Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 7/27/12
In a game the Phillies had to win, Cole Hamels and the Phillies offense faltered in a 6-1 Braves win. In five innings, Hamels gave up five runs, three earned, struck out seven but walked six in five innings. The defense was shaky, as with two outs in the second, as Mike Fontenot let a ground ball tie him up and the Braves went ahead 2-1. With two out in the bottom of the 5th, Brian McCann took a 1-0 offering from Hamels for a three-run home run. The loss drips the Phillies to 45-55, ten games below .500. At this point, the best the Phillies could hope for is a series win. Hamels battled throughout the game, striking out seven, but the walks, the errors and the McCann home run provided too much for the Phillies to overcome. Hamels this week signed a $144, six-year contract earlier this week, after he had been rumored to be trade bait.
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