to each other. Saturday night’s 5-1 win was against 2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. But on Sunday, the Phillies lost to Jason Vargas, an average pitcher who entered the game with a 4.13 ERA.
With Vance Worley starting Saturday, the Phillies managed to score some runs. Worley held the Mariners to just one run over five innings and then Shane Victorino provided most of the offense.
Victorino ended the game just a single short of the cycle and had four RBI on three hits, including a 2-run homer. Jimmy Rollins had three hits as well. Both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez added two hits apiece.
But Sunday, the Phillies seemingly could not hit their way out of a barn. Howard had two hits, Ben Francisco had one and that was it for the offense. Vargas tossed a complete game shut-out as the Phils sat and watched.
Cole Hamels pitched a great game, allowing only two runs on a few very cheap, bloop hits. Hamels also collected his 1,000 career strike out in the fourth inning.
If he had won the game, Hamels would have been the first pitcher in the majors to 10 wins. He and six other pitchers, including Roy Halladay, are stuck at nine wins. But it was not meant to be. Wasting such a great performance was a real shame.
But welcome to Interleague play with the Phillies. Every year, it is a struggle for them. After losing two out of three to the Mariners, the Phillies are off tomorrow as they travel to St. Louis for three games with the Cardinals starting on Tuesday.
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