Cole Hamels decided the Phillies weren't going to lose tonight. (AP)
There was a baseball game in Philadelphia tonight, but it was in name only. For, you see, it was less a game than a one-man pitching showcase, headlined by Cole Hamels and his nine shutout innings. His performance willed the Phillies to a victory over the Braves, 3-0, in a game where the runs scored will become a footnote to the deft performance Hamels put on display.
HOME COOKIN’ FOR COLE
- Tonight Cole Hamels reached a career milestone, starting his 100th game at Citizens Bank Park. Incidentally, it was also the first start at home for Hamels since he signed his new $144M deal with the Phillies on July 25. The new deal meant tonight’s game was the first of many to come for Hamels in south Philadelphia. If he can pitch in all of those the way he pitched tonight, he’ll have been worth every penny of that $144M (and possible $164M). Hamels was electrifying from start to finish, throwing a complete game shutout. ...