Cole Hamels threw eight shutout innings as he help to end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Galvis, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Nats tried to get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa, who had just doubled, tried to score on Bryce Harper’s single to right, but is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out on a strong throw by right fielder Pence, as he is tagged out by Ruiz. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would score on Juan Pierre’s excellently executed suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Nats would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would end the ballgame by getting Xavier Nady to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) got the win, becoming the majors’ first seven-game winner, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Edwin Jackson took the lost (1-2, 3.38), as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.
The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he lifted his batting average to .357. He was followed by Shane Victorino (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other Phil hit. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI, performing a successful suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (22-23, 5th East) will now go on the road to start a four-game series with the 2011 World Champions Cardinals (25-19, 1st Central), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III), and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox on May 19, as he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that awful start. The World Champs will counter with Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.21), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on May 19, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cardinals’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their present road trip with a victory, while hoping that Blanton will recover from his bad start.