The Phils finally end their losing streak with the Braves, as Hamels five-hits Atlanta, leading to a 3-0 win.
The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double. Two batters later, with Brown still on second base, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough for Cole Hamels, as he threw a complete game shutout, the fifth of his career, allowing only five hits, all singles, to the Braves: a lead-off single to Chipper Jones in the second, who is, two batters latter, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 4-6-3 doubleplay ball hit by Brian McCann; a two-out single in the fifth by McCann, who is thrown out at second base, 8-4, trying to stretch it into a double, by a strong throw by left fielder Brown as second baseman Chase Utley applies the tag; a lead-off bunt single in the seventh by Michael Bourn, who is then left stranded at first base; a lead-off single in the eighth by Freddie Freeman , who is, two batters later, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 6-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Reed Johnson and a one-out single in the ninth by pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, before Hamels ended the game two batters later by getting Martin Prado to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.
Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14) got the win, his first since signing his new contract, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, which striking out six. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearnin combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Avilan).
The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Erik Kratz (Single, Double) and Nate Schierholtz (Singles) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Dom Brown (Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.
The Phils (50-60, T-4th) will conclude their series with the Braves (63-47, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 3, after replacing Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers, as he went four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Braves plan to counter with their ace Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 3, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight.