Hamels outduels Cain

Cole Hamels threw a complete game seven hitter as the Phillies toppled the Giants 2-1.  Hamels’ only blemish came on a Pablo Sandoval two out solo home run in the 9th.  Giants’ starter Matt Cain almost equaled Hamels, throwing eight innings and allowing just two first inning runs.  Hunter Pence had two hits and a RBI for the Phillies, while Jeff Keppinger and Pablo Sandoval had two hits each for the Giants.  Phillies’ third baseman Placido Polanco left the game due to a sore left hip and no it had nothing to do with the fight last night (So he says).  Hamels picked up his 13th win of the season as the Phillies look to finish the four game sweep of the slumping Giants. Roy Oswalt, just activated off the DL, will take on Tim Lincecum.

The Phillies scored their only two runs in the first inning. On a Hunter Pence RBI single that scored Jimmy Rollins, Pablo Sandoval couldn’t handle the throw from right fielder Carlos Beltran which allowed Chase Utley to advance to third. If Sandoval had made the play, Utley would have been out by ten feet.  Of course, Utley would then score on an Eli Whiteside passed ball.  Matt Cain dominated the Phillies after that. Over the next seven innings, the Phillies could only muster one hit and a walk off of Cain. The Giants had a chance to at least cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning. After the first two runners reached on singles, Cole Hamels struck out Carlos Beltran on three pitches and then got Pablo Sandoval to ground into an inning ending double play.  The Giants wouldn’t have a runner reach third base until the ninth inning when Sandoval took Hamels deep to left with two out. Hamels wasn’t flustered and got Orlando Cabrera to ground out to short to end the game.


-Fox’s scouting report on Cole Hamels read like this….Drop a Deuce.

-Eric Karros is terrible at his job.

-If the Giants were in the NL East, they’d be 12.5 games out of first.

-It’s to the point now where it’s not a lock the Giants are going to make the playoffs. I still think they will, but they aren’t a shoe in.

-Why does Ryan Howard look so bad against Matt Cain?

– In one at bat against Cain, Howard was up 3-0 in the count and swung at three straight pitches. He looked terrible on every swing.

– Hunter Pence might never lose a game again.

– Interesting to see what kind of start Oswalt gives the Phillies.  I’ll be looking at fastball velocity.

– It would be really awesome if they swept the Giants.


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