An odd thing happened today. The Phillies actually showed signs of life as they swept the division leading Braves in a 3-game series. Inspired baseball is not something we have seen a lot of this year, so this game was a real treat.
On top of his game again, Cole Hamels pitched 8 innings, allowing only 2 solo homers, both of which were absolutely murdered off the bat of Evan Gattis. The official word is that the 1st homer went 486 feet, which is a MLB record for the season. Yikes!
But aside from Gattis, Hamels had few problems.
The Phillies scored two runs in the first inning, but could not seem to kick start a rally after that despite some base runners.
Actually, base running was a bit of an adventure on this day. Jimmy Rollins stole a base, which was a plus. But rookie centerfielder Cesar Hernandez got picked off right before that and then was thrown out later in the game because he hesitated going around second base. He received a bit of coaching from Chase Utley in betw...