The Phillies saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon, falling 5-4 to the Miami Marlins. The Phils jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, but watched their lead slip away as the previously red-hot Cole Hamels struggled in his final innings of work.
- Cole Hamels started strong with three scoreless innings, but allowed five earned runs in his final 3.2 frames. It was just the second loss of the season for the ace, and his ERA shot up to 2.81.
- Hamels gave up two homeruns to Miami’s Hanley Ramirez, and allowed Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano to pick up RBI doubles. The lefthander just didn’t have his best stuff today, and was unable to sustain the dominate level of pitching he’s displayed all season.
- Both of Hamels’ losses this season have come against the Marlins. He’s 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA against the Fish.
- The Phillies got another decent performance from their lineup, scoring four runs on nine hits, and also working three walks.
- Jimmy Rollins picked up two hits and drove in a run. He’s on a six-game hitting streak, and has had multiple hits in three of those games. It’s good to see the former MVP finally begin to heat up.
- Hunter Pence had yet another productive game out of the three-hole, hitting his 13th homer of the year, driving in two runs, and drawing a walk.
- Placido Polanco was dropped to the seventh spot in the order today, but had another multi-hit game, going 2-4 and scoring a run.
- Carlos Ruiz finally cooled off a bit today, finishing 0-4 with an RBI. His hitless effort put an end to his six-game hitting streak.
- The Phillies announced today that reliever Jose Contreras is likely done for the season with a torn ligament in his elbow. It looks like the end of the line for the veteran reliever.