Cole Hamels throws his second straight shutout as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-0.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Juan Pierre’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead three batters later, after loading up the bases on Ryan Howard’s walk, sending Utley to second base, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. reached base on a fielding error by Greg Dobbs, which allowed Pierre to score, as Utley reached third base, and Howard stopped at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier reach base on a force out, 4-6, as Cole Hamels, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils made it a 4-0 lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Dom Brown, a single by Mayberry, sending Brown up to second base, and a single by Kevin Frandsen, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, while sending Mayberry up to third base. That would be more than enough runs support for Hamels as he would throw a complete game shutout, his second shutout in as many starts, as he would get Austin Kearns to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) would get the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up seven scattered hits and a walk, while striking out five. Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28) would get the lost as he went only five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Carlos Zambrano pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn and Ryan Webb combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Dunn (1), Webb (2)).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Triple, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Singles), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Double, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had five walks in the game.
The Phils (53-62, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (52-64, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 8, as he went just three and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. He will be trying to recover from that pitching fiasco. The Marlins plan to counter with Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to three games.