A lineup with no Rollins, Utley, or Howard defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 last night. After having one hit through five innings, the Phillies exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to put the Brewers away. Cole Hamels went the distance, giving up four hits and two runs for his 14th win of the season. Hunter Pence, who was the cleanup hitter in the JV lineup, had two hits and three RBIs in the win. Roy Halladay will take on Shaun Marcum tonight for game two of this four game set. With the win, the Phillies’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is six and to clinch the division is 11.
Victorino, Valdez, Polanco, Pence, Mayberry, Ruiz, Francisco, Martinez, and Hamels. One could make the case that Cole Hamels could bat seventh in a lineup like that. Hamels broke up Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson’s perfect game with a walk in third. Meanwhile, Hamels was pitching well himself. The Brewers only had two base runners through the first four innings. John Mayberry had the Phillies’ first hit in the fifth inning on a bloop single to right. In the bottom of the fifth, Yuniesky Betancourt, who stinks I might add, hit a solo home run to left to give the Brewers what seemed like an insurmountable 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Michael Martinez and Cole Hamels struck out to start the inning and it seemed like any other inning for Narveson. That’s when the wheels fell off. Victorino doubled and came around to score on Wilson Valdez’s double that tied the game at 1. Valdez and Polanco, who walked, scored on Hunter Pence’s two run triple. Mayberry would follow with a RBI infield single. Have you caught your breath yet? Mayberry stole second and scored on Carlos Ruiz’s ground-rule double. Even Ben Francisco, who was rotting away on the bench, got into the act with a RBI single to left. Chris Narveson was pulled, LOL. Michael Martinez, who led off the inning, had an infield single and finally Cole Hamels struck out again to end the six run inning. Corey Hart without his jet black hair hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but everyone knew that wasn’t going to be enough. Pence added another RBI in 9th inning on a double to wrap up the scoring. The Phillies have won four in a row since losing the series down in Florida.
-Looking at the lineup before the game, I was not thinking good thoughts about this game.
-No Nyjer Morgan in the lineup for the Brewers, I was disappointed.
-LA sliding down Bernie the Brewer’s slide was pretty funny.
-Another review for the umpires???? Come on!
-Another ho hum start from Cole Hamels. But a home run to Betancourt? come on Cole…nitpicking I know
-Just the replay of that Mayberry infield single in the 6th. He was out. Could have changed the complex of the game.
-42-23 against teams with winning records for the Phillies
-Testament to how good the Phillies are when a lineup with Valdez, Francisco, and Martinez score seven runs and win.