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Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies have found their secret to success. Unfortunately, they only get to put their plan in action every fifth day. The secret? Run Cole Hamels out to pitch. He’ll either deliver a complete game or get you deep enough to forgo the Phillies’ sieve of a bullpen.
In Cole Hamels last three outings for the Phillies, he has shown exactly why signing him to a long term contract was an absolute necessity. He is 3-0 and has given up 3 runs in 25.2 innings. He is already earning that 6-year $144 million extension he signed less than a month ago.
For the season, Hamels now sits at 14-6 with a 2.94 ERA. He was dominant for most of last night’s 4-3 win over the Brewers, but finally surrendered a 2 run homer to Ryan Braun in the 8th inning. When the game tightened, the Phillies decided to bring in their closer Jonathan Papelbon for a 4 out save.
Papelbon got out of the 8th and then threw a perfect ninth for his 27th save of the season.
The night really belonged to Cole Hamels though as he piled on 10 more strikeouts to give him 168 for the year.
With another 8 starts still likely for Hamels, besting his career best 15 wins could be just a matter of time. While he isn’t the leading candidate for the Cy Young Award (he finished 5th last year) his name is still in the conversation. A strong finish could certainly fortify his chances.
If only the Phillies could figure out what to do on the 4 days that Hamels doesn’t pitch.
BEST OF MAXIM
Not quite a complete game shutout, but Cole Hamels still dominated in the Phillies 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Their win today puts them in position to split series tomorrow.
ANOTHER SOLID PERFORMANCE FROM HAMELS
-Aramis Ramirez led off the second inning with a home run. In the same inning, the Brewers would get a runner in scoring position with one out. Hamels...
Cole Hamels is in ace form for the Philadelphia Phillies after cranking out another strong performance. Will he be the third member of the staff to earn that hardware?
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By MIKE LIPKA,
STATS EditorThe remarkable run for rookie Mike Fiers finally came to a screeching halt in his most recent start for the Milwaukee Brewers.Cole Hamels is hoping his string of scoreless innings has no end in sight.Coming off back-to-back shutouts, the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander seeks to extend his streak of 22 innings since last allowing a run Saturday night...
The Phillies have gotten off to a very bad start in this weekend series in Milwaukee. Losing the first two games by large deficits, they have just proven what this team is all about: not being able to find a solid groove. Unlike Thursday, last night's game was not a close call loss. Thanks to some horrible defense, Vance Worley and the Phillies fell into a deep hole that they...
Philadelphia Phillies (54-63) at Milwaukee Brewers (53-64)
Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) vs. Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63)
Time: 7:10, Miller Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies dropped two straight to the Brewers, and will look to end their three-game losing streak. The bullpen has been the problem for the Phillies in the last two games...
Not much has gone right for the Phillies this year. But at least we know that when Cole Hamels takes the mound, they at least have a shot at a win. After dropping 3 straight, the Phillies collected a win last night over the Brewers, thanks in large part to Hamels.
Hamels cruised through 7 2/3 innings allowing only 1 run until 1 bad pitch in the 8th ran him out of the game. The Ryan...
MILWAUKEE -- In an otherwise disappointing season, Cole Hamels has been one of the few bright spots for the Philadelphia Phillies. Since signing a six-year, $144 million contact at the end of July, Hamels has been spectacular, allowing just two earned runs in his last three starts and pitching back-to-back complete-game shutouts. He continued his strong season Saturday, striking...
Final: Phillies 4, Brewers 3.
WP: Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94 ERA) LP: Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (27)
Cole Hamels had another stellar start tonight in Milwaukee, despite giving up a late two-run home run to Ryan Braun that pulled the Brewers to within one run late in the game. He lasted seven and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits, one walk, and three...
Another beauty of an outing from Cole Hamels tonight helped snap a three-game losing streak for the Phillies.
The Phillies got ahead to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run dinger by John Mayberry, Jr. which scored Laynce Nix. To follow, Erik Kratz sent a monster home run into the second deck seats in left field. Those back-to-back homers gave the Phils a 3-0 lead.
John Mayberry Jr. and Erik Kratz hit back-to-back home runs and Cole Hamels tied a season high with 10 strikeouts to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Saturday night.
Hamels (14-6) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in 7 2-3 innings. He walked just one batter, but gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Braun with two outs in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon...