Originally written August 18, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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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 out 10 over eight innings in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. Hamels, who had won three previous starts against Milwaukee, cruised into the eighth and appeared to be well on his way to a third consecutive complete game. But Jonathan Lucroy's double, followed by Ryan Braun's 33rd home run of the season, brought Hamels' day to an end, though with a one-run lead. "He pitched really good," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "He used all of his pitches and had great command." Hamels' only tough tests came against Braun, who snapped o...
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