Cole Hamels pitched an excellent ballgame today at Chase Field this afternoon, Hamels went eight innings and allowed four runs off of two hits, fanned seven Diamondbacks hitters. Hamels through the first six innings today only allowed one hit, retired 18 straight batters during that period of time. Hamels did get into a little jam in the bottom of the seventh inning but managed to get out of the inning and only allow two runs, could have been a lot worse but when you want a big money contract this is the type of jams you need to be able to get out of, Hamels did just that by getting a timely 4-6-3 double play to end the Diamondbacks chances of a big inning.
On the hitting side Hamels batted two runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 6-0
Michael Schwimer was called up to the big club before today’s game and he came into pitch the ninth inning and did a great job, retired the side in order for the Phillies 7-2 victory.
The Phillies backed up that great pitching performance by chalking up seven runs off of 13 hits. The Phillies offense clicked right of the start as Hunter Pence batted home a run in the top of the first inning, Phillies had a opportunity to score more in the inning but Hunter Pence hesitated from second base to third and was thrown out at home plate. That play would not come back to haunt the Phillies as they would score six more runs in the ball game to sail home with the victory.
Phillies now leave the west coast feeling pretty good about themselves, Phillies finish the west coast trip (5-5) and now have a record of (9-10) on the season.
Well when I thought this trip was going to be a complete disaster the Phillies turn it around in the desert and get back to their winning ways.
The Phillies now board a plane to head home back to Philadelphia for a four game series that starts Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park.
Some Other Notes From Arizona
Chase Utley will remain in Arizona after the Phillies leave for Philadelphia, Utley will continue the rehabbing on his knees and sipping some margaritas out here in the beautiful desert.
Michael Stutes was placed on the 15 day DL after Tuesday’s 8-5 victory, he is the sixth Phillies player this year to go on the disabled list. Righthander Michael Schwimer was called up to replace Stutes. Michael Stutes was pitching through his shoulder soreness most of the early season. Schwimer joined the team today.